The best way to make your deams come true, is firstly to set up a dedicated savings account and regularly deposit as much as you can afford into it.
The reality is, "have money; will travel". Have not, then you only get to see the route to and from work!
Given you have funds mounting in your account set aside for travel, or "investment in yourself" as I refer to the educational and enriching experiences you gain as a result of such expenditure, the next thing to do is to begin your planning and research, according to your budget.
Those of us that live in huge countries like Australia, Canada and the USA, often choose to travel internationally whilst neglecting to get to know our home country. I believe travel both within and beyond your own country are equally valuable and worth undertaking. Don't dismiss a trip interstate if you cannot afford the big overseas venture. The month long stints I have spent in Australia's "Top End", Western and South Australia, New South Wales and Tasmania, have been at least as informative and enriching as any spent abroad. They have given me genuine insight, perspectives and experience into my own country, many well travelled Australians have denied themselves, by always choosing to travel overseas.
The next thing is to begin your research about your proposed destination(s), within your own country or abroad.
As a person who began travelling initially as a conference delegate on business trips, I always used those opportunities to extend my stay and explore the state, or country of my destination. From there I progressed to taking a year's leave without pay and travelled across Canada and Europe. I have also used my annual leave to go off and explore new destinations. But, in every case I begin with a dream and follow it with a lot of pre travel research.
Travel guide books, such as 'Lonely Planet', 'Lets Go' and 'The Rough Guides' have been invaluable sources of information over the years and guided me from Fiji and Japan, to extended travel through Europe and Africa.
More recently I have begun both using and reviewing destinations post travel on Trip Advisor and similar internet sites. These contain reviews from fellow travellers based on their experience of attractions, accomodation and more.
Talk to people who have travelled to the destinations you want to explore. What do they recommend?
A friend that knew I was travelling to Germany recommended I visit a town called Trier. It does not feature large in many tourist brochures, but like my friend, I found it to be amongst my all time favouite destinations in the world, complete with a roman viaduct and ampitheatre, a museum dedicated to wine, the Mosel river to walk along, the Karl Marx birthplace and museum and a thriving contemporary university culture.
Armed with relevant information both before and during your trip, you can make the most of your travel dollar and experience of your destination.
You can then decide whether to join an organised tour, travel with a friend or solo.There are pros and cons with each of these options.
Until quite recently, all travellers used a travel agency to make at very least their flight arrangements. These days however, it is possible to leave home and return having organised your entire trip via the internet. This is all very well when things go smoothly, but if something goes wrong with a flight booking you have made yourself, you have no comeback on anyone but yourself. I recommend using a travel agent for at least booking flights and arranging your first night's accomodation, especially if you are doing a long haul flight of six to over twenty hours before reaching your destination.
Meanwhile, go out and pick up those travel guides, or download information about your proposed destination. Read literature set in that place as well, along with viewing films and documentaries set there.
Part of the fun of travelling is that your mind departs on its journey, long before the physical reality of your journey catches up; preparation can be almost as rewarding as the destination itself!