There are many people I know who would rather stay put in a job or situation they know than move to a new situation they have no knowledge of. They’d say, “The devil I know is better than the devil I don’t”. When it comes to travel, I believe this same mentality is what prevents most people from getting out and doing as much travel as they might like. Of course, this comes in the form of a variety of reasons, as follows:
Money is probably THE number one reason most people think they can’t travel. Either they’ve got wild ideas about how much travel costs or they don’t think they can save enough to get out and see the world. By educating yourself about the true cost of travel (hint: it can be much cheaper than you expect) and changing spending habits so that you save money, you too can enjoy the many benefits travel has to offer.
A close second to money as a reason for not pursuing your travel dreams is a lack of time. Perhaps you’ve got plenty of money for travel but feel you can’t get away from your daily routine or that work won’t let you get away for too long a period of time. I’ve known many people who have maxed out their vacation time but feel that they can’t use it because of the obligations of the job.
There are many strategies for creating time for travel. Sabbaticals and career breaks are two highly suggested methods for creating enough time for long term travel. For the more adventurous, one recommended route is to change your working lifestyle all together, becoming one of the new “digital nomads”. These are great ideas if you’re willing to make big changes to pursue your dreams. However, this doesn’t mean travel is out of the picture for people who can’t make these types of changes. Deliberate planning of a three or four-week vacation can be accomplished through diplomatic talks with management as well.
Taking a gap year before you enter college or after you graduate is the most common path to long term, round-the-world travel. The thought process is that once you begin working, you need to keep working to keep climbing the career ladder you’ve set for yourself. Taking a break while climbing that ladder is often viewed as starting over from the beginning.
If you value your career, taking time for a long-term trip can be one of the best things you can do. In addition to returning with renewed energy and creativity, world travel can add a great deal to your business expertise. The world is quickly becoming globalized, with businesses constantly expanding into new, global markets. Travel gives you a unique perspective and understanding of a place that you can’t find online or in a book. Independent travel also looks great on a resume, as you demonstrate the confidence and self-sufficiency many employers are eager to find.
Health and Safety
There are many misconceptions about how safe it is to travel. The world is generally a much safer place than people realize. Yes, there are isolated incidents of violence or theft, but these are few and there are many ways to protect yourself and your valuables.
Health is another major concern for people, especially within certain countries. Again, with a little preparation and knowledge, you can be just as healthy on the road as you are at home in front of the television. You might be surprised to find a trip to the doctor abroad is cheaper and has better service while providing the same level of quality.
Let nothing stop you!
These are the most common ways people talk themselves out of travel. Those people who consider travel a high priority CAN realize their dreams. It might take some time to save up for the trip, or some lifestyle or career changes to accomplish your travel goals, but it certainly isn’t impossible. So, what’s keeping you from getting out there?