Just Go: How to Make Time to See The World

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They say money makes the world go round. And in some ways, it does. It certainly provides a deciding factor in what we can and cannot do. But in reality, you can always make more.

There is one thing that once you spend you can never get back: time.

Time is precious. Once the clock has ticked by, you can never get those minutes back. Unless you’ve figured out the trick to time travel, in which case kudos to you. For the rest of us, we have to make the best of what we have left.

And for me that doesn’t mean sitting back and watching it pass.

There’s been a trend around the internet about the concept of slow travel. Rob Loyd wrote his five reasons to give slow travel a chance in a post published on the Flights.com blog earlier this year, which points out solids reasons in favor of taking an easier pace versus checking the sights off a list. He makes a solid argument. I mean really, how much fun does it sound to rush from landmark to landmark, struggling to conquer the mysteries of public transportation in a new destination (if there even is any), and fighting the hoards of tourists trying to do the exact same thing as you?

No thank you.

The thing with the travel slow concept, as I see it, is that people assume that in order to slacken that pace, you need lots of time. Not true.

Let’s say you have one weekend. Now, you know how you would ideally like to spend that weekend, right? Relaxing, I’m sure, after a long week of work. I’m totally on board with that idea since starting my new full-time work gig (newsflash? Yes, but more on that later!). The weekend comes, and like you, I want to sit back, kick up my feet, and go on at least a mental vacation. If I can convert that into a physical vacation though, all the better.

And guess what? It’s entirely possible.

Let’s make a hypothetical situation out of an actually possible scenario. I live in Fort Lauderdale. Puerto Rico lies pretty much in a straight line to the southeast. And there are direct 2-hour flights between FLL and San Juan. So, in theory, it would take me roughly 3-4 hours to transport myself to San Juan for a weekend. Or even just for a Saturday night. Fly out first thing on Saturday morning, leave after dinner on Sunday. Spend one day wandering the streets of Old San Juan, the other sitting on a beach. Could I sit on a beach in Fort Lauderdale? Sure, but it’s not Puerto Rico. And it’s so close it’s almost a sin not to go.

There’s a cost to be sure, but that comes down to priorities. Lunch out every day? Or a plane ticket for a weekend away? It’s a choice. I’ve talked about this before in a post arguing that yes, you can travel too, so I won’t go there again now.

I’ll step off my soapbox on the value and importance of travel, and instead offer you my own five practical tips on how you too can make time to see the world.

1. Realize that time is a limited resource

And then decide what you want to do with it. If travels seems to stressful, that’s fine. If feeling like you’re missing out on living life to the fullest by sitting at home is more stressful, then take the next step.

2. Do your research

Find out which places are in your 2-4 hour radius, and start looking into what’s there that might catch your interest. It could be as simple as a really awesome brewery, or a concert that’s coming. And don’t forget to look in your own backyard as well.

3. Keep an eye on expenses

Determine how much money you would need to enjoy a chosen location properly, and then save. Don’t go if you can’t afford it and you’re going to have to watch every penny, because trust me, that sucks. And kind of defeats the point.

4. Find travel buddies

To each their own as far as travel style, but my hostel days are over. The only accommodations I want to share are those which my friends are sharing with me. Whether you rent a hotel or an apartment, having other people there is the easiest way to help with the costs. Plus you’ll have people there to help you catch that perfect shot of you gazing effortlessly off the balcony to post on Instagram later, and won’t get frustrated with your 150+ attempts to capture said shot.

5. Just. Book. It.

Planning is well and good, and talking about it and researching are certainly part of the process, but if you don’t do anything about it… well, have fun sitting on the couch scrolling through other weekend adventurers’ photo feeds. No one wants to be THAT girl/guy…

But in all honesty, don’t let excuses stop you from getting out and about if that’s what you want to do. Time will pass, so make sure you’re leaving behind a story worth telling. Even if some chapters are shorter than others.


*This post is brought to you in partnership with Flights.com. All opinions and thoughts stated are completely my own in order to provide the most honest and beneficial information possible.

  • All great points Amy! I am a fan of having less but meaningful experiences on a trip than to rush to get the “checkbox” in all the key places.

    • Exactly Jess!! I’m totally fine with missing a few things as long as I’m having a great time – it’s that feeling that I’ll be bringing home with me, and that lasts far longer than any thrill I’d get from checking off every single landmark.

  • I completely agree with you here, Amy. People always tell me that they wish they had the time or that they’re waiting to be at a place in their lives where they can comfortably take vacations. If you make it a priority in your life, like skimping on eating out and saving for travel instead, it will happen! You don’t want the first time you’re experiencing all of this to be when you’re too old to enjoy it 🙂

    • Absolutely Michelle!! Maybe the curse of the constant traveler isn’t the fact that you’re always on the go, always in some state of semi-jetlag, but rather that you will be forever asked how you do it by those who don’t understand it! lol But honestly, it’s not that I think everyone can travel everywhere all the time – many people have very solid reasons for not going – but when reasons cross that line into excuses, then a shift of priorities can make all the difference. 🙂

      • Hahaha plagued by questions of the settled :p and yeah, I completely agree. Traveling has its socioeconomic complications—a whole new discussion in itself!

  • I absolutely LOVE the slow travel concept. I’ve been trying to do more of it the more I travel, taking the time to walk around, sit in a corner cafe and watch the people go by, listen to the ebb and flow of the city, and learn the personalities of the neighborhoods! That, to me, gives you a way better understanding of a place than just going, taking a selfie, and checking something off your bucket list.

    • Ah how am I just answering this comment!! I swear I read it, and must have thought I replied. Slow travel is definitely more my stye, and even more so now that I am working full-time. The last thing I want to do on my much appreciated time off is rush around like it’s my job lol. And you do notice so many things that help you absorb a destination when you take the time to notice. 🙂

      • Haha! No worries! I hear you on the rushing around like it’s your job – since both of us have jobs that make us rush around while we travel, it’s nice to have moments to savor when we DON’T have to work!

        • 100%!! Took a nice off-line break over the holidays too – was so refreshing to turn off the noise for a spell. Digital detoxing has some fantastic benefits! 😉

  • ecklund74567

    I think we need to make us refresh so more and enjoy the nature as so far. So i think every people need to take the time to see the world and find so more entertainment in our life.