“We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.”
1. Travel is expensive
This is the one that I hear far too often. Sure, once upon a time, travel was only available for the socially elite and those with a lifetime of expendable income. That simply isn’t the case anymore. In fact, many airlines offer deals under $100 to go to popular domestic destinations. Don’t believe me? See how I got two tickets for NYC for less than $200 with taxes included. The real issue at hand is to determine how much of a priority travel is. If you don’t eat out for a month, you can afford a domestic flight nearly anywhere. If you keep the challenge up for a couple months, you can afford a ticket anywhere in the world. With a shift in mindset, you’ll see that travel isn’t expensive. It’s just more important to Forever 21 and McDonalds. It’s an opportunity of a lifetime and can be done with a bargain budget.
2. I’ll travel when I retire
When I was 14, I wanted to be 16. When I was 16, I wanted to be 21. Now that I am in my mid twenties and looking at 30 quickly approaching, I realize that this is the best time to reach for my dreams. When I retire, my knees may not be able to walk countless miles across a new city though my heart is willing. If I am blessed with strong knees, I’ll only have so much time left in life to experience things. Tomorrow is not promised so let’s make travel goals for the present. Matter of fact, next summer is looking like a great option for you.
3. My life is too busy for travel
That is more of a reason to pack your things and get out of there! Stress kills and if it doesn’t kill you, it sure does mess with your peace of mind. If you are busy, treat yourself to travel. It’s easy to believe the slightly arrogant idea that our worlds will fall apart if we dare take five days to ourselves. That thought has occasionally crossed my mind in regards to my full time job but then I remember that I am not my work. I have an obligation to be Janiece and you do too. Don’t fall into a rut of habit or constant motion and forget to do something that enriches your life experience.
4. I have children so I can’t travel
After a week long vacation with my husband, we sat on a plane, completely exhausted. Within minutes, a mother holding a child, no older than one, placed her belongings next to us and situated herself. My teeth clenched at the thought of sitting next to such a young child. After hours on the plane, I noticed that this child was remarkably quiet, had been breastfed right next to me (Go Mommy!) and had not disturbed us one time. I jokingly said, “Your baby must have done this before.” The woman shared how remaining calm in-flight and flying frequently has made traveling with her child not only easy but something to look forward to. You can be a parent and bring your children with you. If you’re taking time away, you can travel and trust them with family members. Either way, children should never stand in your way of seeing the world. I say this from personal experience. My parents allowed me to travel with them at a young age and even set up youth-friendly trips for me. Now, I am a travel blogger. Go figure! It pays off.