Travel and Procrastination: What Lies Beneath
Can you relate to any of the following? :
- My friends' travel photos on Instagram always make me jealous! I wish I had tons of likes... but at the end of the day, I don't go anywhere new and exciting to capture #authentic shots of my own.
- I keep putting off asking my boss for time-off from work. I'll just take a vacation sometime in the "future". Who knows when?
- Every time I am just about to book my flights, something stops me from hitting the "confirm" or "book now" button.
- I want to go to [insert destination here] but I don't have anyone to go with.
If the weeks or months keep passing and you still don't have an upcoming trip to look forward to, then keep reading...
There is only so much "pinteresting" or online window shopping you can do until you realize enough is enough, am I right?
Aside from being completely broke, procrastination is the other top killer of travel dreams. True story. If travelers on almost impossible budgets can rack up stamps in their passport, then so can you. When there's a will, there's a way!
There is NO excuse why you can't have a fulfilling "travel life". People strive to have rich work lives, love lives, social lives, etc. but somehow taking a vacation is like pulling teeth. Having an upcoming trip to look forward to is beneficial for your overall well-being and happiness. It doesn't matter if its a weekend getaway, a two week vacation, or a year-long trip around the world. Because that date of departure is going to motivate you to keep going forward in all aspects of your life.
If procrastination had a scapegoat, it would be laziness. Remind yourself booking travel on your own OR with the help of a travel agent (us!) is simpler than ever. It can be done from the comforts of your home, in your pajamas, on the couch while using your smartphone, tablet or laptop. And believe it or not, some people still make reservations on the phone.
In order to triumph over procrastination, you need to dig deep and ask yourself, "Am I going to be an armchair traveler my whole life? Or do I want to conquer the world?!" Above everything, you really have to want it. Ultimately people do want they want. It's as simple as that.
Dig deeper! It is important to realize that procrastination is driven by fear and perfectionism. Do you have certain worries about being in a foreign country, safety, language barriers, traveling solo? The list goes on and on. Or maybe you are waiting for the "perfect" conditions to book your trip such as the holding out to see if prices drop or feeling the need to research the ins and outs of every hotel or place you want to visit before making a commitment. If never-ending research is plaguing you, working with us is a good idea. We facilitate the decision-making when it comes to planning a trip by only recommending personalized options that you'll love. We do the trip planning. You create your own travel destiny.
Another reason why you might not be booking is guilt. Are you feeling bad about splurging on a vacation so you can relax and enjoy yourself? You say, "I can't spend money on a vacation when I need to pay for XYZ". Just know that there will always be bills that need to be paid and unforeseen expenses that you can't control. You deserve to getaway to recharge your batteries no matter what anyone says.
For those who are waiting to see a certain destination with a certain someone, realize you could be waiting for a long time! Don't count seeing Paris with your future partner in who knows how many years, when you can go as a solo traveller as soon as possible. Perhaps you can never get a consensus among your friends/family on travel dates or a destination. Coordinating amongst several parties is complicated, especially if you've been burned by someone who has flaked on vacation plans last minute. Long story short, someones you just have to rely on yourself to make your dream trip happen. Otherwise you'll be waiting forever while everyone else makes up their mind.
Whenever you come across this stumbling block, make a concrete game plan and break it down it easy-to-do actions. Take one arrangement at a time. The first thing you need to do is tell yourself "it's now or never!". Contact GlobalNomad. Book something, anything (we recommend flights first). If you have travel dates, even if they might change, and you can say "I'm going!". Then the countdown begins...
GlobalNomad wants to transform the lives of travelers with each trip they embark on and to keep them coming back for the next trip year after year. It's not just about your next adventure in a few weeks or months that should keep you motivated. Rather focus on the bigger picture will do wonders. Looking back, you will be able to look back at all the meaningful, raw travel experiences in your lifetime. You will see how much they interconnect, how much they have shaped to make you the person you are today, and where you want to go next.