Have you always wanted to travel the world? Do you find yourself dreaming of new and exciting places?
If you answered yes – then ask yourself: what’s stopping you?!
We have this undesirable ability to justify why we can’t do something, so much so that we can convince ourselves of almost anything. We often fill our heads with questions and hypothetical scenarios of doubt – I know, I do it on a daily basis.
“What if…” “But…” “One day…”
What if we just turned the tables, even just a little bit. Why don’t we turn our doubts into possibilities? Wouldn’t that be nice? Lately, I’ve started to try not to question every little thing. I’ve decided that I’m going to do what I want to do, and nothing is going to stop me – no matter how big or small these challenges are. If I want to travel…I’m going to travel. And you can do this too!
It’s time to stop saying “what if” and start saying yes!
I’ve spoken to many people who would love to travel but haven’t, and as it turns out, their excuses all seem to stem around the same few reasons.
I want to travel but…
1. “I can’t afford it!”
This is probably the most common excuse not to travel. So you can’t afford to stay in a fancy hotel? Don’t worry, neither can I! But you know, that’s not the only way to travel. I’ll tell you a little secret, you don’t have to be rich to travel. In fact, you’ve probably seen those crazy stories about the people who travel on less than $15 a day. Okay, perhaps you don’t have to travel that cheaply, but there are always other options.
Instead of staying in hotels, consider hostels. Instead of travelling to Europe, consider Southeast Asia. Instead of buying that flat screen TV, buy a plane ticket. Instead of eating out everyday, consider making your own food. You see where I’m going with this?
It’s all about getting your priorities straight, changing your habits and making sacrifices. Of course, it’s not going to happen miraculously overnight, but if you put your mind to it, travel is definitely achievable in the long run.
So next time you go to buy the $15 cocktail on a night out…think again!
2. “I don’t have the time!”
The truth is, no one ever really has time.
However, if you really want to travel, you have to MAKE time.
Remember, travel doesn’t necessarily have to be time-consuming. A local weekend getaway can be just as satisfying as a month-long vacation in Europe. Like I’ve said, one of my favourite places to visit is the Mornington Peninsula and that’s only an hours drive for me! If you want to go on a longer trip, save up your annual leave hours for a big trip!
Instead of saying, “I’ll do it someday” – ask yourself: if not now, when? There’s always going to be a better time to travel, but honestly, the best time to start is now. Stop prolonging what you want to do or it will be too late. So if you really DO want to make a change, go for it.
It’s time to make your dreams a reality!
3. “I have no one to go with!”
Let me tell you, travelling solo is not something new. In fact, there are plenty of travellers who wouldn’t travel any other way.
If group travel isn’t for you, consider staying in hostels and take part in group walking tours. You’re bound to meet some like-minded people on the road.
I’m planning on going on my first solo trip next year and I can’t wait!
4. “It’s not safe to travel”
It’s certainly wise to think about your safety abroad. Truth be told though, nowhere is really safe. Yes, you may get robbed, scammed or even killed, but honestly this could happen anywhere. There are bad things happening all around the world, even in our own backyards. So don’t ever let these fears keep you from seeing the world!
Always do your research before you go. Check online travel forums and government travel warning website (i.e. Smartraveller) to find out about the current situation in the destination you are looking to travel.
Always use common sense. The most important way to keep safe is to be aware of what is going on around you. Be street smart at all times – most of the time, bad things only happen when you let your guard down.
Need that extra push?
Check out these amazing, inspirational posts by some of my favourite travel bloggers!
How To Travel The World Even When You’re Broke by A Globe Well Travelled
How To Change The “I’m Too Poor to Travel” Mindset by Nomadic Matt
How To Make Friends While Travelling Solo by Adventurous Kate
Top 10 Travel Safety Tips For Women by Adventurous Kate
Staying Safe When You’re On Your Own by Twenty-Something Travel
How To Travel The World For Free by The Blonde Abroad
I would love to travel but….but what? There’s always going to be an excuse, so it’s your responsibility to find a way around it and take every opportunity to travel the world. Because, why not? What’s there to lose? Don’t let these travel excuses hold you back! Come on now. . . book that ticket!
The only thing standing between you and your goal is the bullshit story you keep telling yourself as to why you can’t achieve it.” ― Jordan Belfort
Do you find yourself making excuses not to travel and live out your dreams? How do you overcome them?