When Matt and I decided to give in to our mid-twenties existential crises, we knew that travel would be the perfect remedy for the 9 to 5 life we had accidentally built ourselves. We both have jobs, a quaint apartment with a a nice stainless steal toaster and yet, we are giving it all up for a year of travel. When we share our travel plans, we hear them all :
” Oh, how I wish I could do the same! You’re so lucky! I could never do that! ”
But guess what? Contrary to popular belief, we do not have trust funds nor do we have access to our own Boeing 787. We have simply stopped making excuses and made our year of travel a priority. Here are 5 excuses not to travel and how you can overcome them.
I don’t know where to go
Perfect! This means the entire world is at your disposal. To get a little bit of inspiration think of your hobbies, favourite food or even favourite movies! If you’re a fan of dance, why not go and take a flamenco course in Spain? Or maybe you’d like to do the yoga sun salutation pose at sunrise in India? Do some research by browsing the hundreds of travel blogs online full of stories from every corner of the world. The exploration phase of trip planning is one of the most exciting parts, embrace it!
I have no money
This may very well be the worst excuse in the book. When Matt and I decided to travel for a year, we knew we’d have to make it a priority and change our lifestyle. By doing so, we have managed to save $20 000 in 10 months. We clipped coupons, cut our cable TV and walked to work and what a difference it made in our savings account! What about debt? While paying it all off first is best, there’s no reason why you can’t add your bill payments to your travel budget.
I can’t quit my job
If you’re looking into long term travel, your career could be of concern. Why not consider gaining work experience, abroad? There are numerous companies willing to set up international internships or volunteer placements that are sure to be rewarding. Personally, I’ve found my past travel experience to be an asset in the workplace. It shows a sense of initiative, risk taking and adaptability. The education and training provided by life on the road is invaluable.
I have no one to travel with
Every year, millions of people pack their bags to go on a trip. One of those travelers is bound to become your friend! Some of my best friends are people I met on the road. If you need a little help meeting people abroad, why not try a program like Couchsurfing a free, worldwide hospitality exchange program. Or take part in the Dine with the French program, where you get to share a meal with a Parisian family, in their home. With so many opportunities to meet people you may actually have some trouble finding some time to yourself.
I have a house
When it comes to long term travel, this may be one of the biggest obstacles. While selling your home would be the ultimate radical move, it’s not for everyone. However, why not use home swap programs such as House Exchange? This is one of several websites that lets you swap homes with other travelers. The website is secure and has great feedback from homeowners around the world! Now, doesn’t a 3 month stay in an Italian villa sound fabulous?
So what are you waiting for? Get your passport, a couple of t-shirts and a toothbrush and set off on your own adventure!