“Except for a select few, traveling will never be convenient, it will always make serious financial demands on you just like food, clothing, education and shelter. It then boils down to wether you really want to travel or not, because it may never be financially convenient”.Favour Onyeoziri, Founder Wakawaka.ng
Why then do I need to go out of my way to travel? Is it really worth it? What do I stand to benefit? Why does it have to be now, can’t it wait? I know you have a lot of questions running through your mind and they are all necessary. I’d answer all these pretty common questions people ask about traveling one after the other.
1. Why do I need to go out of my way to travel?
This is one of the questions people ask about traveling very often. There are 195 countries in the world, some as big as the United States, some as small as the Vatican City. You were born in a small, tiny part of the world, you were raised by your Parents in a small or maybe several small parts of the world. Truth is, you have no choice over where you were born or raised, now that you have a choice, won’t you rather try your best to see the rest of this beautiful and ugly world. Are you not curious to know what is going on at the other side?
Have you ever imagined how it would feel to visit the desserts of Dubai, marvel at the Voodoo history of Ouidah in Benin Republic or even have a dip in the waters of The Gambia. How about lying at the beach in Cape Verde and soaking in the peaceful serenity of it’s people and culture. Do you sometimes want to experience a life easier or even crazier than the one you’ve lived out for most of your life? Do you sometimes crave for more or being just there is fine by you?
2. Is traveling really worth it? What do I stand to benefit?
Are you kidding me? Seriously, are you asking me if traveling is really worth it? How about watching a new movie that you love, is it worth it? Playing a new game that you love, trying out a new food and realizing you love it. How about meeting a new person and their beauty and perspective on life leaves you awestruck. What if I told you the feeling that comes with traveling is like a combination of these and more.
Traveling leaves you exposed to the beauty and ugliness of different peoples and their cultures. It gives you new understandings if the way life works. Traveling helps you find out what really matters, it distracts you from the regular. Trust me, it makes you feel alive, eases you of stress and leaves you with all sorts of expressions from Awwwn to WTF to God When. Traveling is that therapy you need, but always thought you never wanted.
3. Why do I have to travel now, can’t it wait?
This is just one of the many common questions people ask about traveling. I’d be really honest with you right now, traveling can actually wait. These places and destinations are not going anywhere, they most likely will always be there waiting for you to come whenever you finally have time and money. But personally, traveling can’t wait! My Dad is in his 50s and I see him dieting and picking the sort of physical activities he can engage in. Everyday, I wake up and the clock is ticking, I’m getting older faster. I want to visit as many places as possible, climb as many mountains, eat as many diverse foods and engage in every possible fun activity as possible while my body can.
I don’t want to be 80 and wishing I had skydived when I was 20. No, I can’t live with that. I see seeing the world as an urgent task, something I need to do before those Doctor prescriptions starts trickling in, before the responsibility of having kids start slowing me down and ultimately before I die.
How do I raise money for traveling?
Oh, frankly I feel everyone wants to travel but the problem is, with which money? How do I save enough for travel? You do it just the way you save for everything else, but this time around, save a little bit more for travel. One thing I can guarantee you of is that it’s never going to be convenient. Sometimes, it never seems like it’s worth it. I mean, why would you take all of this money to simply hop on a plane or bus to go visit somewhere new? It doesn’t just make sense! Well, I’ve spoken to a lot of fellow travelers and they all seem to agree on one thing, regardless of how you feel before going, you’d never regret traveling when you’re done.
I hope this motivates you to drop both your legitimate and flimsy excuses this year, pack your bags and go see somewhere new.
Note: You can always travel to somewhere you can afford, it could be a new city, state or country.