There are few things that somebody can’t take from you. My second favorite is the places I’ve visited. Once you’ve taken the trip, no one can repossess it due to defaulted taxes, civil lawsuit, and you can’t loose it in divorce. Unlike most everything else you might buy in life, travel memories you get to keep until you die or get alzheimer’s disease; whichever comes first. Either way, I think it’s a great investment. I talk to many of my friends and they always have a reason why they can’t travel to other countries.
I’ve heard the following:
I don’t have enough money.
Chances are, you never will, but if you make it a priority to put a little away every month, you will soon. The hard part is not buying things you really don’t need. Flights deals can be found for cheap with a little effort, and hostels are always a cheap stay option. If you’re going to be in one city for an extended time period, you can also find cheaper apartments for a weekly rental.
Nothing is that different there that I can’t do here.
You’re correct. They have almost the same activities there, that you might have here. One caveat, you might really enjoy doing those things more there. Culture and customs are different, you also get to do these things in venues that might be very unique to you. This creates a very memorable moment.
I’ve no travel companion.
This might be discouraging for sure, but don’t fret; there are several solutions. Take a group tour where you get to meet other people. If you stay at a hostel, you meet people all the time. Travel outside large cities and you will be sure to meet some really interesting people that are almost always friendly and willing to meet someone from another country too.
I am afraid of get around, I might get lost.
This shouldn’t even be uttered. You’re traveling to another country. Getting lost is what your suppose to do. You find some of the most interesting places and meet some of the most wonderful people when you’ve got to ask for directions. Grow a set and go. You’re mother didn’t go with you on the first day of school, did she?
I don’t speak the language.
If you speak English, which I am banking on that you do since you’re reading this or a version of English (American), then you’ll do fine. From what is know, at least %10 of the world population speaks English as a first or second language. I am not sure if this is correct, but some estimates say it is as high as 20%. You’re probably thinking “That’s not that much”, and you might be correct. If you look at China being most of the worlds population, then this is a good percent. What you should understand, you may have communication difficulties in countries where you do speak the language. From experience, I’ve been to places in Dublin and London where I am still not exactly sure what someone what talking about. This is part of the fun believe it or not. If your traveling to country where you don’t speak the mother tongue, then I would highly recommend taking the effort to learn some simple words, phrases and important greetings. Taking the effort with others in their country goes a long way. Remember, you’re a guest in their country and most people are eager to help you, if your courteous.
I would rather see my own country first.
Chances are, you’re not doing much of that either.
I don’t know how to plan something like that.
No one does if you’ve never done it. It’s a learning thing. Just use common sense when planning and don’t assume something there is done the same as something here.
It’s kind of hard with family.
You’re correct. This out of any of the excuses is the most valid, especially if you have small children. I can only urge you to leave the kids with GamMa and Papa for a week or two and do it. Once you do it without the children, you will learn what you can mange with them or what you can’t. Future trips can be customized towards the family and it won’t sour your first experience.
and the lamest ….
I don’t have my passport.
Again, grow a set. I don’t care if your manle or female, the world has changed. It is almost required to have a passport anymore.
In my opinion most of these are deflections and hold up little in the acid test. I too was a person that made these excuses at a time. I will gladly admit, I was ignorant like a stick. I am still ignorant like a stick, but not about travel. Anyone can pick apart reasons for not doing something or they imagine when they get older and retire they will have the time. Like I said before, the world is changing fast. You might not have the chance to retire, or if you do, chances are, you’ll be too old to climb the 500 steps to the top of the Kölner Dom in Germany. Life is short, and really isn’t about the stuff you own that really owns you. I do think there is a true value to having nice things, but if I have my druthers, I will take travel first over Wii, expensive phone plans and football any day.
Now here are some things I’ve seen. Trust me the photos are nice, but do these places no justice.
To My Deutscher friends, I apologize for not putting more photos from Deutschland in here. The photos were either of us looking like drunks in Leipzig or making funny faces in Cologne. I am trying to keep the embarrassing pictures of both of us off the “Internets”. I do this for both our protection. 😉
I will be posting more to come. I just have some other things have I have to do at the moment. Stay tune please and thank you for reading.
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