Whether you are a young, solo, 18 year-old departing on a Gap Year or a ’50- something” single woman, we all face a time in our lives when we want to travel.
Women like to travel for several reasons: memories, adventure, romance, or just to connect with other people and better understand humanity. I travel because I love to learn and have fun experiences.
Traveling with someone you get along with is wonderful, but let’s face it -“ Mr Wonderful” may not have the desire, time or money to travel with you!
I am always surprised at the comments I receive from friends who want to travel, but feel they are unable to: school, boyfriends, jobs, commitments, husbands, children, cats and dogs, no one to go with etc. Each friend indicating “I wish I could BUT…” Why then, do the women I meet at the airport or on the road all say, “I wish I had done this years ago?”
The solution is pretty simple. The most important thing you have to do is take that initial step and say, “I am going to travel, I may have to travel by myself, but I will do this.”
Your trip does not have to mean going on a long, extended overseas holiday; it can be something short and within your area at first, but you have to get used to the idea that unless you make it happen, it will not happen.
Let your journey begin…
STEP ONE – THERE IS NO TIME LIKE THE PRESENT!
If you know you may get some resistance from loved ones, start out by saying, “I want to go on a vacation, I would love to see…” Ask your family about places they have been and get them involved in selecting something with you. Most people who have not travelled only see the outside world via the news on TV, and for that item to be broadcast-worthy, it most often involves bad news. But keep in mind, the chances of something tragic happening while you are on your trip are pretty slim, especially when you consider how may solo people are traveling everyday around the world.
Be strong and don’t waiver. Going to school on the first day was pretty hard too, but we all managed to compete that part of our life. Consider making the decision to travel, to be another part of life’s journey.
There will be times when your heart nearly jumps out of your chest, but most times it will be because you got to see The Grand Canyon, The Eiffel Tower in Paris, or the Coliseum in Rome.
I remember learning about Egypt at a small country school. My dream was to one day go and sit on one of those big rocks that make up the Pyramids.
When I did get to sit on one of those big rocks, I thought back to my time at school and said to myself:
“If I can do this then anyone can!”
So make it happen!