Top 3 ideas for a travel-hungry student to make their travel dreams come true, starting today! (2/3)

It’s Student Volunteering Week at King’s College London and KCLSU – and we have the pleasure of featuring a guest blogger and KCL Alumna, Shari Mitchell write her second of three blogposts in the KCL Transformational Travel Series.

Many times, the hardest part about travelling is actually making it happen. Lack of time, money, resources, and availability are just a few influencers behind not making your travel dreams a reality. However, I’ve discovered three powerful ways to ensure that you don’t allow your current circumstances to cause you to give up on your dreams of travel before you even try.

Read about them below.

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1. Set a Powerful Intention

A great first step toward making your work, study or volunteer abroad experience into reality is to set a powerful intention.

An intention is the starting point of realising every dream.

It starts with the question “what do I want?”

So how do you set an intention when it comes to your transformational travel experience? Simple. All you have to do is write out a list of the things (goals, dreams, wishes and desires) that you want to make a reality in order for your overseas journey to come true.

Your intentions should be as positive, clear and specific as humanly possible. Furthermore, they should make you feel inspired and excited. And lastly, detach from the outcomes of your intentions. Sounds counterintuitive, I know, but you need to let go in order to get out of your own way.

Some examples of intentions can be:

  • The money, resources and people that I need to travel to [name of country] for [length of time] are in my life right now
  • I am leaving for [insert country] on [date – day / month / year], and I can’t wait!
  • [Insert experience e.g. volunteering, working, studying] abroad in [insert country] is the best decision of my life.

The more specific and detailed your intention can be, the faster it will begin to enter into your reality.

Your intention might also be to develop your employability. If you are interested to discover how you can build your knowledge, attributes, skills and experiences with global opportunities, just come chat to us at King’s Careers & Employability for advice and support!

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2. Use Positive Affirmations

Secondly, one of the best things you can do to make your travel dreams come true is to speak it into existence with positive affirmations.

Positive affirmations are short powerful statements, phrased in the present-tense, to describe a goal, dream or state of being, in its completed state.

Examples of positive affirmations that you can use to inspire your transformational travel dreams include:

  • I am expanding my cultural awareness whilst discovering the world
  • I travel safely to every exciting destination
  • I am grateful for a safe, smooth and comfortable journey to [insert destination]
  • I am divinely protected from the moment I wake up until the moment I fall asleep in [insert location]
  • I am a worldly, fun, confident, and interesting person who attracts positive, like-minded locals and fellow students/travellers to me


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3. Create a Travel Vision Board

Lastly, create a vision board all about your dream travel experience.

A vision board is usually a poster or board with visual images of what you want to do, have, or achieve. It helps to visualize your goals or dreams.

In this respect, creating a travel vision board will look like a board (physical or virtual) filled with pictures of the place you’d love to go for work, study or volunteering, the things you would like to do or see, and what you would love to experience.

This is yet another great way to stay excited, inspired, hopeful, focused, motivated and confident in making your transformational travel dreams a reality.

As you begin to include powerful intentions, positive affirmations, and a beautiful travel vision board you can’t stop looking at into your plans, you’ll slowly realise that you can do anything you set your mind to, despite the obstacles in your way. Then suddenly, the obstacles seem more like welcomed challenges than roadblocks you can’t overcome.


Written by Shari Mitchell for King’s Careers & Employability