Motivation is not an unlimited wellspring but a battery that has to be kept fully charged. While the idea of travel is always inspiring, sometimes life gets in the way and then suddenly, your eyes are no longer on the prize.

I’ve had my share of ups and downs but I refuse to let the downs distract me from my passion. I always keep in mind that, motivated people can achieve anything they set their mind to and that brings me to the question, how can one stay motivated? especially to travel? It’s very important to find ways to stay motivated to travel, and today I share with you a few of them:

Hold yourself accountable — The best thing you can do to stay focused is to be held accountable. Being accountable to others will help make sure that you don’t fall off the wagon. They will help keep you focused on your goal, and the social pressure to stay on track will provide some extra motivation to follow through. Whether that is betting money, having someone check in on you, keeping track of goals, or having someone help you plan, just being held accountable will force you to stay focused, even on those days you don’t feel like it! Accountability ensures action and can force you to follow through when a lack of energy would otherwise hold you back.

Research places to go — keep reading about places you want to visit and eventually you’ll get there. It may sound ordinary, but by always keeping travel on my mind, I’m always excited about my future trips. Thinking about doing something all the time will make it happen.  I’m constantly researching destinations online, reading news from overseas, and generally getting to know the world better. The more I learn about different places, the more I think, “There are so many places to see and no time to waste! Let’s go explore”

Read travel blogs — Reading about other travelers’ adventures can show you that it is easier to travel than you thought, provide advice and tips on the art of travel, and teach you about places you’ve never heard of. One day you’ll get sick of living vicariously through others, and you’ll go out and create your own travel stories. Remember an encouraging environment is a better environment!

Read books —  Reading travel blogs is good , travel books are even better because they cut deep into a destination and open it up in a way a short travel story can’t. You can’t understand a location’s present if you don’t understand its past so be sure to read books about where you are going on future trips so you can get a deeper understanding of the place.

Devote time – Stuff always seems to come up, right? I was planning to visit Benin in February and then suddenly, February was here and I was busy with something else. It could also be that, you decide today’s the day you’re going to plan your trip but then you forget you have an appointment to catch up with. A better way forward will be to choose a day and time you are normally not busy and devote that time to planning your trip. Make it a consistent part of your schedule and develop a habit so that it doesn’t feel like a task you have to do instead, it becomes just something you do automatically.

Learn a language — Join a class and pick up a language you might use on the road. If you start learning the language, you’ll hate to waste your new skill and the only way to use it is to travel to where they speak it!

There’s only today, so use these tips to help stay motivated about your next trip.

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