When You Feel This Signs, It’s Time for You to Travel

1. The thought of getting up and going to work makes you feel sick… literally!

We’ve all been there. The “calling in sick” phone calls to your manager that you despise, just so that you can take the day off to binge watch your favourite television series on Netflix. But the truth is, when your purposely dodging your work shift, or counting down the minutes until you finish work, there’s a serious problem that you need to finally confront. Switching up your routine or even going somewhere for a long-weekend can revitalize you and uplift your spirits.

2. You spend way too much time living in the past and forget about the present.

Your life is governed by the “What If’s, Should have’s and Could have’s”. Doubt and fear seem to creep its way into your mind and you spend the rest of your days worrying about past choices and experiences. It’s time to wake up! You can’t change what you did or how that relationship ended. Focus on the present, and kick doubt and fear in the ass!

3. Your patterns are predictable… You’re stuck in Groundhog Day!

7am, your alarm rings, out of the house by 8. Stop by your local drive-through coffee shop for your morning caffeine fix. Commence your 9-5 cubicle cookie-cutting job and throughout the day engage in “dexter” small-talk and banter. You drive home, sit on your favourite couch and crush the next season of Game of Thrones. You do it all over again the next day, and the next and so on. If someone wanted to stalk you, frankly speaking it would be too easy. Break free from the rut and explore what this world has to offer. You’d be surprised what you’ll find.

4. Nothing exists beyond your city!

Why travel when you can get the best Szechuan in China Town or have the most delicious Cannoli’s in Little Italy? True, some of the best ethnic foods can be found right under your nose, however to think that “there is no world beyond New York City” or any mega city is absurd. Travelling to a country and experiencing an entirely new environment and culture can really kickstart your senses. So here’s to it… indulge!

5. Small town girl, You’ve been living in your small town world.

I get it… going from knowing your neighbours and the cashier at your local grocery store to getting lost in Thailand’s full moon festival and knowing absolutely no one can be pretty daunting. The truth is, you have to feel comfortable with being uncomfortable to experience life in a different way. Getting used to feeling like a “visible minority” or experiencing language barriers can make you understand and empathize with the other side of the dialectic. It’ll open up your eyes to a world beyond your small town.

6. The English Epidemic

It’s always interesting to see tourists getting frustrated when they travel to a foreign land and expect natives of that particular place to speak English. Cultural insensitivity is probably one of the worst qualities to display on your vacation. If your mind craves a challenge, choose a country that speaks a language that is unknown to you and learn some of their salutations and conversational expressions. You’ll make quite the impression and even gain a lifelong friendship with a local.

7. Stop reading about it, Go live it!

You pick up the National Geographic and read all about the amazing Safari adventures in Kenya, the vibrant eccentric colours of Marrakech and the exhilarating smell of lamb kebab that creeps through the narrow alleyways of Tehran. You take a moment, envision yourself in these pictures and then snap back to reality, allowing doubt and fear to snatch your dreams away. Stop reading about these wonderful places and feed your desires. Book that ticket and spend your nights dreaming about the adventures you’re about to embark on.

8. FoMo

The fear of missing out-hereafter referred to as FoMo, is no joke. FoMo is the desire to stay connected and partake in events that others are doing. It has also been referred to as having a fear of regret. This fear has a way of creeping its way into social gathering discussion topics of “who has the latest gadget” or “who has travelled to Monaco?” If you’re feeling particularly left out in the conversation, maybe it’s time to pack your suitcase and head over to a destination that will take over next weeks dinner gatherings discussion.

9. Single and ready to Mingle?

Sex and the City’s Samantha Jones said it best: “I’ve been in a relationship with myself for 49 years and that’s the one I need to work on.” There is no better way to learn more about yourself than to travel alone. Taking yourself on a lovely date, catching a matinĂ©e alone or doing some solo travel might feel a bit awkward at first, but getting to know the awesome person that you are should be cherished and celebrated. So here’s to celebrating you!

10. Big Decisions, Big Commitments

Whether you are entering University, starting your new career or settling down with the love of your life, it’s always a good idea to travel prior to these commitments. It will allow you to feel balanced, re-energized and ready to take on what’s to come.

What Should You Do When You Have a Vacations To Foreign Lands?

I have some experience with foreign travel. But, I am not an expert. My experience is borne from trial and error. My wife and I first began to travel outside of the United States a few years after we married. We were in our twenties, young and stupid, plus our travel funds were meager. Frequent flyer miles and other discounts were a significant driver of when and where we might vacation.

In time I learned that going on the cheap means that you have an experience that is less than what you might have had. Also, getting in the car of a foreign cab driver and trusting him to take you and your wife to fun or significant foreign locations safely is a gamble that might work well, not so well, or you might never be heard from again.

My wife got hooked on cruise ship vacations to foreign lands. She still prefers to do that. There are some things that I like about that, but I would like it mostly if I was a glutton who wants to stuff all food that he sees into his face for 5 plus meals a day. You cannot escape the crowd on a cruise ship. You had better be a “people person” because you will be a captive of “people people” aboard the ship. What about seeing foreign lands via cruise ship? You will have about 8 hours per foreign land. Actually you will have less because you will obsess about not getting back to your ship before it sails away. The best sit down meals (steak, lobster) will be served on the ship while you are in port, tempting you to not stray far from the ship while it is in a foreign land.

Now that I am older, I think that foreign travel is best done with people you know, be that extended family, friends, or co-workers. It is especially good if at least one of you is familiar with the geography, language, and culture of the land you all will visit. Go with others and you will have greater safety, a bolder itinerary, and I think you will have more fun. If you cannot do that, consider working with a travel agency that has a long, documented, and high customer satisfaction rating for the country that you will go to. Remember, you will only be in that country for a set amount of time. Do you want to spend it stumbling around asking strangers (while speaking English) where you might sight-see, dine, or to ask where is the toilet?