Now I am not one to beat around the bush so let’s get straight to the point. Have you ever thought about travelling? If so, why have you not put yourself out there?
We as humans, by nature tend to look for excuses in order not to do something. Even if it is the one thing you have always dreamt of, you will find a reason not to do it and if you don’t, well someone else will find the excuse for you.
I really want to travel, but my partner doesn’t:
This is tricky one, but it can be done. This is something you want to do, fast forward five years, is it still some thing you want to do? Discuss it with your husband/wife/partner and see what their reaction is to the concept of going away.
Some people are not that adventurous and would prefer to float around their house and surroundings which they are content with, however, you are in a relationship and that means compromise.
Travel does not have to mean going abroad for a year, in fact it can encompass from two weeks right up to over a few years. Decide on a time frame with some flexibility that you are both willing to go away for, then put together an itinerary for you both.
If they agree to go then perfect, if not then perhaps you should consider Travelling solo and go on the trip of a lifetime alone.
The only person you have to answer to will be yourself and you will have the freedom to do and go wherever you want to. If you would rather go with someone, ask your friend who loves an adventure or a member of your family who you know would jump at the opportunity.
Parents will always be worried over their darling child, and you know something?
They will probably always be worried no matter how old you get! Whether you are going on a long car journey or getting on a plane and travelling hundreds of thousands miles away, they will still be thinking about you.
What you can do to set their mind at rest is be well prepared, let them know your rough itinerary. Of course this is only a base guide due to the nature of travelling, plans change!
Ensure you research into where you are going and be aware of your surroundings. Depending where you are going, there should be internet access at some point, let them know you will be in touch whenever you can.
A short email letting them know where you are, where you are heading to next and that you are safe and well, with a little bit of travel thrown in for good measure will suffice
I am going to be honest with you, travelling is expensive. It can be done on a budget, but that is a whole other post.
Travelling can be as flexible as you are, either you choose a week or more.
The first thing you need to do is start saving! Open up a savings account and put a certain amount of money into that account every month, create a standing order if that will help.
Find ways to cut down your spending, are there any vices you can cut out? Perhaps have nights in instead of out.
Now comes the fun part, look into when and where you would like to visit and realistically how much time you want to spend away. Once that is sorted look into flights (always try to book at least 6 months in advance, fares are cheaper) are there any friends or family you can stay with where you are going to? If not try air bnb, hostels, secret hotels) and check the exchange rate.
Now those bases are covered, you have an idea of how much it is gong to cost you to get there with accommodation. There is no rush as that destination you want to go to will there waiting for you to explore it! Set up that account..
What about terrorists?
Really? This shouldn’t have to be a point. I am not suggesting you spend your summer travelling through Baghdad, but are you going to let a group of crazy, brainwashed savages dictate your life for you?
Going abroad, or anywhere for that matter is a risk (even to the shop or local bar) Think about the millions of car crashes that happen every day, yet look at how many people still drive their car.
They do this because this is their life and they are not letting the simple risk that something may happen control their life, neither should you. Everything is a chance, so take yours
“There are seven days in the week, someday is not one of them”