Motivation [to Travel]

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M is for…Motivation to Travel

The letter M brings us to the halfway point in this lovely [read – frustrating] A to Z Challenge.  The farther into the challenge I get, the more insane I think I am for doing this.  I had planned many of my letters out in advance to starting this – thinking I was for once in my life not procrastinating – but I threw most of them out the window when I actually started to write.

You’re probably thinking why does anyone need motivation to travel?  Isn’t it more like, travel is our motivation to do certain things?  Well, yes it is.

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But, don’t you ever get frustrated when you’re stick at home unable to travel, working a meaningless job to earn money to fuel your travel aspirations and it almost in a weird way becomes depressing.  Don’t get me wrong…I’m fortunate to know that in less than 7 months I’m going to be living the life of my dreams.  It’s those 7 more months [after already 8 months] that are killing me.

So, here’s some of the ways I stay motivated to keep doing what I’m doing.  Here’s how I escape my job when I feel like I simply can’t take one more day of it.  How I remember why I’m working so hard to do what needs to be done in order to quit everything and have this life.

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Spend Countless Hours on Pinterest

Before I even started this blog, I was Pinterest obsessed.  As in, people actually told me I had a problem.  Except now, I have a logically good reason to be on there for hours.  So, ha!  Seriously though, just meander over to the travel section on Pinterest and take in all the travel porn your little heart can take.  If that doesn’t reignite your motivation, I don’t know what will.

Watch The Travel Channel

Maybe you’d rather watch television than sit in front of the computer screen?  The Travel Channel can be a little more educational after all and is a great way to motivate you to get out and travel more.

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Read Travel Blogs

Obviously, you can come read yours truly’s blog anytime you’d like for inspiration.  I won’t complain.  Not just because I want to keep up with other travel blogger friends do I read countless travel blogs a day, but also because it truly keeps me motivated.  To see others out there doing what I will be doing soon enough gives me an extra motivational boost that I need sometimes.

Research your Upcoming Destination

In the end, I will hardly plan any actual hard details for my trip, but I LOVE researching a trip before I go.  I will make lists after lists after lists and researching a place until my head hurts simply because it gets me excited to go.

How do you stay motivated to travel?  Do you find yourself getting down when you are stuck at home?

This post is part of the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge [2014].

Yesterday’s – Languages

Tomorrow’s – N…

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Ashley is the mastermind behind A Southern Gypsy, a travel blog focused adventure, outdoors, wildlife and Vegan food! In between bigger trips, she is delivering the best of her hometown, Nashville. Up next | Florida Road Trip, Cruise to Mexico + Honduras + Voodoo Fest in New Orleans Hates mustard & pickles. Needs coffee to function.

34 Comments

  1. Rebekah

    April 15, 2014 at 4:31 AM

    Oh pinterest….. its like crack when you’re waiting to travel. I’m pretty sure my last few months in the office were nothing but pinning pictures of Asia- and now when I’m homesick I pin pictures of Maine….

  2. Corinne

    April 15, 2014 at 5:44 AM

    I think all of the things you mention are very motivating…I love to plan my next adventure! I know what you mean about the challenge, too…it is a challenge!

  3. Rachel

    April 15, 2014 at 9:07 AM

    I dream. And plot. And plan. And plan some more on how to achieve my dream. I imagine me walking through my own woodland on my own estate, knowing it is managed with wildlife in mind. I imagine me taking one of the horses from the trekking centre out on a trial ride along streams and through more woods. I imagine sustainable farming, farmland that is managed for wildlife whilst still being profitable. I think of the woodland and countryside crafts I would bring back by various training courses and practicing them on my estate. I plan on what steps I need to take to take me to the next step, and step by step I will get closer.

    Plus I plan little adventures and look forward to escaping and exploring for a short while 😉

  4. birgit

    April 15, 2014 at 9:08 AM

    I agree with all you have stated and I love to read about the places I am going to visit and look at my pictures of places I have been to. One must keep going:)

  5. Calli

    April 15, 2014 at 10:02 AM

    Now that we are home without any foreseeable travel plans the frustration has set in all over again – with a mistress like travel this seems to be the way. You’re up when you’re on the road and crash hard when there are no trips in the future. Thanks for these tips, it can be tough to stay motivated some times.

    If you haven’t seen the Departures series on the travel channel (it’s three Canadian guys so I’m not sure if it made it to US television) definitely try to find it online. These guys travel very different and to unique places than most of the travel shows out there and were the first to really spark my desire to travel.

    As for this challenge, I am counting down the days until it’s over 🙂 It’s been a great challenge and I’ve met a lot of new bloggers but it is difficult to post six times a week.

  6. Anna - slightly astray

    April 15, 2014 at 1:19 PM

    Keep up the positive thoughts! These 7 months will pass in no time! Honestly (coming from someone who just went through this less than a month ago)!
    And when I was frustrated with my job, I just kept on thinking that it was giving me the money I needed in order to live my dream life!

  7. Chris Boothman

    April 15, 2014 at 3:30 PM

    Great review here Ashley on why we all ultimately get into the world of travel blogging – to enhance our desire to stay motivated for traveling! But do we need extra motivation? I think there is a honeymoon period whenever we first start traveling the world but there is probably a point in time that we look like we will crack and its at that point where we need some extra inspiration to keep going because it makes it all the more worthwhile. Traveling is a drug for sure, and essentially travel blogging is too (at least that’s the way I feel at the moment).

