I wanted to address some of the common questions I get when it comes to traveling. I hope these can help someone who wants to travel but is unsure of where to start.
There are a lot of misconceptions about the whole thing so let's get right into clearing some of those up!
Here are the TOP 5 questions I receive about traveling--
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Q1: Is traveling expensive?
It doesn't have to be if you do it right. Planning in advance is always recommended. Never wait til the last minute to secure a trip, that's how you end up paying more. If you know you want to go somewhere in the summer, plan it in the winter and vice versa. You can even make monthly payments for your trip using the site Affirm
Q2: What if they don't speak my language?
Many foreign countries have English speaking guides, hotel staff, airport kiosk and much more. They purposely hire English speaking representatives to help travelers navigate their stay. English is universal and the largest language in the world. It might be broken English in some places, but you'll be able to understand it well enough to get around.
Q3: What if they don't like me over there?
Although this is a concern to have, it might also be completely irrational. In most cases, people aren't as evil as we make them out to be. Sure there have been a few instances where something unfortunate happened to someone while traveling in a foreign country, but that isn't the standard. Don't base your fears on one off instances. Get out and explore the world with an open mind.
Q4: How will I find my way around?
Hire a tour guide or use your smart phone. You can find activities, tours, hotels, restaurants and everything else you need by simply looking for it. There are maps, directions and the locals are also happy to help you figure it out. When traveling you have to get out of your awkward, anti-social side if you want people to embrace and assist you. Don't be afraid to talk to people.
Q5: How do you know what place is safe and what place isn't?
Do your research. Always read reviews when booking hotels and don't go blindly. Base your decision off of what others have experienced. If the reviews are more bad than good, then you have your answer. If the opposite is true, then you also have your answer. Let your comfort level be the deciding factor, not your budget. Sometimes you have to pay a little more to have that peace of mind you're seeking. As true with everything in life, you get what you pay for.
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We only get this one life to make a difference, to make a change, to make a an impact. Don't spend yours worrying about things you can't control. Get out and live before your time runs out! You have my full support on whatever it is that makes you happy!
- Ashawna Lane