Let’s admit it, sometimes the hardest step of planning a trip is making the decision to actually go. Oftentimes, we dream up vacations, make bucket lists of all the places we’d like to visit and tell ourselves this will be the year we will finally make travel a priority… then it doesn’t happen.
You start to come up with any and every excuse as to why you just can’t go on that trip or why you shouldn’t take that vacation. It’s easier to stay in our comfort zone and convince ourselves we should just stay home. So, we ignore that nagging feeling to hop a flight and simply get back to work.
STOP RIGHT THERE. This isn’t where the story ends, because there are so many reasons why you should travel. You deserve that vacation! You should be using your PTO (that’s what it’s there for!). Beyond its proven health benefits, travel offers us a break from our daily lives. It’s a chance to refresh and recharge. It’s a MUST.
Still not convinced? Read on, my friend. Below, we’ve got a list of 6 reasons that you should stop waiting and travel NOW. It’s time to finally book that flight!
1. Money returns, time does not.
Everyone’s financial situation is different, we get it. We aren’t saying to spend your life’s savings to take a trip. But here’s the hard truth: you can’t get your time back. It’s as simple as that. There’s always a way to make more money. Cut your expenses, pick up a side hustle, work an extra shift, have a garage sale, etc. There are so many ways to make more money. But, you can’t make more time.
Also, travel can be cheaper than you think. It doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. There are tons of tips and tricks out there for saving money while traveling. Even just taking a short 2-day trip on a budget is better than taking no trip at all.
2. You deserve a break.
We live in a society that tells us we always have to go, go, go. On to the next thing. There’s work to be done. We think, “I can’t take a vacation!” or, “I just don’t have the time.” or even, “I don’t deserve a break.” HOLD UP. Yes, actually you do deserve to take a break. We all do. You deserve to genuinely enjoy your life.
Not to mention, that it’s proven when workers do take a break, it sparks creativity and they often come back being more productive. Sometimes a short trip or vacation is what you need to be better in your day-to-day.
3. You could learn something new…
…about yourself and the world!
You can read books and take classes, or watch the news. You can hear stories and meet people from other places. But, until you actually GO and experience a place for yourself, you will never know what it’s truly like. There are so many different types of people and places out there to be discovered!
You’ll also learn so much about yourself. Travel can be the greatest of teachers if you’re willing to let it. We totally believe that the greatest things can come from stepping outside your comfort zone!
4. You’ll meet some amazing people along the way.
Vacation friends, anyone? This is one of the huge bonuses of taking the time to step away from your routine. It opens you up to new experiences and that means new people! You can form connections with someone you may not have otherwise. It could start a fun new tradition or an unexpected friendship. It can be one of the most beautiful parts of traveling.
5. Do it for the stories and experiences!
When it’s your time to leave the world, I can guarantee you won’t be reflecting on that day you went to the office from 9-5 and then went home and mowed your lawn. You’ll be looking back at those once-in-a-lifetime experiences. The days where you did things that were carefree and fun. Life can be unexpected. We don’t know what’s waiting for us in that next chapter, so make memories and create stories with the people you love, and do it NOW.
6. Adventure awaits.
You have no idea what is waiting for you if you take a chance and go on an adventure. Our best memories and moments have come when we stepped out of my comfort zone, took a chance, and booked the flight. If you open yourself up to what’s possible, amazing things will happen! Even if it’s only a short trip, you just don’t know who you could meet or what experience could change your life. Staying in your comfort zone, in that normal daily routine day in and day out, likely won’t bring any new or exciting experiences. You have to step outside, that’s where the adventures are!