October 10, 2011
at Made Woman Magazine we express a lot of our thoughts on what
qualities make a Made Woman: ambition, dedication, a sense of charity
and great style to name a few. But one of the most desirable
qualities of a MADE woman is her openness to new ideas and her
willingness to step outside of her comfort zone. It makes perfect
sense, then, that a Made Woman has to get out there and explore the
Ok, we know what you're thinking. "I'm too broke and traveling is expensive!!," or “Does Vegas count?,” or, a personal favorite of mine, "I don't have a boyfriend. Exotic trips are a couples thing." The truth is, none of this should hold you back. Sure, you might not have an endless cash flow, but you'd be surprised at the vacations you can plan when you put yourself on a budget and start saving. Now, this might hurt a little bit. Some things (like getting your nails done every two weeks) will have to take a back seat to planning your dream vacation. But, if you can save even $100 a month, (and maybe get really into it and add $20 here and there to your travel fund) you're in excellent shape. That money adds up in no time, and you can buy that plane ticket!
Maybe you're single. Ok... Grab some friends and get to planning! You can try talking to them and getting them to commit to a set plan, but keep in mind that coordinating several people for something where money is involved can be difficult. If an entourage isn't for you, call up one of your best friends, someone you trust and enjoy, and ask them to share this journey with you. You can motivate each other to save and share an experience in a place neither of you have ever been before!
Now, when I say step outside your comfort zone... THINK BIG! I'm sure you have seen pictures of the Eiffel Tower, the Colosseum or the Vatican in Rome. Wouldn't you like to take pictures in front of these monuments and experience a different country, different languages, different food… and different men? Visiting new countries and experiencing what they have to offer can change your outlook on your life and other people. Traveling has the power to enrich your life in ways that most things you spend your hard earned cash on can't. The world is way bigger than these wonderful, but all too familiar 50 States of America. You're young and fabulous, so get to planning and start collecting some stamps on that passport!