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Many of the good things in life start with a leap of faith, and travel is no exception. At first glace, travel may seem like a distant dream, or something to be done after you’re “richer.” Well, I’m here to bust that myth. It’s possible for anyone to travel — all you have to do is take the first step and have a little confidence.
Many people, when asked what they would have changed about their college experience, will say “I wish I’d studied abroad.” What do you think the key word here is? Abroad. The allure of travel is there, but the means to get started are sometimes hard to find. Before taking this leap of faith, there are a few things to consider to inspire and motivate you to take the first step:
What you want to accomplish – Do you want to go to a small town in Ireland and meet a bunch of locals? Or go bungee jumping in New Zealand? Have you seen all of the historical landmarks in your own town? Whatever you want to do, keep it in mind when you’re deciding whether travel is worth it, and you’ll see that the possibilities are endless.
What you would be doing instead – Think about what your life would be like if you didn’t travel. Would you be stuck in the same cycle? Would you be bored? Would you be happy? If you determine what you’d be doing instead of traveling, chances are you’ll probably realize that what you’ll be doing on your journey is a thousand times more fulfilling!
Why you want to go – This is a tough question, but it can have a simple answer. For me, it was because I wanted an adventure. It might be because you’re unsatisfied, or because you’re curious. It may even be because you’re bored. The one thing in common between all of these reasons is that you want something more, and that’s all you need to take the first step.
What fascinates you – Whether you’re into historical sites or music venues, there has to be something about your surroundings that really catches your eye. For me, it’s vintage shops. I love looking at antiques and old things, so this is what I seek in a city. I also love art, music, and photography, so any place where I can find these things is a place I want to be. Determine what kinds of things you’re interested in or passionate about, and taking the first step to finding these places will come easily.
Photographs – Have you ever seen a photo and thought to yourself, “wow, I really want to go there”? I’m sure you have at least once in your life. I can’t stress enough about how inspiring and motivating looking at travel photography can be. It gives you a small taste of the beauty of the world and it’s so readily available and accessible on the Internet in today’s society. Be cautioned: looking at travel photos and other peoples’ blogs is my number one distractor!
Be selfish – And no, I don’t mean this in a “I only care about myself” way. What I’m trying to say is that you should determine what’s best for your well-being. Whether you’re feeling trapped in your house or your college dorm, or you just need a change of scenery, traveling can help you with that. Even if you just take a day trip, it’s worth it if it brings you a new perspective and a breath of fresh air.