pieces of advice

Traveling is something really special. There is something nostalgic about it. When traveling, you experience culture, indexfood and people. Traveling is about the adventure just as much as it is about finding yourself. With that, I want to introduce you to Amanda. She is one of my sorority sisters who has an awesome job; not only does she encounter new lives an save people she travels. Amanda is a traveling nurse and her life is filled with many new experiences. Below Amanda writes about a few things that resonate with her and I think these things will resonate with any 20-somethings. After reading this blog post, I hope you leave with this: travel much, travel often – make it happen no matter the cost.

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Pass It On

guest blog presented by: Amanda Bentz
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“The only thing to do with good advice is to pass it on. It is never of any use to oneself.” – Oscar Wilde

I recently came across an article online titled “100 Pieces of Advice from 100-Year-Olds.” Intrigued, I found myself reading the collection of genuine, honest and somewhat humorous pieces of advice gathered from a collection of people who have lived a century. After reading advice on exercise, diets, marriage, pets, money, jobs and attitude, I paused on one that resonated with me.

 “Travel while you’re young and able. Don’t worry about the money, just make it work. Experience is far more valuable than money will ever be.”

Traveling has always been a desire of mine. I will always appreciate my roots and my small town upbringing, but I can’t help but wonder what else is out there? What am I missing if I pass up an opportunity to travel to a new location? This fueled my dream to become a travel nurse and relocate to a new hospital every three months. However, this form of travel doesn’t require extra money to be spent on my end. It’s the traveling that I want to do while I’m in a new location that costs money. As a 23-year-old with no dependents and a stable income, I feel like I am ‘young and able’ to travel. But shouldn’t I be focusing on paying off my student loans and saving money for my future?

Budgeting money is a stress that many people deal with. It’s a necessity to thrive in today’s economy. Everyone treats it differently, but I think it’s safe to say that it’s always a worry. We spend a lot of our money on tangible things that we use every day that benefit us such as groceries, clothing, gas, transportation, heat, cable, internet, etc. These are things most people consider a necessity. But traveling? That’s something that people can do without. What do you get out of traveling anyways? A week here, an extended weekend there – what’s the purpose?

“Experience is far more valuable than money will ever be.” This is my favorite part of the advice. Experience is one thing that can never be taken away from you. By traveling to new locations, we experience new things. Food, people, culture, climate, lifestyles, history – the list goes on and on. I believe that experiencing these things opens your mind and allows you to grow and develop as a person. That is something money cannot buy. That’s why I think this man is advising us to ‘make it work’. How do you do that? Well, I challenge you to figure it out.

“Now more than ever do I realize that I will never be content with a sedentary life, that I will always be haunted by thoughts of a sun-drenched elsewhere.” – Isabelle Eberhardt

within your means

“In all realms of life it takes courage to stretch your limits, express your power, and fulfill your potential. It’s no different in the financial realm”- Suze Orman

keep it within the budget

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And those were the final words I heard as I strolled out of the office last night. Keep it within the budget, was she crazy I thought to myself? So, let me give you a little background on what I am keeping in the budget. My task: find a hotel, in the city, under $200. That seems doable, but then this curve-ball is tossed in the mix: it’s for an executive. Excuse me, you want an acceptable hotel for two nights under $400 that seems impossible.

With the research done, I was off to see two hotels that I deemed two hotels “acceptable”.  Both of the hotels were nothing what we would typically put our executives in for a business trip, but with a budget there needed to compromises made. Like Suze Orman says it takes courage to stretch your limits. My boss knew she could give me this “impossible” task  because I don’t say no, nor do I back down from a challenge. There is a time when you need to realize once you are pushed to your limits you will do anything to get the job done. I negotiated with this manger until I was blue in the face. Once he realized I was not backing down or leaving, he started to give in. I am looking forward to making deals with this hotel in the future. It’s a fantastic boutique downtown and not to mention the location is stellar.

Take this for what you want, I believe that living within your means is a necessity, but I also believe that being happy is essential. Sometimes you’re allowed to splurge on things that matter to you and not to others. If that means buying those hot pink shoes, do it! If happiness means buying a flight to Germany because you’ve been absolutely dying to go, do it!  If you just need a bottle of champagne, put it on the card! Your needs and wants won’t always correlate and match up with other people’s–heck it’s not a secret they hardly ever will. After making that special purchase you will feel better even if it means living outside of your means…the little things always count. Think about it, we only have one life—what are you really saving for? Make memories now, and remember travel is the only thing that will truly make your richer.

Check out this awesome article on an easy to-do money list. Suze Orman is amazing. If you don’t know who she is, you should.