For most of us, jetting off overseas after high school is our first big step into the adult world; we’re free to start making our own choices but left to fend for ourselves. This thought is equal parts exciting and terrifying, but it doesn’t have to be this huge intimidating thing that stops us from travelling.
Of course, you should do your due diligence and research at least the basics of where you want to go and such- don’t be an idiot. You just have to remember that there’s such thing as overthinking and that it won’t always do you any favours.
Here’s why you should ignore certain voices in your head and just go on that trip.
Being stranded overseas with no money to feed yourself is probably the biggest fear of many aspiring travellers – and for good reason (it’s nice to not starve). What a lot of people don’t realise though is that travelling doesn’t have to cost as much as they think it does.
You can find sales for flights on most weeks and once you’re there, you can cut costs by staying in hostels or couchsurfing.
You can also find cheap eats and places to drink and party by going where the locals go, and it can be bloody exhilarating stretching out your dollars as far as you can.
Some people like to have their whole trip mapped out with every day meticulously planned, and that’s totally fine. For the rest of us, it can be super draining following a tight schedule and you tend to miss out on amazing spontaneous moments when there’s no room in your itinerary.
Instead of stressing out about planning every night’s entertainment before you leave, do yourself a favour and relax a little. You’ll find things to do once you get there, simply by being there and using your eyes or getting recommendations from locals and other travellers.
A lot of the time the things we lose sleep over when we’re planning a trip turn out to be totally inconsequential. There’s always the next bus or plane if you happen to miss one, and the world won’t end if you forget to pack a towel.
That’s not to say a perfect trip will just be handed to you – most of the time you’ll have to work for it. But by navigating stressful moments and figuring out how to take care of yourself, you’re learning to adapt. You might even surprise yourself with how well you can deal with hiccups.
When we’re overthinking a situation, chances are we’re just dwelling on all the ways it can go wrong. Carry on like this and you’ll just end up psyching yourself out and missing out on an awesome opportunity.
You need to also be thinking about all the reasons why travelling is a good thing, like improving your future grades, helping to stave off academic burn out, and just making you a happier, more well-rounded person.