Travel Tips: Motivation-to-Go
Traveling is Possible: Just Go For ItThe biggest obstacle people have to overcome to travel is actually deciding to travel. Someone saying 'oh, I'd love to travel one day' doesn't count as a decision because even in that phrase they're putting it off for another day. Rather, it takes a strict decision like Mohit Agarwal's when he said, "The only thought I had in my mind was that I had a five day break in-between two exams and I wanted to go somewhere. NO PLANS ! NO BOOKINGS ! JUST LEAVE……"
Traveling is Possible: Thriving Outside Your Comfort Zone"That feeling of walking into a strange hostel, checking in, and then sitting down on your bed... alone for the first time... I can remember every single second. I heard strange accents in the corridor outside. I saw bags lay open with filthy clothes inside. The smell was a heady mix of sweat and disinfectant. I was most definitely out of my comfort zone... and I didn't like it. The crazy thing though? I was happy to finally get home... but then within days of being home I was desperate to get back out. And when I did (around 6 months later to Spain) I was a new man. I was finally in my element."
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I hear this a lot, mostly from people aged 17 – 25 who are now fully expected to enter the 'real world' of bills, work, and a money definition of success. They dream of falling in love with a foreign accent, of petting the wild kangaroos of Pebbly Beach, of learning to fly and sail to all ends of the earth or maybe just a corner. But as they are repeatedly told they must apply for universities and well-paying positions, their dreams slowly die – only to resurface as regret years on down the line. So I'm here to tell you, through my own personal experience, that it doesn't have to be that way. You're young with your whole life ahead of you and traveling for a gap year does not ruin your future. If anything, it betters it.
I Want to Travel, But No One I Know Seems to Approve
Traveling forces you to grow in all of these ways and more. It forces you to accept that some things are just weird and different and don't need to be changed even though they don't correspond with your values and opinions. Like hanging strings outside to ward off evil spirits as seen in the photo or the Spanish siesta where everything shuts so people can sleep in the middle of the day (as if getting out of bed once isn't hard enough...) or where they believe in a entirely different religion. Who cares if they believe in Allah instead of the Flying Spaghetti Monster as long as neither promotes violence?
I Want to Travel, But I Have a Difficult Medical Problem
I Want to Travel, But I'm Scared of Being Murdered
People butchering other people and pirates kidnapping tourists make for good stories ('good' meaning profitable here and not the moral value of the word). You never hear about the good side of things, about the church in Brisbane that runs as a half-way house, about how some homeless guys fed me and helped me while I was lost, or about all of the people I hitchhiked safely with even in countries where I didn't speak the local language. According to the media, I should have been raped, robbed, beaten, human-trafficked, and killed. But I wasn't - me, a small female on my own.
Travel Tip #4
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