Traveling. I know this is one of the things at the top of my New Year’s resolutions list to do more! At the beginning of this year, I was gone somewhere at least once every month.
Do you want to travel more but always find excuses not to? Well, stop because 2020 is going to be your year to travel!
I acknowledge the fact that traveling is a privilege that not everyone can afford to do. This post is not meant to make anyone feel bad for not being able to travel because of their circumstances.
This post is instead to help people find a way to start traveling the world with budgeting plans, how to find great hotel deals, how to save money for traveling etc.
1. I can’t afford to travel
This is the number 1 excuse I hear everyone tell me. For a lot of people, it is a 100% completely reasonable excuse. Everyone I talk to thinks traveling is ridiculously expensive and that is also true… sometimes.
How expensive traveling depends on a few things such as location, time of year, plane tickets, food, and accommodation.
The best thing you can do for yourself if you want to start traveling is to SAVE MONEY! Teach yourself how to find the best flight deals (google flights scans the internet for all flights to your destination and lists them by affordability). When booking accommodation check booking.com for some great deals (we save 15% off all our bookings because we always reserve our hotels through that site).
Once you decide on your destination, create a budget and start saving.
2. I don’t know how to start traveling
When I first started traveling, I also have no clue where to start. How do I pick a destination? How do I find the best hotel/flight deals? When is the best time of year to go there?
It’s normal to feel that way. Traveling can be overwhelming sometimes and you just need to take a deep breath and relax.
Start with something easy like a staycation in a town/city next to yours. It’s easy, more affordable and you’re not too far from home. Also, create a list of things you can do as a day trip or 1 night trip from your house and slowly expand your list from there.
Every vacation doesn’t have to be extravagant and ridiculously expensive. Even just going to a new city/state near you can be fun and get you to start traveling.
3. Traveling is dangerous
No country is really safe to travel to. You will always have a risk of getting robbed or having an accident in any country you visit.
When you go traveling to a new country just try to always be aware of your surroundings, don’t keep your phone out if you don’t need to and check out the safety stats to the country you plan on visiting.
I’ve been to about 10 different countries and nothing bad has ever happened to me when I was traveling. Unless you count someone denting our car and not leaving a note haha.
4. I don’t have enough time
Most places in the US only allow people to have 2 weeks of vacation a year and most of the time its unpaid vacation. This is a very reasonable excuse for not traveling. It’s hard to plan a vacation, especially if you want to go somewhere a bit further away, with only 2 weeks of unpaid vacation.
The best advice I can give for this situation is to plan your vacation as far in advance as possible and create a travel budget INCLUDING the money you lose from those 2 weeks off.
That means, add in the cost of rent and bills for those 2 weeks off and just simply add it into your savings plan for the trip. So when the time comes, you’re covered and you can thoroughly enjoy your trip.
5. I’ll wait until next year
The hardest thing to do is just booking your trip. You will always find a reason to push it off until next year, then eventually you won’t go. Once you decide to book your trip, everything else will fall into place.
Travel now, when you’re able to do it because you never know what will happen in the future. When you finally decide that you want to take that trip to Europe you’ve been putting off for 10 years, you might not be able to financially support it or you’re a bit too old to sit on a plane for 10+ hours. Then you’re really stuck feeling horrible and wondering why you didn’t do it when you were younger.
6. I’d rather save my money for the future and not on traveling
Sure, you can constantly save your money and build up huge savings. But by the time you can actually travel, you would have missed out on so many amazing opportunities.
Life isn’t about keeping yourself locked up at work 5 days a week. It’s about making memories for yourself with your friends and family. Collecting possessions isn’t as fulfilling as traveling to a greek island or seeing the Matterhorn in Switzerland.
7. I’m a nervous traveler
This is still something I am working on for myself. I love the idea of solo traveling (especially since Stefan only has a few weeks of vacation a year). But being a young woman, we have always been told that we should never travel by ourselves and that it’s not safe to do so. I still have this mentality but I’m working on it.
But like I said above, something bad can happen to you when you’re home or even just walking down the street in your neighborhood. You shouldn’t let these thoughts hold you back from traveling somewhere.
8. I’m too scared to fly
This is something I resonate on a deeply personal level. I have SEVERE flight anxiety. I can’t stand flying. Short flights tend to be a bit easier for me than longer flights but it doesn’t mean that I still don’t get completely freaked out on the plane.
If you also struggle with flight anxiety, I urge you to talk with a therapist so that way they can help find the root cause of your anxiety. They can always prescribe you medication if you want/need it. I personally like to be alert and aware while I am on the plane. Talking with a therapist is my best option and yours too.
9. I don’t think I will like the local food
Just because you go to a new country, doesn’t mean you have to try the food. Although, people usually do its not a “rule” you have to follow. Most countries have a variety of food types for you to eat besides traditional foods.
Here in Germany, you can still get Italian or Indian food even though Bratwurst is the traditional food to eat when you visit.
If you want to try traditional foods in a new country, I suggest searching restaurants in the area of your hotel, check reviews, and menus to make sure they have something that sounds good to you. If you also have any food restrictions/allergies, checking the menu or calling ahead is good to do.
I usually check on Google Maps and “favorite” any restaurants that sound good to me. That way when I am out walking around and get hungry, I can look at my list and see if there is anything close to me.
10. I won’t be able to speak the local language
With all the technology we have today, this is a ridiculous excuse in my opinion. All the countries I have been to, everyone speaks a little bit of English. If not, then you can download a translator app and you can talk with people through that. We had to do that a couple of times in France and it worked out pretty well for us.
There are so many translator apps that a free and ready to use with a quick download to any smartphone. Something to check when you want to get one is offline availability. Sometimes you won’t have service so that’s when you can get into trouble if you can’t access your translator without wifi.
What are some reasons why you don’t travel? Let me know in the comments down below!