This young lady has traveled to many countries including Korea, Japan, Spain, Italy, France, Puerto Rico (multiple times), Columbia, Canada, and has a trip planned to the Dominican Republic in a few weeks. We're not taking into account the countless weekend road trips. I've known the girl since college and I've never once asked her about how she manages to travel so frequently. I always had this perception that visiting other countries would be a strain financially. But I also know that she's is pretty cost conscious. So I invited her to lunch for an interview on any tips she has for us who wish to become world travelers.
Between bites, my friend constantly restated how the Law of Attraction plays a huge part in her travels. First, she declares her desired intention to visit a certain country, then she allows everything to fall into place. "I speak it to life.....if I want to go somewhere," she stated with a firm belief. "I said to myself, I want to go to DR (Dominican Republic), and I don't want to pay a dime." A short time later, she receives an email about an inexpensive flight (for which she has enough points). Tack on the free room at the Marriott and she's pretty much set. Intention Manifested. "And when I travel, she says, the hotel usually offers free breakfast and sometimes provides other perks, so I don't spend a lot of money on food and drinks."
Perhaps the law of attraction provided her the job opportunity where she took short domestic trips for business reasons. On one occasion, she visited Phoenix for meetings. After realizing that one of the gatherings didn't start until early evening, she arranged to visit the Grand Canyon (a few hours away) and returned back in enough time to attend to business. Once the Phoenix trip was over, she took a quick flight to L.A., for a day or two, then a short cruise to Mexico before returning back home again. In one trip, this girl managed to fit in so much. Meanwhile, all I did on my trips to California was visit a few boutiques. That goes to show you how important the right mindset is. Someone who truly desires to travel will create opportunities from every situation.
Another key to her world traveler lifestyle is being known as the girl who loves to travel. For example, her trip to Korea was the result of another friend who travels internationally for work and invited her to tag along. People will often bring up the topic of travel with her which provides the perfect opportunity to offer them the use of her Marriott Rewards number as a friendly gesture. They're happy to enjoy the perks her status, she gets the benefit of more points which means more free stays.
The way she broke down her strategy for how to travel without having to spend a lot of money was eye opening. Once I realized how easy it can be as long as systems are put in place, I became excited about the possibilities. If you have any other tips for world travel on a budget, please share in the comments.