Money. Your job. The future.
The lies we tell ourselves to accept our mundane reality and settle with everything we’re accustomed to. Even the most seasoned travelers have given themselves excuses to travel. They do work though, the excuses, don’t they? We trick ourselves into thinking and making believe that there’s simply no way to chase after the world, as much as you want to. So you stay there stuck, as what you’d like to believe.
And you probably will remain stuck, as you’ve predicted.
Unless you choose not to. Unless you DECIDE that those are just lies and excuses that you tell yourself. Unless…
Unless you accept the fact that there are ways to make it happen, and that you can make your very own adventures.
…If you only stop believing the lies.
1.) It’s expensive.
Traveling doesn’t have to cost a lot. There are many beautiful places in the world that doesn’t require you to spend your lifetime savings. Many backpackers choose the route carefully particularly going for what’s cheaper. You don’t even need to backpack. I’m sure there are plenty of beautiful places wherever you may be. Go on a road trip. Go camping.
You don’t need a fortune. It just comes down to prioritizing your spendings. Some prefer a lease on a luxury car, while others would rather have stamps on their passports. Some people trade their weekend shopping habits for overtime hours and travel funds instead. Do you really need Starbucks when you can make your own coffee? Start from prioritizing what’s important to you, find things to eliminate in your budget, spend your money wisely, and then start making things happen.
2.) It’s unsafe to go alone.
Originally, the excuse was “there’s no one to go with”, but then it always ends up with the misconception of the danger in traveling solo. Here’s a fact; whatever danger you can imagine happening to you in a foreign country, there’s just as much probability that it could happen in your hometown. If you choose your destination wisely, you may even find more comfort there than your own home. Plus, people are generally kind and will do their best to help anyone in need. Travel smart and don’t do anything to provoke danger. Read up on where you’re going in advance. Keep your guards up and learn to trust your intuition.
3.) You should be saving your money for the future instead.
Investments are always a good idea, but as I’ve said in the beginning, you need to figure out your priorities. If you really wanted to travel, then you need to commit to the fact that travel is rebellion in its purest form. It’s letting go of the norms of society and embracing the world with nothing but wildness in your heart and spirit. If you don’t do it now, then when? When you get a promotion and you can’t leave your job? When you meet the right one and you start a family? When your kids are going to college but you’ve spent all of your money on them? Or when you’re retired but your health has caught up to you? I’ve said it once before and I’ll gladly say it again– you can always make money for a beautiful future, but you will never experience the true beauty of life while you’re confined in your cubicle. Collect memories, not money.
4.) There’s no time.
Then make time. There will never be a more perfect time than NOW. You don’t necessarily need to quit your job and book your one way ticket pronto. All you need to do is make a commitment and start visualizing that you WILL travel. Once you do, the rest is easy. It’s almost like the universe will automatically align the stars for you and point you in the right direction.
5.) You don’t need to.
If you’re honestly happy and complacent and do not find travel important at all, then that’s good for you, and I mean that in a non-patronizing way. However, if you do have strong aspirations to see the world, yet you tell yourself that you don’t need to, then know that I am rolling my eyes at you condescendingly. Of all lies and excuses, this is the worst. The world is such a big wondrous place, and to deny yourself your very own desire to experience that is such a sorry thing to do. You need to, and you know it.