Of course you do. Almost everybody does. A weekend away or a year abroad, an amazing adventure awaits. You just need to take a deep breath and take that first step to make it happen…
You should be. It’s a big world out there, with thousands of people to meet and millions of places to explore, where do you start? You could throw a dart in a map and go wherever it lands, that’s how I ended up in Canada. Talk to friends and family, know anyone that lives abroad? Go and visit them… it’s great to start in a place where you know at least one person, that’s how I ended up in New Zealand. Family holiday? Girls weekend away? Job opportunity? The possibilities are endless, you just need to make it happen, say yes.
Where do you start?
Try Googling somewhere you’ve always wanted to go, check out any of the countless travel blogs for real-life stories. Subscribe to a travel magazine, I use National Geographic Traveller for inspiration all the time. Read all the books, there are a ton of “Places to Go” books with endless lists of things you didn’t even know existed. There are online forums full of people willing to give advice. There are companies you can pay to sort out your entire trip if you don’t feel like doing it yourself. Once you start somewhere, the rest will come naturally.
You’re on your own?
Good. For me personally, travelling by yourself is one of the most life-changing experience you can have. It teaches you to open up, be braver than you’ve ever had to be, start conversations with literally anybody. You become completely self-sufficient, it’s easier to make friends but you learn to appreciate your time alone, lying on a beach or eating dinner by yourself isn’t as scary as you think. You can do what you want when you want. You don’t like this place? Leave. You like this group of people? Stay with them. Embrace it, because you will love it.
Travelling with someone?
Enjoy it! There is nothing more amazing than having someone special to share those moments with, someone you can reminisce with when you’re back home, it’s great fun! But be careful, travelling with someone is difficult, it will push your relationship to its limits, you will disagree a lot and learn to compromise even more. It makes it too easy to stay together, not making an effort to meet new people because you have each other. I found travelling with someone to be a far more lonely experience than travelling on my own. But if you make it through this with your friendship intact, then you will be even closer than before.
What are you waiting for?
Make yourself a bucket list, book yourself a flight and get on with it!
As St Augustine said:
“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page”