One thing I hear repeatedly from people is that ‘one day’ they’ll take a holiday to France.
But how to make this happen when family responsibilities, perhaps money, job commitments, and other distractions complicate the simple desire to just go? I have been lucky enough to holiday in France regularly (no mean feat when you consider that I live in Australia!). However, please don’t think that this is because I have family money, won lotto, or have a job that takes me overseas.
No, I have had to manifest these frequent trips to my beloved France by sheer belief and intent. I want to share with you my particular way of making travel a reality.
So, let's get this party started!
- Be clear about your dream. To go on a holiday to France, yes, but to any destination in particular? Paris? Nice? The Loire? And for how long, really? I say ‘really’ because you will need to be realistic in your dream, especially for this first manifestation exercise.
- Write it down: ‘I want to go to the Loire Valley for 2 weeks in September 2017’. Or, whatever it is. It has to be believable. By this I don’t necessarily mean easy (or, you would have done it by now…) but not hugely impossible for you to get your head around. Make the date some time into the future so that you can get your manifestation juices working!
- Consider travelling on your own, especially of your significant other isn’t fussed, or you don’t have a significant other. Invite a girlfriend, peut-être. I LOVE travelling alone. I can do whatever I want, when I want. Just remember to take a smartphone with you for when quiet times (read ‘loneliness’) shows up! And it will, occasionally…
- Tell everyone of your holiday plan. Constantly. Ask for people to help you see it, to support you in your dream, to cheer you on! Often.
- Start saving. For me, this means setting up a direct deposit – weekly – of some small amount that I won’t miss. Say $15 or $20 per week. The amount of people who undervalue this step never ceases to amaze me. Like, their long-held dream is going to get any more real, or affordable, in the future. It’s incredible - in my experience - how quickly you can adjust to (and forget about) this small amount of money, and yet how quickly it can accumulate into a bit of a stash. This is one area where ‘time flies’ works in your favour! Create a 'Holiday' account, name it 'France, and get saving.
- Get organised with a Frequent Flyers program. I use Qantas here in Oz. Find one which works for you. These programs often involve using a credit card to accumulate points. However, and I stress this point, DO NOT EVER use a credit card unless you can pay it in full by the due date. Nothing, I repeat nothing, is worth accumulating interest payments for. I mean, there goes your little savings plan. If you can manage a credit card well, use it for everything! I currently have enough points for a Business Class flight around the world, and no debt.
- Ask your family to put any birthday, Christmas or ‘treat’ money into this account. Sell stuff you don’t need, have a garage sale – whatever – and put all of your money into your holiday account. Save all your gold coins in a jar – seriously! It’s an amazing feeling to watch your savings grow…manifestation in action!
- Now, increase the amount that goes into this account as soon as you can. Remember how quickly you got used to $15 being gone? Now update it to $25 or $30. That’s more than $1500 per year…for starters!
- ‘Clear out the clutter and debris of compromise’. Physical and emotional baggage will only cloud your resolve and your ability to focus. Clarity of intent will always help your goal.
- Research cost-effective travel options, and stay on board with my blog as I research affordable alternatives to expensive travel plans. Travelling with a buddy can cut costs for accommodation or hiring a car, for example, but sometimes a single room in a cool hostel will work a treat!
Make the decision
The most important takeaway from this post is the decision…the intent. It’s not going to work to dream of ‘one day’. If you are serious, it’s time to say so, talk about it, write it down, and put your money where your mouth is, now. Begin it now!