“The great composer does not set to work because he is inspired, but becomes inspired because he is working.” – Ernest Newman, Born Nov. 30, 1868.
One of the best copywriters I am proud to know (Colin Theriot) wrote an article using the above quote as inspiration for copywriters experiencing writer’s block. I couldn’t help but think how applicable it is to travel as well.
Every day, I hear from people who say “I love your site, and will definitely use it when we plan our next trip.”
I bite my tongue, and say “Thanks for the kind words. I’ll be here when you’re ready.”
The advice I WANT to give (that would go unheard because they’d think I’m just trying to sell them my subscription service) is that…
Waiting until you’re ready to plan your next trip is just about the most expensive thing you can do.
Broken furnaces, kids’ braces, & new tires for the car almost always get in the way when you wait until travel fits in the budget. When it finally does fit in the budget, most people look for a vacation like everyone else does. They end up settling on somewhere like Cabo for a week – thinking $300 flights are great deal. (Slightly better than average, sure, but definitely not a great deal.)
Trips that are so cheap – they won’t even effect your budget are out there every day. All you have to do is watch for them and pounce on one every once in a while. (And no, that doesn’t mean you have to be willing to travel last minute.)
I don’t care if you subscribe to my service or set up a couple dozen free fare-watches on AirfareWatchdog…
Make travel a priority by watching for great deals every day and guess what:
- You’ll stumble across $29 round-trip flights to your soon-to-be fiancé’s home-town over a weekend and you’ll go to meet her friends & family. (True story.)
- You’ll take your first vacation in 10 years because you stumble across a trip you can take to London that will cost under $1200 including flight and lodging – for both of you. (True story.)
- You’ll re-discover yourself on a solo trip as a newly divorced parent on a $58 trip to Costa Rica. (When you WERE planning on staying home feeling sorry for yourself while the kids are on vacation with their Mom.) True story.
- You’ll find yourself spending Thanksgiving in Cabo because you stumbled across $110 round-trip flights. (True story.)
- You’ll stumble across cheap flights to Turks and Caicos & book your family of five for less than what others on the same plane paid for one person. You’ll then text your friends around the country who also travel “The JGOOT Way”. They’ll join you, starting an amazing lifelong “Friendcation” tradition. (True Story.)
- Although you weren’t planning on checking Hawaii off your bucket list until retirement (when the $1300 flight will fit in your budget) – you’ll go for your 10th anniversary because you found $341 flights. (True story)
- You’ll tell your out of town parents about a flight they can take for less than the cost of a babysitter. During their visit, they’ll watch the kids while you get to go on a long overdue date-night. (True story.)
“Take our whole family for the cost of one person” trips don’t wait for when you’re ready to travel. They pop up and disappear in a matter of days, and the odds of them being available “when you’re ready to look” are slim-to-none.