It will never be the perfect time to travel.
Haven’t you figured that out yet? To begin with, you have your job that you’ve worked entirely too hard to lose. Second, you have to school, quickly followed by your endless stream of bills and other various responsibilities. Needless to say, you just can’t manage to get away no matter what.
You know what I have to say about all of this? It’s a load of crock. Now is the PERFECT time to travel. Do you know why? Because it is. You’re not getting any younger, your responsibilities are only growing as you do.
Go travel before it’s too late
Book that flight and just GO!
Just like Matt Kepnes states in his famous book How to Travel the World on $50 a Day, “The most difficult part about traveling the world isn’t the logistics of the trip — it’s finding the motivation to go”. And it’s true.
The hardest part for me when I began my around the world journey was actually the part about going, not the planning process. My biggest holdback was fear. Fear of stepping into the unknown, fear of not making it or getting stranded somewhere far far away. Even fears as crazy as getting murdered, kidnapped, raped, etc…all these things the media feed you.
But in the reality of things, I’ve come to realize this sort of thing rarely happens to travelers. The cases that do occur happen few and far in between; only to be blown up by the media with their improper use of resources and information. Most of the time, they hardly even know what they’re talking about; but I digress.
Like I said before, now is the perfect time to travel. If you wait till tomorrow or the next day or the next day, that “perfect time in life” will never come until you finally decide to just book that flight and go.
Your first trip doesn’t have to be a 10-month backpacking trip through Asia like mine, go somewhere simple. Go somewhere luxurious. Take a cruise around some islands. It can be one city away, or one continent away. The bottom line is to just go.
Spotted a small lizard sunbathing as we trekked through Costa Rica.
Book that luxurious 10 night stay at a hotel in Muscat. Take that trek through the jungle in Costa Rica referenced by some local you met on the street. You’ll be amazed at the hospitality and pure kindness all over the world that come to you while traveling in a foreign land. Like I’ve told many travelers before me, you don’t have to be fluent in the local language to get around.
“A smile can speak a thousand words.”
Rub your belly for food. Point for a drink. Place your hands together motioning that you need to sleep. Cover your bladder and jump up & down to show you need the toilet. I’ve done them all plus so much more and have realized that these are the bare necessities that one needs to survive; anything else is just pure luxury.
So get out there and explore the world. Have a good time. Live your life. Above all, inspire others to do the same and spread happiness.
What is your main excuse to not travel?