Life is crazy, right? We’ve got so much going on and so much to think about 24/7. There are plenty of reasons that we can come up with to hold us back from traveling. But I believe that we can overcome most of the barriers. So what’s holding you back?
What’s Holding You Back From Traveling?
When I was traveling while I was in college, I was pretty naive about how easy or difficult it can be to travel. For me, traveling was very easy during that time. I was able to go on trips through the university. There was time to travel during breaks. When I went with the university, it was easy because I was pretty much just along for the ride and eager to learn.
I’ve Been There!
Ever since I graduated and got married, I’ve been learning the real difficulties of traveling. My life is quite chaotic and I spent the first couple of years out in the world just trying to survive. When my husband and I got married, we were still in college, so we were always taking classes, doing homework, and working just enough to pay the bills. Our time and finances were limited. Yet, during this time, we went to the Bahamas for our first anniversary, went to the Florida Keys, explored our state more, went to Costa Rica for humanitarian work, and went on a backpacking trip in Europe.
I don’t tell you these things to make you jealous or frustrated…I just want you to know that I am an average person, and it is still possible to travel! So let’s walk through some of the barriers that may be holding you back from traveling and how you can overcome them, just as I have.
Time is a huge barrier to exploring! I get it! When you have a family, a job, hobbies, and other things you’re dedicated to, it’s difficult. I’ve definitely been there and I still struggle with making time for traveling. I’m not going to say that it’s easy to make time because that would be a lie, but I do think that you can make more time.
If you do desire to travel, you WILL make time. That’s the difference. When you’re working a job that doesn’t give paid time off, it’s hard. When you’re serving in your local community regularly, it’s tough to say no for a weekend. When you have a family that you’re trying to spend more time with in the midst of everything else…yes, I get it! There’s a lot. Again, if travel is a priority in your life, you will make it happen and you will not have to negatively sacrifice the other things in your life for it.
Money is one of the most common barriers to traveling. And yes, I’ve been there. Before my husband and I went backpacking in Europe, we were working part time jobs and my husband had just gotten laid off. We knew that we wanted to go to Europe and we were dedicated to going. Because we made traveling a priority, we made sacrifices in our lifestyle. We didn’t go out to eat much and we were on a tight budget so that we could put money towards our travel fund.
When you make traveling a priority in your budget, you can accomplish going places! But sometimes that does mean making sacrifices. We are all in different places in life, but I wouldn’t let money hold you back from exploring and traveling no matter where you’re at.
A lot of people think that not knowing another language is a hindrance to going to another country. Obviously, not knowing the language can bring difficulties, but that’s almost the fun of it. You get completely new experiences when you don’t know the language. A unique outcome of traveling, is growth. There are so many opportunities to grow as you travel. When you don’t know the language, you have to learn how to navigate. You have to learn how to depend on people you don’t know. You get to try new things!
Our world is crazy. There is no denying that. Violence, hatred, and struggle is happening everywhere right now in some way. And that’s the keyword–everywhere. It’s completely understandable to be afraid to go to a new place and to be afraid when you think about some of the craziness that has happened. I don’t want to be a part of that kind of history either.
The fact is that there is craziness happening near you. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but no place is really safe. There are crazy people at home and there are crazy people across the world. You’re not going to escape it by staying home.
Some of us like to be in control (including MYSELF). Traveling takes a lot of control away from us. It’s comfortable to stay where you are and to live your normal life. It’s comfortable to know the area, the language, the ways of transportation, etc. When you’re in another country, most of those pieces will look completely different than your hometown. And guess what? That’s very uncomfortable!
The cool thing is, when you get out of your comfort zone, your comfort zone starts to expand. The things that were uncomfortable before, become comfortable. In addition, you grow a ton. You get outside of your bubble and experience new things and new cultures. Getting outside of your bubble will make you a completely new person for the better!
Traveling takes making priorities and sacrifices. This goes for most things in life, doesn’t it? If you want to make something happen, you have to make it a priority in your life. If you want something to happen, you have to sacrifice other things. This is how success happens. Traveling doesn’t just come to you. Success doesn’t just come to you either. You have to be intentionally working towards it!
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holding YOU back from traveling!
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My name is Lindsey Erin and I am a Georgia Peach who loves to travel and explore! I got a B.A. in Cross-Cultural Studies because I love learning about cultures and religion so much. Because I love travel and people so much, I decided to start writing Spread Your Wings Blog!