As much as I love traveling, I have heard so many people come up with reasons as to why they can’t travel right now or why they don’t want to travel. Well, for those who like to bring up a good point like myself, here is your ammo.
1. It’s too expensive. I have said it before and I have said it again, I will NEVER EVER regret money that I have spent on traveling. The experiences you gain and what you learn is so much more than money could ever buy you. You will not remember a $300 dollar dress you had when you were 20, but you will remember the trip to Cancun you had with your girlfriends in your college days for $800. Don’t buy the dress, save the money for something even more enriching.
2. I can’t afford it. This makes sense to some point. However, I get this from a lot of college students and I just tell them like it is. If you want it, you have to work your ass off and stop buying clothes and coffee every day. It’s not too out of reach. It just takes self-control and a savings account. If you want it, you can do it. It may take time, but it will be worth it. I’d rather travel than buy a new pair of shoes.
3. There’s war out there. There sure is, but not everywhere. I have a lot of people saying “Oh, well three months ago 3 Americans were killed there.” That’s truly heartbreaking and terrifying but if you think about it, how many international visitors die in the U.S.? Anywhere you go, you can find something bad that happened but that doesn’t mean it will happen to you. There were also probably hundreds of people that made it out safe. Now, if there is a full blown war happening in a country, you probably couldn’t fly there anyways and would want to stay away.
4. You have your whole life to travel. Oh, the amount of times older people have told me this. I suppose that’s true, but why not get started now? Who knows if I will die in the next month? I want to start adventuring the world while I’m young and keep going until I’m older. Who knows if a job or family will stop me from being able to travel as frequently as I want to? My whole life has already started and so should my traveling. You’re never too young to go on an adventure. Especially if you’re smart about it.
5. I don’t have time. Ahhhh… time. This is also a valid reason. However, if you have vacation days or weeks, use them for this. In college, you have nothing but time during your breaks. Even just a week is enough for an adventure.
6. I’m scared. This is understandable. You would be leaving your comfort zone. But sweet dearest, you will never overcome a fear until you face it. I still get nervous going to a new place, but you will be shocked to find how quickly you adapt to foreign places. You fall in love with that adventure and it will be hard to get you on the plane back home.
7. I can’t go alone. This is also scary, so maybe start by going with a tour group. However, if you are alone and you go somewhere new, you will be much more likely to step up and meet people and join into a culture much more willingly then if you had someone by your side. I’m not saying this is harder with two people but you will be much more excited to throw yourself into somewhere if you are by yourself and know that is exactly what you have to do to create new relationships.
Does this cover all of them? I am not sure, but it’s a good start. So STOP making excuses and get your butt in gear! Traveling is an amazing experience and one that reading or watching will never justify. YOU have to do it and you can start as soon as you want. Comment below with any suggestions or stories you have. 🙂