13 ways to help you get the courage to travel

It takes serious guts to make the decision to travel, despite the doubt and fears that can creep up on you. I’m not saying that getting the courage to travel is easy by any means BUT what I am saying is that it’s totally possible and 1,000,000% worth it!

Remember you’re allowed to be worried, fearful or unsure… it’s totally normal.

Whether travelling alone or with others, it still takes guts to go and travel. This article will give you 13 great tips for getting the courage to travel.

1. Have a clear goal and come up with a plan.

This includes how and when you’re going to pull the trigger. You can also go further and break down the steps of what you need to do to get there.

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2. Be careful who and what you listen to.

Stop listening to people who doubt you and don’t let other people project their fears onto you. Their fears don’t have to become your fears or your reality.

3. Question your thoughts.

Think about whether your thoughts are rational or emotional. Our brain can play funny games with us sometimes and can trick us into thinking emotions are reality. Take a step back to think rationally and realistically, rather than based on emotions such as fear.  

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4. Stop with the excuses.

Think about what’s stopping you and how you can overcome these ‘obstacles’. Think about what’s tying you down and how can you change this.  

5. Mix with people who love travel.

This is guaranteed to inspire you to get out there and travel. Ask lots questions and seek out people who will encourage you to make it happen.

6. Consider the opportunity cost.

Ok, so I’m stealing this concept from economics but basically, the opportunity cost is what you miss out on (or loose) if you don’t take a particular course of action. In the case of travel, what will you miss out on if you don’t go on that trip you dreamed of?

“Opportunity cost refers to a benefit that a person could have received, but gave up, to take another course of action.” – Ref 

7. Feel the fear and do it anyway.

I love this saying and it applies to so many aspects of life but basically, don’t let fears paralyse you. Others have been there and done it so there’s no reason why you can’t too.

8. Focus on the positive.

Think about why you want to travel rather than why you shouldn’t travel.

9. Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Will I regret it if I don’t go travelling?  
  • Will it make ME happy?
  • What’s the worst thing that could happen? Would that really be the end of the world?

10. Be realistic.

Write down the risks and put them into perspective. Is it really that bad?  Do the benefits outweigh the risks?

11. Stop waiting for the perfect time to travel.

There isn’t really such a thing as the perfect time: study, career, special events, family etc. will always be there. There’s always an excuse for it not being the right time. Just make it happen.

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12. Don’t get caught up with the money.

I’d rather be happy and broke than rich and miserable. Yes of course, travelling can be expensive but it doesn’t HAVE to be.

13. And if worse comes to worse…

Always have enough money for a flight home. This gives me SO much peace of mind to know that I can always come back home if I need to.

 

The incredibly wise Nelson Mandela said: “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it.”

So to conclude, I’d just like to say:

When you look back on your life, you’ll regret the things you didn’t do more than the ones you did.” – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

So don’t live with regret – just make it happen!

aLarkin Abroad

 

Did you find any of the tips above helpful? What are your fears related to travelling? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

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