#5. Use S.M.A.R.T. goals to increase your chance of success
There’s a chance you’ve used S.M.A.R.T. goals at work, but did you know they can be useful for achieving your personal goals as well? Try using this method to discover how to you achieve your travel goals.
1. Specific — When setting your travel goals, be specific. This first step is about identifying who, what, when, where and why when it comes to travel. This step isn’t for how you’ll meet your goals, but rather pinpointing the basics so you can understand what you really want from your travel adventures.
2. Measurable — When it comes to travel, it helps to break the goal down into measurable steps. You need to have a way to measure progress along the way. For example, if you’re planning a series of long weekends, break down your to-do list icananto measurable steps, such as plotting out when each trip will take place in your calendar planner, selecting locations, and booking accommodation. Same goes for longer trips.
3. Achievable — To make your travel dreams attainable, figure out how you will realistically make them reality. Use this as inspiration to motivate you. Do you need to take on a temporary side gig to raise the money? Have you set aside time to do research, explore options and travel deals? This is the step where you think about the time and money needed to actually tick off the trips on your travel bucket list.
4. Relevant — With this step, you’ll want to consider if your travel goals align with your overall life goals. Do these holiday plans support what’s important to you? Whether that’s volunteer travel, gaining quality time with those you love, or de-stressing by yourself, your trip plans should align with your values and want you want in life.
5. Timely — It’s smart to be realistic with time to help ensure your holiday dreams can come true. Give yourself a target date for each measurable step in the planning phase. If it will take you four months to plan that Eurotrip, jot down your steps and give yourself deadlines for completing them. If you want to take that long weekend a few weeks from now, break it down with due dates. Giving yourself time restrictions creates a sense of urgency and help keep you on track, making it more likely you’ll accomplish your travel goals.
Now it’s go-time.
Don’t just stop at the dreaming stage — do what you can to make your travel goals a reality. We can’t wait to see the places you’ll go!
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