How and with what money? #MillennialsOnTheMove
I am a little behind on my post due to me and my husbands recent move across the country! And I didn’t think it would be as exhausting and time-consuming as it is, but you live and you learn.
Now that you have decided on where and why you want to vacation or relocate, how do you plan to pay for it?! Most people get used to living pay check to pay check, i.e. You get your standard biweekly pay check you budget out your bills and activities you regularly like to do and then you feel like you never have enough time or money for anything extra. Most people are literally too scared to take a week off of work for a vacation because they think their job will either fall apart or the company will think that they can function without them. Americans have shown to be the least likely to use their vacation time for the above reasons, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/01/05/americans-vacation-days-2014_n_6419100.html , http://www.cnn.com/2014/10/22/travel/u-s-workers-vacation-time/ , http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2014/09/04/why-dont-americans-take-vacation-7 , http://www.pbs.org/thisemotionallife/blogs/vanishing-american-vacation
Taking time to regroup and relax is a necessity in order to continue being great at whatever you do. Just like you need to turn off electronics in order to allow them to reboot, your brain and body needs that same rest moment. Take it!… you’ve earned it!
How to plan ahead for your earned time off;
-Clock in a few extra hours before taking your trip in order to be ahead on your work
-Reach out to a coworker to see if they can assist you with any urgent work that may come up while you’re out.
-Be sure to work around the vacation time you have earned to be able to fully enjoy it
In order to finance your vacation, there are many options;
- Get a part-time job- you can use the money earned for your vacation so that you can still finance the lifestyle you have come accustomed with your full-time job/career.
- Work overtime- if your job offers overtime hours, jump on that. Instead hanging out with friends for hour happy 3 times a week or going home and being a couch potato, maximize that extra time so that you can have long-term satisfaction by traveling and experiencing the world.
- For go daily over spending- instead of shopping every sale, save that money. Every time you get the urge to shop or eat out at some expensive restaurant put the money aside for your trip and find a free or dirt cheap activity to substitute the urge. (i.e. go for a job, try cooking a new recipe, go to a museum, etc.)
The key is once you have made up your mind to take the vacation, set a date and everything. Do not go back on your word to yourself, it will become a cycle of letting yourself down. Do everything in your power to make your vacation happen.
If relocating make sure to map out realistic steps to reach your end goal. You do not have to have everything planned out, but as long as you keep your end goal/ vision of how you can see living in this new environment after researching then you can make it for any unexpected mishaps.
- First do not burn any bridges before leaving; Don’t do anything that can hinder you in the long-term. i.e. abruptly leave a job, lease etc.
- Make sure to tie up any loose ends. i.e. Farewell the family and friends, turn in your cable box, make sure to get any prescriptions you may need, etc.
- Have a loose plan- meaning nothing is completely set in stone unless you are being relocated by a company/ job or the military, even then anything can happen and plans can abruptly change. As long as you have a loose plan mapped out, you always have a road map to help you know what your ultimate goals and steps to reach are.
Financially, you have many options to finance your relocation.
- Get a part-time job/ work overtime- knowing that you are working toward a major goal of changing your lifestyle forever, any job you get will be labor done out of passion and though you may get tired you know it will all be worth it in the long-term.
- Sell items that are weighing you down- have a yard sell and get ready of as much a possible. You might have to sell stuff for dirt cheap but it’s okay material things you can get again. Of course don’t sell sentimental things, but be totally honest with yourself and realize some stuff is just junk that is keeping you stuck in an environment that you are trying to move away from. Go through your closet and see what you can sell to a consignment shop or on eBay etc. Some great places to sell furniture is online college boards, Facebook (you would be surprised at how the people you directly know may be interested in purchasing gently used furniture) & Craigslist (be careful of scams, and people who aren’t really interested in purchasing)
- Save, save, save- forgo as much as humanly possible; pricey meals, shopping, going eat, etc. You don’t have to be completely miserable before moving but you have to constantly keep in mind long-term v.s. short-term satisfaction. *Relocating is not for the faint of heart especially if it is going to be drastically different or far from your current location.*
Keep in mind through the good and the rough times that you are working towards enriching your life through this new and exciting experience. It’s not all about the end goal, it is also about the journey. Below is a short video (I plan on making a longer vlog but I have a lot of footage from the 6day trip that has to be edited) of me and my hubby driving across the country to relocate to California, check it out and comment what your future travel plans are or if you have any questions feel free to ask.