Finding the balance between time and $.
OK! Real talk here... I definitely don't get out as much as I want to (or as much as social media makes it look like I do). This is something that I've been working on. Back when I was living in Canada I would only get out of the city every few months... and even then it was a serious chore to get my butt in gear and drive (or fly) to my new destination.
I have always told myself that traveling would be my priority, and that if I EVER have a chance to go somewhere new, I will ALWAYS do my best to try and make it work into my schedule. This is all easy when its an idea, but the execution is quite difficult especially when you're working a full time job and only have a hand full of vacation days that you can use throughout the year.
Moving to New Zealand has given me many opportunities for me to be able to experiment with different types of work and different amounts of work (FT, PT, FUNemployed etc). I honestly found that when I had a strict work schedule, I found myself daydreaming of all of the places I wanted to go but never had the time (even though I had the mulah!).
The balance between having the time to go and travel and the the money that I can spend on travel is fricken difficult let me tell you. I've been in the situation where I've been FUNemployed and had 7 days a week to travel, but then couldn't fill up my tank in my car to even get me out of the city let alone all the way to someplace epic and Instagram-worthy (sad days).
I definitely don't have the answers for you as to what the perfect balance is because obviously every person has a different standard of living and different needs (and wants), but I WILL say this... find out what is most important to you and STICK WITH IT! If you LOVE traveling, fricken find a way to travel and stop making excuses! If you love money... well then, find yourself a way to make absolute HEAPS of that stuff (and then share it with a friend aka. me).
Life is way too short and there are so many people who believe that they can't live the life that they want. Stop what you're doing and think, make a list, or talk to some people. Happiness is so important and for me I found I am happiest when I am out and exploring. So to finish off this (what was supposed to be short but has now turned long) post about getting out and exploring, I've shared a few photos below of an awesome last-minute sunset-chasing mish that Ryan and I took. Believe it or not... its simple moments like this that make me the happiest - epic views and epic amounts of love.