How to Overcome Common Travel Worries

How to See the World Whilst Avoiding the Common Travel Worries

Tip: Start with solo road trips so that you become comfortable with being on your own. Make sure your car has got the right security system and a great-quality dashboard camera. It will help you take pictures and record videos without needing a partner.

A lot of people say they want to go traveling, but not everyone ends up going. A lot of common worries hold people back – they’re worried about what could go wrong, rather than committing themselves. Common travel worries and mistakes can easily be avoided. Everyone can see the world if they want to. Let me inspire you:

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#1 No-one wants to go with you

Solution: Go solo

So what if no-one wants to see the world with you? Don’t let that stop you from living your dreams. Travel is an amazing experience and going alone has its benefits – you’re not relying on anyone else and you can do exactly what you want. What’s more, you’ll end up meeting loads of new people and making friends anyway.

Here are my favorite reasons from Insider for traveling solo:

  • It’ll push you out of your comfort zone
  • You can discover yourself
  • There’s the chance to take a break whenever you need it

#2 You’re worried about money

Solution: Create a budget

You’ll often hear that traveling is expensive. But the reality is you can travel without spending too much. It just takes a little bit more planning and some dedication from you to stay on budget. You’ll spend the most money on travel, accommodation and food – all of which can be budgeted before you head off.

It is also recommended that you have your money in US dollars or on a debit card. The US dollar is universal almost everywhere so you’ll always be able to convert into local currency – although you don’t want to convert too much, as you’ll lose money between currencies.

#3 You’re not sure how to stay fit and healthy

Solution: Eat sensibly and keep up the exercise

You’re not alone with your worries. 60% of travelers say they gain at least two kilograms on holiday – and with long-term travel, it could be much more.

To stay healthy, there are two things to consider: what you’re eating and how much you’re exercising. Of course, you’ll want to try loads of local dishes – so as a general rule, never have two bad meals in row. This way, you can treat yourself without going overboard.

To keep a balance, make sure you’re doing exercise. Naturally, when traveling, you’ll be walking quite a lot. But what about trying yoga or swimming more? Perhaps you’re feeling a bit more adventurous – diving, white-water rafting, horse-riding, there are loads of active things to get involved with while traveling.

#4 You’re not sure where to start

Solution: Create a list of your must-sees

With the whole world at your feet, where do you go first? Planning the trip can be more daunting than stepping foot on the plane. You’re worried you might miss something or choose the wrong country to visit.

Remember it’s your trip – it’s what you want to see and do. For inspiration in Asia if you want to avoid the touristy hot spots, consider these alternatives:

  • Bhutan
  • Nepal
  • South Korea
  • Taiwan

Want to travel/backpack in Africa? Let me create a custom trip for you.

Have you been traveling long-term? What were your worries? How did you overcome them? Share your experiences and recommendations to help others see the world too.


Guest Blogger: Lindsey Clarke

Images: Kyler Boone,  and Annie Spratt on Unsplash