It's summer time! I hope everyone's got exciting plans. If not, I hope this post helps get you motivated and encouraged to travel and create great memories this summer.
I've written this post because I’ve come to find that often times, people genuinely want to travel but don’t seem to follow through planning it all out. People may want to travel for different reasons: for the adventure, a short break from a job, to see new locations and experience new cultures.
"It’s too expensive", "I've got no one to travel with", "I’ll need a visa to go and that’s long", "There's no time to travel" are very common reasons people give themselves.
No doubt, these are arguably understandable reasons why travelling often may seem like a myth. But they aren't good enough to suppress your desire of wanting to explore the many beautiful places the world has got to offer.
If you can relate to this so far, below, I've put together, some simple tips I think could help and encourage you to travel more often.
Establish a Budget and Stick To It - The cost of travel is often overestimated. Today, there are over 4000 cities in the world and not all are expensive to visit. In fact, some of the nicest cities turn out to be the cheapest to visit. Hanoi, Istanbul, Paphos, Marrakech, Prague and Bangkok are just a few of many examples. There are several destinations you can visit without breaking the bank. Budget Your Trip is a good tool for information on travel budgets.
Make Time and Make Plans- Even if you work, there's always time to travel. Take advantage of those long public (bank) holiday weekends to explore a new destination. You don't have to go too far either. Where you live is also a destination, so you can explore around it. It's also worth visiting those countries you wouldn't require a visa to visit, if you particularly don't have the patience or time for any visa application process.
Commit To Your Trip - It's easy to put off booking your holiday till later. You may be thinking, "it's too early", "what if I book it now and something else comes up". But the thing is, prices for flights and accommodation go up by the hour. There are several other people in world who are planning to travel on your dates. I think it's best to commit to your trip as early as possible, get the best deals on flights and accommodation. Once you've committed to your trip, trust me, it's almost impossible to cancel your trip when your money is involved. Moreover, the 'Free Cancellation' policies on travel sites like booking.commake things much easier when you're completely uncertain.
Face Your Fears - Become a Solo Traveller - We've all been in that situation where you and your best friends or even family decide to go on holiday together. You really want to travel. But the plan just doesn't seem to gel and you end up not going anywhere. This has happened to me too often and can be a real pain. It may be that the rest of the group are not organised or just aren't great planners or simply can’t be bothered to make plans. Yes, travelling with other people is always a good idea - "the more people, the more fun", we often think. But when you really want to travel and it doesn’t seem to be working out as a group travel, I think it's worth travelling on your own. I know it can be a bit daunting for most people to think of travelling to a new place alone but if you genuinely seek adventure and want to explore the beautiful places the world has got to offer, then it's definitely worth facing your fears. You’re probably thinking, “Who’s going to take pretty pictures of me in front of all the iconic attractions?” Lol. Well, thank God for “selfie sticks”. You can get yourself one. Moreover, you won’t be the only solo traveller where you’re going and you will definitely find people who are willing to take pictures for you. Most tourists are generally good photographers anyway. I met one guy in Barcelona, a tourist, who took a really good picture of my sister and myself in front of the famous Magic Fountain. There are several destinations that are fun and safe (very important) for solo travellers. New York City, Amsterdam, Paris, Berlin, Tokyo, Barcelona are some of the popular solo travel destinations. From this year, I'm taking the challenge and I'm going to start doing more travelling on my own when I don't have anyone to go with. I'm pretty sure it will be a very good experience and great opportunity to discover more about myself. I suggest you too take the challenge.