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Get Past Your Misconceptions About College Travel

Let's break it down. You've caught a little wanderlust and have the inkling to go get out there. It's in the back of your mind and you keep toying with the idea, but maybe there are still some things holding you back from taking that next step. There are always a million reasons not to do something.

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So let's debunk some of those fears and common misconceptions that naturally come with idea of traveling while in college.

  • "TRAVELING IS AN UNNECESSARY LUXURY THAT I'LL JUST HAVE TO LIVE WITHOUT" • No, you will not die if you do not go travel. But it'll eat you up inside, and you may live your life regretting the memories you could've made. Stop thinking about travel as something intangible and out of reach. YOU CAN TRAVEL IN COLLEGE. YOU CAN MAKE IT HAPPEN. Don't disregard your desires. If you want to travel and grow in your own way, don't think of it as a dream or fantasy to justify not going. Make the decision that IT WILL HAPPEN. Once you switch your mindset from unnecessary luxury to actual future plans, the rest is easy.

  • "I DON'T HAVE TIME TO TRAVEL WITH MY SCHEDULE" • Yea, I know. You're expected to be in and out in four years. But the truth is, it's okay to go at your own pace. If you want to travel, you have to make it a priority in your life. You have to take active steps to make your adventure happen. This may mean moving your life around and reprioritizing your time. Take a year off. Cut your course load in half and get a job to save. You do have time to travel if you make it a priority.

  • "I DON'T KNOW WHERE TO START!" • There's probably a lot going on in your head, but there are tons of resources online to help you plan your trip. It's easy to get inspired and organized with social sites like Pinterest that can help you search and organize travel ideas. Don't let the vastness of the planet overwhelm you. Use this as inspiration to fuel all the possibilities.  Start writing things down! Make it tangible. 

  • "I'LL JUST TRAVEL WHEN IM OLDER" • Of course there are tons of opportunities and possibilities of traveling later in life, but traveling while you're young is a completely different experience. You don't know what your future may hold. Maybe you start a family or take on other unforeseen responsibilities right after college and those crazy nights in Thailand become nothing but a distant unfulfilled dream. You're in your physical prime right now! Now is the perfect time to go.

  • TRAVELING IS TOO EXPENSIVE FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS • Lame excuse man. Like I said before and will say again, if you make travel a priority, save, and are smart about your spending, this is an absolute myth. There are many budget destinations like Central America and parts of Asia. All it takes is a little research. READ ABOUT HOW TO FUND YOUR TRAVELS.

  • TRAVELING IS DANGEROUS • Driving a car is dangerous. Life is very unpredictable, and unfortunately, bad things can happen to anyone at any time. This doesn't mean that going to a foreign country is point blank dangerous. Don't do anything in a foreign country that you normally wouldn't do in a city where you live. I myself have never had anything stolen, or really felt unsafe because of other people or locations while traveling. Be careful and mindful of your surroundings, trust your gut, and act responsibly.

  • BUT I'M A WOMAN • Scared of traveling alone as a woman? There are tons of solo female travelers who've made resources on the subject. I myself traveled alone through most of my college travels and it is beyond rewarding.

  • MY COLLEGE EDUCATION IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN WHAT I ACTUALLY WANT • I have to put everything off until I finish college, right? Wrong. Think about why college is expected of you. Are you trying to please someone else? Maybe your parents or friends? Is it truly a priority in your life right now? Sometimes you have to stop living by the status quo and listen to your heart! Stop doing what everyone else is doing if what YOU wanna do is different. Do what makes you happy. This is living.

  • NO ONE ELSE WANTS TO GO WITH ME • Go by yourself! My first trip I ever took was to Nicaragua and no on else could go when I wanted to. So... I just went by myself. It was the most amazing trip, and I almost didn't go. No regrets! Solo travel is truly a unique and incredible experience.

Life is short and the world is wide
 

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