If you were to ask a random selection of, say, 100 people aged thirty-five and below what they would most like to do, a good portion would say travel. To those with the travel bug, there are few things more exciting than setting out to a new country, adventures yet unknown lying in wait. While some people break out and make their travel dreams a reality, others are left at home, looking longingly on, wondering if they’ll get their chance. They will: but only if they’re able to overcome the common obstacles that stop people travelling in the first place. Here’s how you do it.
It’s a Big, Big World
Indeed it is a big world, and this is both a blessing and a curse. For those people who have yet to set out on their travel adventures, it sometimes happens that they’re bogged down with too much choice. Instead of simply getting on the road, they look at the map and become overwhelmed with choice. Where to go? Do I stick to Europe for now, and am I ready to go to Asia? And how about the United States, just sitting over there? Instead of overthinking, choose one place you’re drawn to and stick with that. The other places will still be there later on!
It’s a bit unfair that the modern world is set up so that we have to always think about work. Jeez. If you have a steady job, you might think that you’re unable to travel, but that’s not automatically the case. You can save up your holiday time, ask for an extended break away from work, or, if it’s a job you’re not too committed to, just leave; you won’t regret it when you’re 75 and looking back at your life.
An Expensive Business
Even with a job, some people can weigh up the costs of travelling and have a sudden wave of panic that says “oh boy, how will I afford that?” Of course, that’s a natural response. But don’t let it concern you too much! Instead, look at your options. You might find that online secured loans can provide all the cash you need to have an adventure and then pay it back later. Or you might decide to live a frugal life and save up your money over a period of a year or more. Travel is expensive, but it’s always worth it!
There are some logistical barriers to known down when it comes to travel, but there are also mental barriers too. One of these will be ‘thinking sensible’; that is, thinking that travel is something you do for fun, when if you were to act sensibly then you would be focusing on career, family, or whatever else. While those things are important, so is travel! You know you’ll never be satisfied with your life if you don’t head out into the world and explore, so it’s a matter of doing it now or later on. And when you know you want something, why delay?
No Established Path
Other people want to travel, but there isn’t the same tradition of doing it from where they’re from compared with other areas. You might have older siblings or friends who have travelled, but that doesn’t matter: what is important is that you want to travel. This can be scary – it’s much easier if people in your family have done it before you – but easy to overcome. Just do it anyway! If necessary, you can fake it till you make it.
If you’re setting off an adventure that will take you away from home for longer than ever before, it’s understandable that you would be reluctant to wave goodbye to those you love. But remember: they’ll still be there when you get back, and in any case, missing people just means that you have something good in your life that you should cherish! You’ll always be able to speak to them when you have Wi-Fi, too. If you really can’t stand being away from them when you’re away, then you’re not in prison or banished from home: you can just go back!
The biggest obstacle of all is fear. It’s not easy to step out into the unknown and put yourself in situations out of your comfort zone. But that’s part of what makes travelling so exciting! Suck it up, and in a few years from now, you’ll be able to look back at one of the best decisions you’ve made.