Taking the time to travel around the world should be something that everyone has the opportunity to get their fill of. However, there are many who might be reading this who are thinking “well, I would love, but…” and you can fill in the blank with a plethora of reasons. Some of those reasons are very much justified, we’re not going to pretend that they’re all just excuses. However, that doesn’t mean that they are as set in stone as you might think. Here, we’re going to look at some. If you want a quick guide, take a look at this Ultimate Covid Holiday Travel Guide.
You don’t have the time
When people talk about not having enough time to travel, then usually what they mean is that they’re not able to take off the holidays that they need in order to justify a trip overseas. However, there may be ways to give yourself the time you need, including getting as much as double your annual leave if your workplace is willing to be a little more flexible. By taking the time to take on more work, you can convince your manager to give you the extra days you need to travel. You can also look at taking some work with you, asking about remote working while travelling.
You don’t have the budget
We’re going to look at the challenge of making holidays affordable, and there are plenty of ways to do that. However, before you can even look at affordability, you might look at your current financial situation and say “nope, don’t have the budget for it or time to travel.” However, if that’s your entire answer, you will never have the budget for it, either. Look at ways to start saving aside a holiday fund, making sure that you do have at least some cash for future travel opportunities, and be willing to capitalise on good deals when they come your way. No holiday starts until you put aside a little money to make it possible.
You don’t want to pay that much
Even if you do have a holiday fund set up, there’s no denying that airline and hotel prices can make travel look pretty exorbitant. However, did you know that travelling around the world can be cheap? It will always take a little money, but there are plenty of ways to cut the costs of travel. You can, for instance, take the time to fly a budget airline instead of going with a more exclusive option. You can make sure you have plenty of free attractions lined up instead of just going to all the expensive tourist traps. You can consider dining in the hotel less often and instead go to smaller local establishments or even skip the hotel entirely to look at options like hostels, smaller B&Bs, and self-catering accommodation. There are plenty of ways to cut your costs and make even long-distance holidays much more budget-friendly.
You have kids
While you might want to take your kids on memorable family holidays, to most people they are going to seem like more of a barrier than an opportunity. However, that doesn’t mean that it’s impossible. If you’re worried about the logistical nightmare of travelling with kids by plane, then you can instead look a little more closer to home. If you take a staycation at a kid-friendly location, it can not only make the trip a lot more convenient, but it can make it much more affordable, as well.
You don’t know how to start
If you have never been travelling before, then it’s only natural that you might freeze up when it comes time to start planning your getaway. How do you start and where do you begin looking? It’s important to always do a little research on your different options to make sure that your budget isn’t getting more and more inflated the further that you go. However, there are plenty of first-time holiday checklists out there that can take you through a step-by-step guide of what you’re supposed to do, what to look out for, and how to make sure you’re as prepared as possible. Don’t worry, a few trips and you will start to get a lot more used to it and, as you do, become a lot more confident about getting out there and exploring the world.
Your schedule is full this year
None of us has complete control over our own schedules. There are big birthdays, anniversaries, work commitments, weddings, and much more that will take up our time and our budget. If there’s a huge wedding in a month’s time, you’re not likely to go travelling this month, for instance. However, you can piggyback off of those commitments instead. For instance, if you’re going to a different city for a wedding, you can take a couple of extra days off and turn it into a city break or a spa break, instead.
You’re afraid of the unknown
It’s only natural that you might be a little wary about what distant and exotic locations might hold for you. There are definitely risks out there in the world, from crime to disease. When it comes to petty crimes like pick-pocketing and fraud, tourists are considered a vulnerable target, as well. Women travelling alone might be especially aware of these risks. However, there are sites that can help you take a closer look at any destination you might have in mind. There are even sites that focus particularly on finding the safest destinations to travel to. They can warn you of any risks, including telling you about any vaccines you might need to stay healthy while you’re travelling the world.
You’re worried about your safety
Even if you know what risks may or may not be ahead to some degree, it’s only natural that you might still feel a little apprehensive, especially if you’re young, a woman travelling alone, or deal with anxiety. However, you can take the time to get as prepared as possible to travel safely. This includes tips on how to make sure that you’re always in safe areas, surrounded by others, how to protect your possessions and data, and how to make sure that your family and friends are always kept up to date. There is no replacement for doing your research and getting prepared. However, if you still feel somewhat unsafe, then you might want to look into the possibility of traveling somewhere closer to home at first, building your confidence before you push out into the world.
You don’t want to be an annoying tourist
If you have travelled before or you have spent time living in a tourist destination, then you might have gotten a very different impression of tourists than you might as a traveller. While they are often a very important part of the local economy, there’s no denying that tourists can be a hindrance to local people, annoying them by getting in the middle of their daily life or even by making their local attractions more littered and noisy. If you’re mindful of your impact of a traveller, then you’ve made one step towards being a more ethical traveller, too. You can look at tips to make sure that you’re reducing your impact on the lives of locals as a traveller, and look at ethical travel opportunities, skipping destinations where tourism might be doing more harm than good.
You don’t want to do harm to the environment
All kinds of human endeavour have some impact on the environment. However, that’s not to say that you can’t have a more sustainable vacation. For instance, you can make sure that you travel only by public transport, cutting your fossil fuel use on the road. To make the biggest impact possible, however, you might want to look at conservationist holidays. For instance, you can enjoy a vacation that, in part, means cleaning up the local environment or tending to the needs of local wildlife. That way, you can always make sure that you’re leaving behind a little good.
You don’t feel like it is time to travel
If you feel like travel is too much of a hassle or you’ve simply gotten bored of sun, sea, and sand, then maybe you need a different kind of break. It’s important to have the opportunity to shrug off the stresses of work and daily life and, to many, nothing works better than a spa break or time on a beach. However, you can also look at different kinds of travel experiences that can offer something new and invigorating. You can spend your time having a staycation in a local cit or you can get closer to the wilderness on a glamping trip. If you’re feeling burnt out on travel, then adding a little variety can help you rediscover your love of it again.
Hopefully, the points above show that, no matter how valid your reasons, there are always options that can help you see a little more of the world. Sometimes, you just need to be willing to think outside the box about the type of trip you have and be open to different opportunities.
So do you think it is time to travel?