A Year Of Adventure: 6 Ways To Become A Badass World Traveler In 2016


As 2015 comes to a close, it's normal to get sentimental and start looking back on the memories made over the past year.

Every year has its ups and downs, and some are more eventful than others.

But as I began to think about my 26th year and the ones before it, I realized for me, there's one fool-proof way to make memories that will stand out in my mind forever, and that way is to travel.

On top of the priceless experiences that come with exploring a new place, traveling makes you a more independent, open-minded person and teaches you life lessons you might never learn cooped up at home.

So while your health and fitness goals and saving money are important (and I'm right there with you on those, too), I would argue that we should all put traveling more towards the top of our to-do lists for 2016.

To help, I reached out to two millennial travel bloggers who are killing the game, Brooke Saward of World of Wanderlust and Trevor Morrow of Trevor Morrow Travel, to find out how we can all make seeing the world a realistic resolution in 2016.

Get your priorities in order.

Whether it's limited vacation days or a lack of funds, it's easy to make excuses when it comes to travel.

Morrow, who is based in Los Angeles and has done everything from Tarzan-ing in the jungle to brewery hopping in Australia, admits his globetrotting lifestyle isn't plausible for everyone, but he says if there is even the smallest amount of wiggle room in your budget, all you have to do is prioritize.

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Start out small.

So maybe you can't afford a ticket around the world just yet. The key then is to think local.

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Saward, who booked a one-way ticket from her home on the Australian island of Tasmania to London in 2012 on the day of her college graduation and has been at it ever since, agrees.

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Be smart with your money.

Both Saward and Morrow have learned to put travel first when it comes to spending.

For Morrow, that means limiting how many times he dines out per month and making his own lunches every day.

For Saward, it's ridding herself of possessions she doesn't need, and finding free activities to do with friends.

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Of course, both are also pros at being thrifty on the road when necessary.

Morrow suggests renting an Airbnb or trying out home exchanges, Couchsurfing, and WWOOF-ing.

Saward is a fan of the app HotelQuickly, which “works kind of like Uber, but for last-minute hotels.”

Both suggested grabbing provisions at local markets instead of dining out for every meal, and taking advantage of free walking tours. Morrow says,

Morrow also recommends the book “How To Travel The World On $50 A Day” by Matt Kepnes, and Saward wrote a post titled "50 Ways I Saved (A Lot) Of Money To Travel The World" on her blog.

Do your research, but be flexible.

Saward is a visual person who starts planning a potential trip as soon as a photo catches her eye.

Morrow has a list of destinations a mile long, but he says it's important to be flexible.

It can also be helpful to plan your trips based on the time of year (“Is it rainy season in August? Will it be packed with tourists in June?”), Morrow suggests, and don't forget about current exchange rates.

Don't be afraid to travel alone.

Working around your own schedule is hard enough, which is why many of the world's top travel bloggers, Saward and Morrow included, often travel alone.

Saward says embracing the “no commitments” phase of her life made it easier to jump right in.

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Morrow remembers how he was “scared shitless” on the plane to Nepal alone at age 18.

Both travelers agree that the world isn't as scary as it looks on TV.

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Do it right while you're young.

Whatever stage in life you get bitten by the travel bug, own it! But the earlier you start, the easier it is to reap the benefits.

For Saward, who recommends everyone make Southeast Asia, South America and a Eurotrip priorities in their twenties, traveling young meant becoming more confident in herself.

Morrow points out that a well-traveled resume makes you a better person on paper and off.

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He suggests three types of trips for millennial travelers to kick off your 2016 bucket list:

Well, what are you waiting for?!