From my personal experience, travelling is incredibly enriching and is an avenue for growth. Through travelling, I have grown to appreciate God’s creation (see my story for more), appreciate different cultures, learn new languages and meet amazing people that I wouldn’t have had I stayed at home.
One thing I’ve realised is that people talk about traveling a whole lot more than they actually do. There are always hindrances and excuses in the way but here’s how you know you’re ready for your first adventure.
Here are 3 signs that you are ready to start travelling
- You are financially intentional about it
- You are ready to start “small”
- You are not waiting for your friends
You are financially intentional about it
Let’s face it – traveling isn’t free. It can be affordable, but not free (for most people at least). If you want to start travelling often, you’ll have to save for travel. If you are not intentional about it, it won’t happen.
Saving for travel does not have to be daunting. Through changing a few habits and sacrificing a little, budgeting for that all-coveted getaway will be well worth it!
These article provide interesting ways to start putting money aside for travelling
- Planning a vacation? Here are seven ways to save for your upcoming one
- I’ve Saved Thousands of Dollars Using These Travel Hacks
- Saving Money For Travel: 7 Smart Banking Tips
You are ready to start “small”
I see this so often. Many times people set their eyes on a big, grand 4-month trip through south east asia but they haven’t been to the neighbouring country.
For example, someone that lives in london and wants to start traveling can start today by exploring areas in the south of England (Exeter, Bournemouth) or even exploring Scotland (Edinburgh or the highlands). After that you can move on to the neighbouring country, France. Starting small makes traveling less daunting and allows you to get started in areas where you understand the language and culture.
You are not waiting for your friends
Another sign that you are ready to start travelling is that you are willing to go alone. The complications of planning a trip to fit multiple availabilities, budgets, preferences can cause the trip to be scrapped entirely. I know, I’ve been there – many times! Instead of waiting for a group trip that might never happen, try travelling alone. Solo travel is liberating – you get to call the shots on every aspect of your trip. It’s an opportunity to spend time with yourself and connect with new friends on a deeper level. My first solo trip was a 4 day visit to Grand Canaria. I was apprehensive at first but this trip taught me so much about myself. Solo travel is something everyone needs to try at least once.
So, if you are financially prepared, ready to start small and not waiting for others – its time to start travelling and exploring more. If not, what do you think is holding you back?
When it is safe to do so (after the Coronavirus pandemic), I’d love to see you start travelling and exploring more. Let me know your destination of choice in the comments below!