Two things are responsible for quashing most dreams of adventure: time and money.
If you are short of time you must do one of the following:
- Quit your job
- Cut out time-consuming stuff (TV, internet, IKEA, commuting, sleeping etc.)
- Have a microadventure
If you are short of money you must do one of the following:
- Earn more (without costing you more time)
- Spend less
- Get saving
But saving up enough money to -say- climb Mont Blanc or cycle to Timbuktu, is easier said than done. That’s where a genius little tip from a friend comes in. It is a brilliant motivating tool whether you dream of a solo journey or heading off with a friend.
Here, then, is a way to save up enough money to have a genuinely good adventure. It is simple, effective, quite painless and also gives you enough time
1. Start a new bank account. This is the only hassle of the whole plan. And it’s not much of a hassle at all. I set up a new account with Smile in under 15 minutes.
2. Set up a Standing Order from your main bank account to the new account. Each week transfer £20 to the new account. (If you can’t afford £20 a week even after cutting out your daily cup of coffee and a couple of beers here and there then choose a figure you can afford. Just don’t use this as an excuse to do nothing at all.) The important thing is to choose an amount that you can spare without much stress or worry.
3. Persuade a friend to do the same.
The hardest part is over. This is such a painless way to raise £1000 of money for your adventure in just one year. Now it is time for the second phase of the scheme:
4. Tell everyone that in one year’s time you are going to cycle to Sweden or run to Romania or hitch-hike to Hanoi.
5. You now have one year to sort out every aspect of the adventure (commitment, equipment, fitness, time off work).
I have set up this process myself now. I have no idea what I will be doing one year from now, but I like the fact that I have taken the first step towards making sure that boring old money will not prevent me doing a great trip next year.
Why don’t you do this yourself? Today. You might not know yet what adventure you would like to do with your £1000. But if you do know why don’t you make it public right now: commit to the plan in the comments section, and I’ll personally email you in a year to check up on your master plan.