  8. SJ @ Chasing the Donkey

    April 15, 2014 at 3:59 PM

    I.NEED.MOTIVATION.TO.FINISH…. the challenge not reading your post 😛 We all need a little boost, and now I am off to get cracking on N…

  9. Rachel M

    April 15, 2014 at 10:24 PM

    How do I stay motivated to travel?
    I’m in a full time job that I hate, so in my free time I read other travel blogs in the hope that i’l also be able to make some money blogging and achieve my dream of travelling full time.

    • Ashley Hubbard

      April 21, 2014 at 3:12 PM

      I hate my full time job as well Rachel – I do a lot of daydreaming at work :p

  10. Daidri | Thee Getaway Gal

    April 15, 2014 at 11:13 PM

    Oh boy can I relate to your feelings on this challenge! It’s exactly that… a challenge. Today I wondered if I could make it another day and then I pulled through. I don’t find it hard to stay motivated to travel however, Pinterest, the Travel channel and planning trips to see my boys keep me going enough. But one thing that keeps me inspired, during the no travel time at home, is exploring what’s close by. There’s so much to see and do around you it’s like little micro adventures!

    • Ashley Hubbard

      April 21, 2014 at 3:11 PM

      I’ve been behind as of late..but I’ll still finish!

  11. Amber

    April 16, 2014 at 5:52 AM

    Pinterest is awesome for travel inspiration! I’m also slightly obsessed with pinning 🙂 I do get a bit down sometimes when I’m not traveling but actually the down time can be good… and at times even necessary! I also like to explore stuff that’s closer by when I don’t have a big trip planned, as another mentioned. I’ve discovered some pretty cool places that were in my own backyard and I never knew about!

    • Ashley Hubbard

      April 21, 2014 at 3:09 PM

      I agree Amber! I’ve discovered lots of things lately I had yet to see even though I’ve lived here forever 🙂

  12. Susan

    April 16, 2014 at 7:01 AM

    Visiting from AtoZ Challenge. Hi there! I know what you mean about waiting for time to go by. We travel a lot and I’m coming up on age 55 so I can share with you my experience. Don’t wish your days away. Later, you’ll wish you had them back. Take time to travel around where you live today. I think people get stuck in the idea that “travel” means hundreds and thousands of miles away. If we travel across town and visit someplace we’ve never been, it’s exciting and takes up the time. So … having said that … I challenge to you to take a look where you live and discover what you’re missing. And blog about it! 🙂
    Come visit me at my blog: http://freezerburned-suddenlysusan.blogspot.com I have a travel section for our many roads. Happy day to you!

    • Ashley Hubbard

      April 21, 2014 at 3:09 PM

      Good tips Susan! I’ve definitely been doing that more and more and it’s crazy to see how much I’ve taken advantage of over the years!

  13. Sam @ Travelling King

    April 16, 2014 at 8:29 PM

    Great tips Ash!
    I need some of this “motivation” you speak of!

  14. jenny@atasteoftravel

    April 17, 2014 at 3:22 AM

    You’ll be surprised how quickly the next seven months will go. I spend my non travel time planning for the next trip. That way I feel as though it is getting closer.

    • Ashley Hubbard

      April 21, 2014 at 3:07 PM

      I’ve definitely been doing a lot of that Jenny!

  15. Jen @ Growing in Faith

    April 17, 2014 at 5:11 AM

    Oh Pinterest…..that’s something I really missed being able to do when I lived in Africa-no wifi and no iphone! 😉 But hey, it was a trade off, and I loved living there!

    Great tips! Might have to go Pin some vacation ideas sometime!

    Jen @ http://faithmustardseed.wordpress.com

    • Ashley Hubbard

      April 21, 2014 at 3:07 PM

      As much as I love Pinterest, I’d rather be in Africa 🙂

  16. FYJC Merit List

    April 18, 2014 at 10:52 AM

    Hello Ashley and I liked the title – M is for…Motivation and yes I also do a lot of research whenever i plan to visit some new place. Thanks and I like the phrase, “Every mountain top is within reach…..” #sitsblogging.

    -Neha

  17. Sammi

    April 18, 2014 at 12:26 PM

    We’re over half way! Amazing! I’m getting so behind tho’ I am writing the post around about the time I’d usually schedule it for. Ugh… at least it’s over half way now, I’m gonna get there.

  18. anna parker

    April 19, 2014 at 11:04 AM

    I blame my iphone for giving me the motivation to travel MORE! it is too easy – everything has an app so any idle moment becomes an opportunity to plot! best motivation to travel is normally just getting on and booking a flight – the rest then has to be sorted! just wrote on another blog the Mark Twain quote – this sums it up for us: Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

    • Ashley Hubbard

      April 21, 2014 at 2:57 PM

      You’re right..I’m constantly on Pinterest or Instagram or something else on my iphone that keeps me daydreaming constantly!

  19. Marysia @ My Travel Affairs

    April 19, 2014 at 2:42 PM

    I never needed an extra motivation to travel, as mine is pretty high! But if I would , it always is and would be be beautiful travel photography! You look at this pictures and straight away you think, I want to see this place!

    • Ashley Hubbard

      April 21, 2014 at 2:56 PM

      I love looking at travel photography as well Marysia!

  20. Angie @ Newton's Travels

    April 22, 2014 at 8:24 PM

    We only travel a few times a year and I’m always itching to get out of here lol I do all the things you listed above.

    This challenge has been awesome for me, thanks for introducing it to me!

  21. Sharon

    April 26, 2014 at 12:32 AM

    I think I enjoy researching trips as much as I enjoy being on them!! I used to watch travel shows with a notepad and always take notes before I actually started travelling a lot. It is ages to our next trip at the moment (2.5 months lol), so I am trying to ease the pain by begging my husband to let me book something else. He said he will make a decision tonight so fingers crossed haha!!

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