We all have ambitions to go traveling around the world. I have regularly told myself that I will go away. But like many people, I told myself I need more money to do it.
The reality is that it is becoming easier to go traveling on a budget. So what’s holding us back?
It’s very easy to become entrenched in your everyday life. You may become too anxious to snap out of it to go on a long-distance journey, much less do something long-term like a gap year or sabbatical.
Money Makes the World Go Traveling
We obviously need money to go traveling. It enables us to experience all that a country or place has to offer. In my opinion, it is likely that you are going to be stressing out more than enjoying your time away if you keep counting the bills, and worry how much you have left to last a certain period of time.
Whilst it sounds romantically endearing, budget travel can be a restriction to how much we can enjoy place that we visit. A lot of people I know spent months, even years, working hard to save money to go traveling. When they return, they always seem all the more content and excited to plan their next vacation. I guess the traveling bug never really leaves you after a life-altering trip.
The Fear Factor
Feel the fear, but do it anyway. Click to Tweet
This is a family mantra I would like to think holds true in the context of traveling. Yet, it is often one of the biggest issues you face whilst making your travel plans. So many ‘what-ifs’ creep up and make you consider the difficulty associated with traveling.
Lots of people just stay home and rarely even go traveling out of their country of birth because of the nervousness associated with going on long term excursions. I don’t think that this is the best way to live, but what if you get stuck in a non-traveling rut?
To Travel or not to Travel
Traveling can be simply defined as going from one location to another for pleasure. This doesn’t necessarily mean going out of your home country. It could be something as simple as going for a road trip lot of us do most weekends.
To understand the differences between long and short term traveling, it’s essential to just think about what’s holding you back in the first place. Some of these factors might be:
- Missing family and friends
- Current affairs issues in other countries
- Language barrier
- Fear of jabs
There’s no doubt anything in the world can consequently become a traveling hindrance. Even something as little as bugs! But it’s essential to not let those factors put you off.
In order to live life to the fullest and really see the whole world, you just have to let go of the little things that are easily forgettable. Once you see the Eiffel Tower, stroll along the streets of Manhattan, or even go bungee jump from Bloukrans Bridge in South Africa, you get caught up in the amazing moment. You feel glad that you let go of your fears and decide to live life to the fullest.
On that note, I think I’m going to escape for some winter sun and go on a dune buggy in Dubai! But I want to hear your opinion.
Have you ever struggled with overcoming fears before deciding to go traveling? Have you even been put off going to more far flung destinations because of uncertainty? I’d love to hear from you, so leave your comments below.