By Bongtao Chaiyanat Satjaporamet
I noticed that in the latter we often see advertising media and various articles tell the new generation to live life to the fullest. Freedom is ours, the new generation must get out and go to see the world, take an adventure, and search for life's passion. Switch apps to Instagram, there are many friends traveling, taking beautiful photos in chic restaurants or a hundred million beautiful sceneries from around the world with hashtag # good life. A society is tempting us so much that sometimes we would like to go to Suvarnabhumi airport and take the money to buy the air ticket right away.
While cutting the picture back to the real world, we found that we are secretly reading that article in the meeting room of Friday afternoon, not knowing when to end. Go out and follow our dream now! But we must finish the work and hand it to our customer first. And what about money, where can we get it? Buy the air ticket now? Just how to get to Suvarnabhumi, still must think about whether to take a taxi or take an airport link to save money.
It is true that in this era traveling abroad is no longer difficult. The airfare is not too expensive to reach and tourist information, no matter how small the city or how far it is, there are endless for you to read. But that does not mean that we can leave everything behind to live limitless life in the way that the advertisements tell us. Because we still have a lot of responsibility in life. We still have a family to take care of, have work to do, have a car and a house to pay, have internet fees to pay, have a dog to feed. Thinking of these, the world that is waiting for us is not as close as we thought.
Although, this column is called “Go Travel Now”, traveling is still a matter that should be planned first. And the most important planning Is planning money matters Finally, the excursion is inevitable about money and gold.
The way that I use for my travel planning since the first year of work is I set my own budget for the whole year, how much is the budget for this year? For example, currently, I have the budget for trips equal to 15% of annual revenue. And take this amount to manage what kind of trips I will do in a year. Some years I travel almost every month but focus on small trips, short trips, no more than three to four days. Such as visiting Hong Kong or going to neighboring countries like Cambodia. While some years focus on organizing the large trip, fly across the world to Europe, America, which must be exchanged for the whole year, may have a chance to travel only one trip.
I found that arranging travel budget for the whole year is suitable for salaried people with consistent income. This is better than arranging a budget for each trip because we see the big picture of the whole year that makes thing more flexible. Sometimes there is a cheap promotion ticket available when we are not prepared. We can change our plan and move the budget around. Finally, we still reach our big plan, we still have a trip anyway. Just not exceed our budget that all. And when we grow up in our career and have more income. Would mean that we will get a reward as a bigger budget for travel that is suitable for the responsibility of our responsibility as well.
For a big trip mostly requires a lot of money and it's not easy to save money. The most important thing is to discipline yourself and sometimes discipline is caused by self-imposed. The method that I found to be effective was setting up another separate account. By setting the second account is an account that does not have an ATM card No and doesn’t bind to the app at all. To make it difficult to withdraw. When we have a salary into the account and then arrange to transfer money into this account immediately. Then let the money lie in that reserve account for a long time. You will find that the collection of this method creates a lump sum faster than we thought.
In addition, to manage the budget, another thing we should manage is our own expectations. I have always believed that saving is a good thing. But I do not believe that the most economical will make travel the most fun or worthwhile. Because of the experience in each country may have to spend enough money in exchange for a good experience. When we collect a lot of money and use our vacation to travel, I think we should be willing to pay for what we want to eat, want to see, what it should be seen or want to try something, should try. So that doesn’t have to go home with regret later.
I believe that traveling can wait until we are ready. Don’t have to push ourselves if we are not ready. Cannot get the promotion ticket this time is fine. There will be other promotion coming soon. Design the trip to suit our budget and then decided to go on a trip, don't regret later. Travel is an investment to get experiences for life. What we think is paid to have a good experience. That experience will be with us for a very long time.
We will remember the delicious taste of that meal for a long time. We will remember the beauty of that view for a long time. We will remember the coolness of that museum for a long time.
When we got home, no one will choose to remember how much we paid. This is the value of the investment to buy experiences from tourism that cannot be measured with a number.