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Fears that keep you from traveling

Your fears or thoughts are keeping you from your dreams of traveling

Here are some of the fears or thoughts that hold you back from traveling the world.

Fear #1: I can't afford it.

If you think traveling is expensive, you're not alone. But the truth is that it's actually cheaper than you might expect.

That's because when you travel, many of the costs you pay for at-home—rent or mortgage payments, utilities, groceries, and so forth—don't apply. And because the places where good deals are found are often off the beaten path (or at least off the usual tourist track), they're also less expensive than big cities or resorts where prices tend to be higher.

The bottom line? The more time and effort put into finding affordable accommodation and transportation options—as well as free activities—the lower your overall travel costs will be!

Fear #2: I'm too old to travel.

If you're not convinced that traveling is for the young, you may be surprised to learn that many seniors are traveling the globe. According to AARP, in 2017 alone, nearly 30 million Americans aged 50 and over took at least one international trip. And according to a survey from Allianz Global Assistance, 39% of elderly travelers said they had plans for future trips.

Here's how travel can help even your most senior years:

  • It can keep you active. As we get older, it's important to stay physically active—and travel can be an excellent way of staying fit! You'll be walking around all day exploring new cities; getting up early; carrying your own luggage (and sometimes even hauling heavy bags for others); perhaps taking public transportation or taxis, and engaging in other activities that will keep your heart rate up as well as make sure that every muscle gets used at some point during the day. The result? A healthier body and mind!

  • Traveling gives us new perspectives on life by exposing us to different ways of life and opening our eyes up to new experiences—which can include food tasting different than what we're used too but also learning about other cultures' traditions (like celebrating Christmas differently), trying out sports we've never done before (like surfing), meeting people who live very different lives than we do...the list goes on! These new perspectives often lead us back home feeling refreshed and ready for whatever comes next in life with renewed energy because we've been exposed something new or discovered something about ourselves during our travels--and this knowledge can only lead us toward growth rather than stagnation which is always good when it comes down it

Fear #3: I'll get homesick.

Homesickness is a normal part of life. It is perfectly understandable to feel this way when you are away from loved ones, especially if it's the first time you've been away for any length of time. But don't worry; homesickness can be overcome! You may find yourself missing the comfort and familiarity of home or feeling sad because you're missing out on things that only happen at home (like a birthday party or holiday). These feelings will pass as soon as they come up—and there are ways to help them go faster once they do arise:

  • Stay busy with other things besides thinking about being back at home (e.g., eating, sleeping). This is easier said than done, but it really does work!

  • Remember how much fun other people have gone through upon returning from their travels—and then remind yourself that your adventures haven't even begun yet!

Fear #4: What if my family needs me?

Another fear that keeps people from traveling is the thought of what will happen if their family needs them. People worry that if they travel, something bad might happen, and then they would be far away from home and unable to help.

This is an understandable concern, but there are a few things to consider when deciding whether or not it’s worth taking a risk for your dream vacation:

  • You can’t be in two places at once. If you have children, they will always need someone to take care of them while they are growing up—and that doesn't go away just because you're on vacation! The same goes for elderly parents, disabled pets, and other loved ones who rely on your care and attention.

  • While you might miss out on certain events happening in their lives (such as first steps), remember that those events won't make or break their happiness! The best way to be there for them is by spending quality time together when possible—not by forfeiting important experiences just because it means missing one day out of 365 days!

Fear #5: What if I get sick?

This is a common fear among many people, but it's not one you should worry about. Getting sick happens to everyone at some point, whether we're traveling or not. Fortunately, there are doctors and pharmacies everywhere—and don't forget about the power of homeopathy! If you do find yourself ill while abroad, there's no shame in visiting a local clinic or hospital for help. In fact, there may be times when it's actually better to seek out medical treatment in the country than trying to make your way back home (or worse yet: getting stuck somewhere because you're too sick to move).

Fear #6: What if my luggage is lost or stolen?

If you're worried about losing your luggage, there are a few things you can do to avoid it. For starters, make a list of items you absolutely cannot live without for the duration of your trip. Put this list somewhere that's easily accessible if anything goes wrong with your luggage during transit. Your passport and visa will obviously have to be on this list (and, if possible, keep a copy on you at all times). Make sure there's also contact information for both your credit card and travel insurance provider; these will help immensely when reporting any stolen property or making claims for reimbursement.

Fear #7: Will I be safe?

This is one of the most common fears that travelers have, and it’s easy to understand why. You hear about horrible things happening in other parts of the world all the time—war, terrorism, disease—and you probably want to protect yourself from those dangers. But this fear is unfounded for most people who travel outside their home countries. In fact, traveling has a lot more benefits than just safety! Here are some reasons why you should stop worrying about being unsafe and start focusing on the fun:

  • Traveling can be fun and exciting! The best part about traveling is getting out of your routine and experiencing new things. It’s an adventure! And unlike what many people think, there are plenty of safe places in the world where you can go on an adventure without worrying about violence or crime (if anything happens while you’re there).

  • Learning new languages can help keep you safe while traveling abroad. If nothing else, learning even one foreign language will allow you to ask for help if something goes wrong during your trip (especially if it involves an accident or injury). Not only that but meeting locals through language exchange programs allows for deeper understanding between cultures which could lead to friendships and cultural sensitivity towards others who might be different from us back home, such as race/ethnicity/religion, etcetera…

If you have a great life, don't let fear keep you from traveling!

Traveling is an incredible way to learn about yourself and the world around you. You get to see things that most people only dream about, and you’ll learn much about yourself along the way. If you have a great life and want more out of it, don't let fear keep you from traveling!


There are many reasons to travel, and you should take advantage of the opportunity while you can. If you don't go now, when will it ever happen? Once-in-a-lifetime experiences shouldn't be missed out on because of fear - there are reasonable ways to handle almost any situation that arises. So get ready for your next adventure with confidence - it will open up a whole new world.

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