Around 91% of Americans say that they want to travel more.
So, why don’t they?
We all have a different excuse. Is it that you can’t find the time? Are you scared to go abroad?
But there are many other things stopping us going traveling.
So you’re wondering, how to start traveling more? Let’s check it out!
1. Don’t Buy Things You Don’t Need
More than 50% of Americans say that they can’t afford to go traveling this year.
Do you ever buy things you don’t need?
We’re only a click of a button from spending our monthly salary on things we don’t actually need or want.
This makes it especially challenging to save for your travel budget. You need to determine what is important to you.
Are you willing to give up buying new clothes and spending money on coffee every morning?
It’s amazing how much you can save if you cut on unnecessary spending. Think of your money in terms of days traveling.
When you see a new dress you want to buy, remember that you could use the same money to spend a few days on a beach in Bali.
2. Decide What You Want Yourself
You need to go to college. Then, you need to get a job. After this, it’s time to get married and have kids.
Before you know it you’re retired and too old to travel the world. Why wait?
It’s easy to follow what everyone else is doing. But instead – why don’t you follow your own path in life?
Now is the best time to make your dreams come true and go traveling. Otherwise, you’ll already have your commitments and it’s too late.
3. The Time for Dreaming is Over
Many of us live in a dream world.
Do you spend hours at night watching travel vlogs and reading your Thai phrase book?
You always tell your friends and family that one-day you’ll go traveling the world. But you never actually do!
Well, you can quit dreaming and make it a reality.
Now, it’s time to start planning where you want to go. A backpacking trip around Latin America or an inter-rail trip through Europe?
4. Explore Close to Home First
If you can’t get on a flight to South East Asia right now, then why don’t you start exploring closer to home?
In New York City? Click here to learn more about traveling to the Adirondacks.
If you’re from Texas, why not hop over the border into Mexico this weekend?
Remember, adventure and travel is a state of mind. You can travel around your home town if you want to.
It doesn’t matter where you live. Spend time meeting new people, visiting museums and exploring nature reserves locally.
After you’ve done this, you’ll get the bug to explore beyond the borders of your country.
5. Overcome Your Analysis Paralysis
Do you have a serious case of analysis paralysis when it comes to choosing your next travel destination?
We have the opportunity to travel nearly everywhere in the world. So, where do you want to go? It’s quite overwhelming, isn’t it?
That’s why the “everywhere” feature on Skyscanner and on Google Flights is so useful. It breaks down the cost of each flight so you can determine what you can afford.
Also, check out the weather conditions. If you want sunshine, then don’t travel to Berlin in the winter, but wait until the summer.
6. Fight Your Fear of Travel
Have you seen a news story about India which has freaked you out? Are you scared of flying?
You can always find excuses not to go traveling. It’s sometimes scary to go traveling because you’re taking risks and going into the unknown.
But the world’s much safer than your news app suggests. Nearly everywhere you go you’ll encounter friendly and welcoming people.
But if you’re worried, get a traveling buddy and start easy. Don’t go backpacking in Asia until you’ve ticked off London.
7. Meet People Before You Travel
If you’re worried about traveling to a place you’ve never been before, then you should make friends before you go.
Nowadays, you can connect with people around the world with social media. Sign up to Facebook pages for backpackers in Thailand and Ex-Pats in Paris.
You can also make friends via Couchsurfing. You may even find yourself a floor to sleep on while you’re in Istanbul.
Do you have any friends from college who moved abroad? Go visit your friends while they’re away, it’s a great opportunity.
8. Learn the Language Before You Go
Over 75 percent of Americans don’t have a second language. They just speak English.
There are numerous health benefits of learning another language from improved memory to greater concentration.
But, perhaps best of all, you can really get under the surface of a culture when you speak the language.
Sure, you can travel around Australia, the United Kingdom, Ireland and much of Africa with English alone.
However, why don’t you enrich your traveling experience by learning French and traveling around France?
Want to be more daring? You could learn Mandarin and explore the Middle Kingdom of China.
How to Start Traveling?
Many of say “I want to travel more” but do we actually do it?
We can always find excuses for not living our dreams. Maybe we say we can’t afford it. Perhaps, we admit we’re too scared to fly.
However, you need to put these things aside if you really want to go traveling around the world.
Do you know whether you’re going to stay in hotels or B&Bs for your next travel trip? Check out our blog post on how to decide which is best for you.