Hello 2016. With the new year upon us, many of us are looking at our calendars, talking with friends, and planning our next adventures. But how many of us actually follow through with the plans? Unfortunately, too few people end up pursuing those adventures abroad and choose to stay home instead. Where the problem lies is within the excuses that we think actually inhibit our chances to see the world. Or so we think. Here’s some of the most common excuses and a quick rebuttal to their validity.
“New year - same me”
The new year is here and your New Year’s Resolutions are likely already in full-swing. Often clichéd, a New Year’s Resolution is set as the starting point of change in your life. Change may come in many colors, but it is a change to better yourself. Having a New Year’s Resolution to travel is not just the chance to relax on a beach for a week. It is, instead, the chance to gain a better understanding of the world and the other people that live on it. If you stay pigeon-holed in your current version of yourself - I have news for you. You are falling behind while the rest of the world zooms right past you. Expand your knowledge and become the best version of yourself in 2016.
“My bills are just too much”
As anybody can agree with, bills are nonstop as an adult. There are enough things that we are forced to pay for out of necessity, but they shouldn’t limit your ability to see the world. I understand that everyone’s case is different, but it is easy to start saving money for the adventure of a lifetime. Whether it takes you 3 months or 3 years to save enough money, as long as you make an effort to improve yourself financially, you are bettering yourself every day. For a more in-depth guide to eliminate the “too many bills” excuse, see my guide on "How to Save Over $2,500 in 6 Months”.
“I don’t know if...”
Second guessing yourself. The “I don’t know if…” is all I need to hear when speaking to someone questioning whether or not they should go on a trip. I have news for those with this excuse - you will never know if you don’t try. You will survive without technology at your immediate side. You will survive without the comforts of your home. You will survive without your nightly Ben and Jerry’s and a good movie. And you will survive without your dog. Give travel a chance, it will change your doubtfulness to optimism very quickly.
“I need to take care of my kids/parents/pets”
This is a fair excuse, but is still not significant enough to leave you at home forever. Most of us have reliable friends and family to turn to in the event that a baby-parent-dogsitter is needed. However, if you don’t have that luxury there are plenty of paid services that you can include in saving for your trip to ensure that your child, parent, or pet is well-cared for while you are away. .
“This isn’t the right time for me”
I get it, life happens. But everyone deals with that. Time has a way of catching up with most of us - I can easily attest to that. In that time challenges arise, but those challenges that are thrown at you are meant to test you; so why not reward yourself for successfully mastering each one with an adventure? And if not now, then when? When will you find yourself exploring a Brazilian rain forest? Or the Australian Outback? Or the Roman Forum? Take steps in the right direction to make it work for you.
“But what if...”
What ifs are the worst. If you go through life living with the “what if” mentality, you might as well lay in your bed 24/7 and hope that the ceiling above you does not collapse onto you. You should prepare for things that are certain to happen and be adaptable with things that are unexpected. You’ll learn the adaptability in your travels because things do go wrong, but you may as well gain something from the experience.
“I have work/school/something else”
Even for me, I found myself saying this excuse on more than a few occasions. Even if you have those obligations at the immediate time, I’m sure you get a vacation period from them over the course of the year. This will give you more time to prepare for the trip and a great way to de-stress while on a break from a demanding every day schedule.
The ability to travel is often thought to be something for the rich or those without any obligations. But it is not. Last year’s excuses should be this year’s motivation to see the world. I encourage you to step outside of your comfort zone and travel at least once this year. Anywhere from a long weekend to a few months would give you the travel bug and instigate the planning for your next adventure.