People have all kinds of ideas about what travel is and what kinds of resources it takes to travel. So many beliefs about travel limit people to staying at home when the truth is that traveling can be easier and more accessible than you think.
Don’t let preconceived ideas, misconceptions, or fears stop you from traveling and having amazing adventures. There is always a way to make travel happen. It may turn out to be different than what you imagined, but it can still be amazing.
1. It’s Too Expensive
Travel can be tailored to just about any budget from shoestring to high end. There are so many inexpensive options for flights, accommodation, food, entertainment and sightseeing options available out there.
If your travel dates are flexible, you can fly when the flights are the cheapest. Websites like SkyScanner and Kayak can help you find the cheapest travel dates and flights. You can join frequent flyer programs and earn free miles by flying, shopping, and using airline sponsored credit cards.
Staying in a hostel can save you a lot of money on accommodation and food. Most hostels have full kitchens so you don’t have to eat out all the time.
There are always things to do and places to see that are free. Many museums around the world have free days, there are lots of self-guided walking tours you can find online for free, and there are always lots of activities and sites that never have a fee.
2. It’s not safe
You do need to think about safety when you travel but that doesn’t mean it’s not safe. Be alert, research any particular precautions you might need to take wherever you’re going, and don’t be afraid. Just taking the general rules for safety (don’t carry or display expensive electronics or jewelry, be aware of your surroundings, walk with confidence, etc.) can be enough.
There are lots of travel bloggers out there who write about their experiences traveling to every corner of the globe. Read up on their adventures and ask them questions about concerns you might have.
3. I can’t travel alone
If you think you need to travel with someone, you will miss out on some amazing experience! Yes, it’s nice to have a travel companion but traveling on your own can be even more exciting and valuable.
Traveling on your own might sound a bit daunting or lonely but the truth is there are solo travelers everywhere you go. There are travel blogs dedicated to solo travel for great tips and shared experiences.
Traveling by yourself also doesn’t mean that you have to be on your own for the entire trip. One of the great things about staying in hostels is that they are a great place to meet fellow travelers and find a community. You’re almost guaranteed to come across other solo travelers and people traveling in pairs or groups to connect with.
4. I have to speak the language
Knowing the native language before visiting is not necessary at all. It’s important to know a some key words and phrases (hello, thank you, do you speak English (or whatever your native language is, etc.), but beyond that, there are phrase books and travel guides that make communicating a lot easier. It’s also amazing how much communication can come from gesturing, acting, and drawing pictures.
We may all speak different languages and have different cultures but we are all human. Connecting without speaking the same language isn’t as difficult as it might seem.
5. I don’t have the time
Traveling doesn’t need to be a long trip or to far away places. Travel could be a weekend getaway or even as short as a day trip somewhere. Figure out how many days you have and plan where to travel to from there.
If you make traveling more about the experience you have than the distance you go, options you didn’t realize you had open up!