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10 reasons why you need to travel_deborahbazeleywanderlust

Having trouble getting beyond your fears and stepping out onto the road? Then this post is for you.

I cannot count the number of times people – particularly women – ask me about my backpacking adventures and declare, “I wish I could do that, but I’m too scared/anxious/single/frugal.”

And I completely relate to this. When I said that I wanted to travel South America by myself, a significant number of people thought that I was either utterly insane or downright stupid. People genuinely thought that the only way I could travel somewhere like Brazil was to go either with a boyfriend or a group of friends. I am also someone who is very cautious with money, and who suffers with anxiety. I don’t come from money and my parents didn’t pay for my trip – I had barely been on holiday abroad, let alone visited exotic locations and embarked on long-haul flights. All of this meant that travelling seemed like an impossibility.

But you know what? I went. I saw. I conquered.

And I was fine.

In fact, backpacking changed my life in so many spectacular ways that I was more than fine – I was fantastic.

So, want some quick inspirational points as to why you need to stop putting your travel dreams and go for it? Read on:

1. I hear, “I wish I had gone travelling” so many times. But I have never heard anyone say, “I wish I had never gone travelling – it was a complete waste of time.” Have you? Nope, didn’t think so.

2. Self-esteem. Once upon a time, an ex of mine declared that I would never travel by myself because I wasn’t capable of looking after myself in a foreign country; that I would be overcome by my anxiety within five minutes. And I kinda believed him. However, after eight countries + years of hitchhiking, trekking and travelling solo, I know in my bones just how damn capable and independent I am.

There is nothing in this world that I cannot do or accomplish if I set my mind to it.”

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How much should you plan for your travels?

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Answer in short? As little as possible…no matter what anxieties you possess or how little time you have in your destination.

Despite travelling for more than a year now, I can still get myself in a twist when it comes to travel planning: What if I miss an amazing place?; What do I pack?; Is there anything I need to book in advance?

The night before my departure I will wonder why I did not think to create a list, consult endless books and maybe even create a spreadsheet.

However, the minute I get back on the road with my backpack, I quickly realise just how unfounded most of those fears were and I soon feel grateful for my lack of planning.

 

What do I plan before I travel?

I skim-read a travel guide and talk to friends to feel out which places I may want to see. I have a quick Google of good places to visit and check if I need to book anything in advance. I read some travel blogs. I make sure I have enough money. I book my first bus/plane/train out. I pack the night before.

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