5 Myths about Traveling Debunked

There is a lot of misconceptions about travel and there are often many myths being spread about why traveling is not for everyone.  I am going to debunk the top 5 myths I hear frequently about why someone should not or cannot travel.

1.You can’t afford it

This is completely untrue for the vast majority of people. Travel just needs to become a priority.  Spend less on the day to day luxuries like eating out and that daily Starbucks.  By living below your means on a day to day basis means you can spend all that extra money on your next dream trip.  Figure out what you normally would have spent on all those extra’s like coffee; restaurants and bars then put it into a dedicated travel savings account, and don’t touch it! You will be surprised how quickly you can save up enough money for a trip.  

2. It costs a lot of money

Travelling can be very expensive but if you are smart about it, it can be done for less than $50 a day.  By choosing, the right time and places to visit life on the road could end up being less than your daily life at home.  Here are a few rules to follow when trying to save money on travelling; choose places that have a lower cost of living than your home country; avoid huge metropolitan’s; travel in the off season and be flexible.

3. It’s not safe

This is something you will often hear if you are a solo female traveler but the truth is by being aware and cautious most of the world is no less safe than where you currently live.  There are certainly places in the world that are not safe but most places you would want to visit are perfectly fine if you just take some simple precautions;  don’t go out by yourself at night, stay in well-lit areas, don’t leave your belongings alone, and don’t flash your expensive stuff around.  

4. You don’t get enough vacation time

Again make travel a priority, instead of those long weekends every summer, let your vacations days collect so you can go on an extended trip.  Another thing to consider is working an extra weeks’ vacation into your next job offer.  I have a non-negotiable 3-week minimum that will likely be going up to 4 weeks in my next job change.  This way I know I can go on at least 3 x 10-day trips each year if planned correctly over long weekends.

5.You can’t work overseas

In the age of technology working from anywhere in the world is becoming increasingly easy.  Most “office jobs” can now be done virtually staying connected with phone, video chat, and e-mail.  If your current employer won’t allow you to do your job virtually there are loads of jobs out there that will or you can get one along the way.  Working in a hostel, on a yacht, and teaching English are some popular options. Check out the working visa requirements in the country you plan to visit if you are under 30 this becomes a little easier. 

 

 

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