Imagine yourself standing on the edge of a cliff, looking down at the shimmering blue ocean. The sun is beaming, but the ocean breeze feels amazing against your skin. Butterflies are fluttering madly in your stomach. Your adrenaline is pumping and you want to jump, but something is holding you back. Now imagine I push you, and you plunge into the refreshing water. That’s what this post is: a push. A push for all the new travelers out there, who I would love to see take their first big step.
Don’t be scared
Taking the first big leap into venturing the world can be scary. I understand there’s that voice in the back of your head telling you, “This is irresponsible,” and, “you can’t afford this.” If I could travel back in time, I would sit my younger self down and tell myself to clear my mind of all the negative thoughts. Doing what makes you happy doesn’t necessarily have to be irresponsible. Actually, living your whole life with unrealized dreams and regrets of not fulfilling your desires…well, that to me seems irresponsible.
Go with the flow
Don’t over plan. You can try to set an agenda and strategize everything to a T, but you will soon realize that nature and life don’t always mesh well with agendas. It can get pretty difficult to enjoy your amazing trip if you’re spending the majority of your time stressing out. Relax. Slow down, and soak in the culture. You will make many more memories this way.
I write quite a few posts on how to save money and travel for less. Vacationing can actually be very cheap if you let it. However, life happens. It doesn’t hurt to have a safety net. This doesn’t always have to be a bad thing, either. Maybe one day you come across a 5 star food tour of Paris. This itinerary change could cost more money than you planned on spending for the day. It’s okay though, because you have a little extra cash saved.
You’re not alone
When you travel to a new city, state, or country, you aren’t the only tourist wondering around like a lost puppy. You’re more than likely surrounded with a network of travelers who share similar interests. So be social! Ask people what activities and places they suggest, and vice versa. Opening up on your travels can teach you a lot about yourself. It could turn you into a better version of yourself, and also create lasting friendships.
Like the infamous Nike quote states, “Just do it.” Every new traveler makes mistakes, but I bet very few have regrets. Relax, learn, and live.