Planning For Long Term Travel – Dreams Into Action

Heather Markel, Writer, Speaker, Photographer, Traveler, Business Strategist

17 January 2019

How to actually get shit done instead of just talking about it. (Even if you want to do something other than long-term travel!)

Hopefully by now you’ve had a chance to check out the first post in this series. If not, then click here to read that post and download the eBook that goes along with it. Part one was about working out some of the financials. Today’s post is about helping you create concrete actions to put your plan into motion. Instead of spending another year talking about “your dream,” I’m hoping to give you inspiration and steps to make it happen! In fact, even if your goal is something other than long-term travel, the steps in the eBook at the end of this post can help you, too!

Rooftops in Portugal.

Photograph by Heather Markel, Copyright 2019

The Decision

I know it’s completely hokey sounding, but nothing actually changes until you decide to commit to long-term travel. (Or whatever your goal is.) Until you firmly decide, you’re just talking possibilities and dreams. When you decide, it’s where integrity and alignment happen – your thoughts, your actions, and your words all head in the same direction. Before I made my own decision I would think about what I wanted, all the time. I compare myself during that time to Walter Mitty – having constant daydreams about what I’d rather be doing, but taking no action towards doing it. Once I made the decision to change my life, I started taking action instead of procrastinating, and where I didn’t know what to do, I asked for help. This was the time when those voices in my head changed. Instead of warning me about all the possible things that could go wrong (and boy, was there a long list!) they suddenly talked to me about all that could go right, and, when I doubted myself, the voices of reason presented all the reasons I was making the right decision.

“Until you actually decide to commit to your goal, you won’t be able to take actions towards it.”

Your Limitations.

This is probably one of the toughest parts to do. Some of the reason you haven’t been able to put your plan into action is that you haven’t fully come to terms with what you’ll have to give up. There are the tangible things, like an apartment, or stuff, but the intangible stuff is harder. These are items like stability, proximity to friends and family, and so forth. Once you get really honest about this part, you can start making a real plan about how you’ll work around these things, and, also, decide whether you are willing to let go of these things in order to move forward, or whether, in fact, you’re actually happier holding on to what you’re familiar with and don’t want to give all this up.

Woman selling food, Hanoi, Vietnam.

Photograph by Heather Markel, Copyright 2019


Once you’re ready to commit to your plan, you of course need to figure out all the detailed actions to take. This step can be hard if you focus on all the millions of things you have to do – it can feel like a big ball of neer-ending actions that gets so overwhelming you feel paralyzed into inertia! OR you can break things down into manageable pieces and timelines. For myself, and for many clients I’ve worked with, I’ve found this last piece to be the crucial difference between talking about getting things done, and actually getting them done.

Here is eBook #2 in the series. Just click on the image to the left to get your copy. It takes you through the steps above and more. Even if you have a different long-term goal than travel, the steps in this eBook will help you take action. Feel free to share it.

After you click the eBook cover, Scroll down if you want the last eBook in the series as well!

If you enjoyed the first two eBooks and would like the last one in the series – How to Afford it – with 8 tips on both how to save money before you go, and ideas to save money while you travel, just sign up for your copy below! It will be emailed to your inbox within minutes. 🙂

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