Each year, citizens of every country travel far and wide to explore and experience new cultures around the world. Their travel adventures take them to exotic destinations throughout Europe, the Caribbean, South America, Africa, Asia, North America, and many other destinations across the globe. Though some may struggle with whether or not they will leave their comfort zone, many more do not let anything get in their way. For example, according to the U.S. Travel Association, 663,000 Americans traveled to India in 2011, making it one of the most popular travel destinations for Americans.
If you are not one of those who take the opportunity to travel, be it within or outside of your own country, you may want to ask yourself the following question: “Why am I not traveling more?” There are many roadblocks and excuses we create to not discover what else is out there. Knowing those reasons is just the beginning to being able to convince yourself to start traveling more.
When you consider making plans to travel, do you find yourself listing off excuses as to why you just can’t? If this is the case, you need to look past this list and turn each roadblock into a reason to travel. These may be some of your reasons:
-I can’t afford it
-It’s too dangerous
-I don’t have anyone to travel with
-I don’t have the time
-I have kids
-I am too old
Make it happen
These are just excuses that stand between you and your future travel plans. Don’t let them get in the way! For every excuse listed above, there’s a way to turn it around and make your dream of traveling a reality. Here are some ways you can change your negative excuses into positive thinking:
-I can’t afford it: If you really want to travel, you’ll make it happen. Look for opportunities to save in your day-to-day life, and set aside that money for travel. And while there are always expenses involved in travel, there are many, many ways to stretch your money while traveling, including staying in alternative lodgings, packing light, and taking trains or public transit instead of planes and taxis.
-It’s too dangerous: In many cases, traveling is no more dangerous than staying at home. Look into your destination(s), take precautions, and avoid traveling alone if necessary. If you are prepared and have planned ahead, you’ll be more ready for what kind of dangers are out there, and you can allow yourself to relax and have a good time.
-I don’t have anyone to travel with: There are countless opportunities to travel in groups, even if you don’t know anyone. Research group travel and tours, and when you find something that fits with what you want, you’ll have both an adventure and a chance to make new friends. And if group travel doesn’t appeal to you, why not think of your adventure as a way to get to know yourself? Spending some time alone is good for everyone.
-I don’t have the time: Saying you don’t have time to travel is just like saying you don’t have enough money to travel. If you really want to travel, you’ll make the time to do so, even if just over a long weekend.
-I have kids: Traveling is an experience kids will remember for the rest of their lives. It’s a learning opportunity, and the world is their classroom. If you have kids who are too young for what you have planned, arrange for a friend or relative to stay with them.
-I’m too old: Don’t let your age get in your way of traveling. According to the U.S. Travel Association, the average age of leisure travelers is 47.5. No matter how old you are, there are ways to get out and experience the world, including cruises and bus tours.
Traveling the world is an invaluable experience that you need to make time for. Whether you travel for a week or even an entire month, taking the time to avoid the stress of our day-to-day lives and experience what the rest of the world has to offer is something everyone should experience at least once in their lifetime.
About the Author:
Sandra Mills is a freelance health, career, and travel writer. She enjoys helping people live happier and more fulfilling lives. She plans on doing more traveling this year with her family, friends, and by herself. You can follow her on Twitter @sandramills63.