To travel is one of the easiest, yet most frightening ideas out there. Honestly, it scares the bejesus out of us. But how simple is it to grab a backpack, fill it with two days of clothes and hop in the car or on a plane and light out to a new locale? People come up with all kinds of excuses (myself included) to avoid these potentially life-altering travel experiences. And in our socially charged technological landscape, becoming instafamous and assuming a been there, done that mentality has saturated the basic goal of travel itself.
If you are debating a weekend road trip, backpacking around Asia, or thinking about a long-term shake up overseas, the truth can often be what everyone doesn’t want to hear – travel is often so simple.
Most Common Roadblocks
- Time: Minimal vacation (especially if from the United States), family matters, other priorities.
- Money: rent, car payments, mortgages, shiny toys.
- Anxiety (the unknown): One of my favorite quotes, “Fear of the unknown is the greatest fear of all.” This world is huge and we are mortal beings (for now).
5 Tips to Pack a Bag and Go!
- Get inspired! Read a book, watch a film/tv show, or visit a local outdoor store to pique your interest. Since the early days of Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly, I have always been inspired by Anthony Bourdain and the Emmy award-winning film crew at Zero Point Zero Productions.
- Pick a location/interest. Plan a trip to a concert, snowboarding trip, food destination.
- Save some scrilla. Sell those shiny toys or hustle side jobs to earn extra cash.
- Set a goal. No matter if it’s an actual date or a permanent idea. Ex) Traveling to all continents by age 30 (my goal!).
- Take the plunge and book the trip! The dream starts to become a reality.
Share some of your travel adventures in the comments section! I am not instafamous but follow me on Instagram @ManTravelsWorld.