“It’s too far away”
False. No matter what, you’re just a plane ride away from home. Even if you go the absolute furthest away that you possibly can, you’re still about a 24 hour flight away. No one would think twice if you drove for eight hours to reach a vacation destination – so what’s the difference between that and an eight-hour plane ride to another country?
“I can’t afford it”
False. I’d be willing to bet you have disposable income, and you spend much of it on mindless things that you forget about minutes later. That latte at Starbucks doesn’t come cheap. Those impulse buys you threw into your shopping cart aren’t actually needed. And why are you eating out for the fourth night this week, when you have perfectly good food at home? All of that money could be saved for a plane ticket, or spent at amazing outdoor food markets in the travel destination of your choice (rather than on a mediocre burger at a hometown restaurant you’ve visited dozens of times).
“I’m not that brave”
False (and a little bit true). I’ll grant you the fact that if you’re saying this phrase, you aren’t all that brave. But you CAN be. You need to man up. What do you think is going to happen to you abroad? No matter where you’re from, dangers exist. It’s no worse when you travel abroad. Sure, you probably don’t want to travel to a war zone or a country with an unstable government, but the rest of the world is fine. Every day is already a gift, whether you’re living it in your hometown or elsewhere. Be thankful for that gift, and take advantage of it.
“I’m not lucky like you”
False. This one really gets on my nerves. I’m not lucky. I worked hard for everything I have. My adventure began when I moved from Georgia to New York with $200 in my pocket. I worked at a rat-infested hostel for free accommodation in the East Village while I searched for jobs. I skipped meals and ate from the $1 menu at McDonald’s to make my money last. That’s not luck, that’s perseverance. That’s drive, and ambition. I knew what I wanted, and I went for it. There was no silver spoon in my mouth, and no stream of money magically landing in my bank account from “rich parents.” It’s not about luck. Stop making excuses.
“It’s not a wise use of money”
False. You think living life to the fullest, experiencing different cultures, and widening your world view isn’t a wise use of money? I’m not saying that home ownership and college educations should be replaced with travel (I myself value both of those things), but I am saying that travel should be put above things like fancy new cars and expensive clothing. Prioritize. If you want to travel badly enough, you’ll make it happen.