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Facing my Fears: Afraid to Travel

Have you ever been travelling and when it has come time to move on you can’t or don’t want to? I am facing my fears on that at the moment.

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We are strong believers that slow travel is the best way to see the world. We don’t like rushing through every city and country gathering stamps in our passport.

That’s why we choose to work abroad while on our adventures. It allows us to travel for longer. It is why we lived in Jasper National Park for a year before choosing our European base in Edinburgh.

Edinburgh Castle Braveheart Scotland

Our original idea was to stay a few months in different places to experience a part of the globe before skipping off to the next destination.

That was two years ago.

Before I knew it our temporary destination has become our home away from home.  The driver on my bus to work knows my name. I recognize people in my local supermarket.

And now that we are facing the possibility of leaving I find myself scared. I am too attached to leave, but don’t really want to stay.

I am afraid to travel.

How did this happen to us? When did we forget our travel purpose of being temporary residents in a city?

In hindsight I made a few mistakes.

I found a really good group of friends. I am in a job I really enjoy and could easily see myself here in five years time. I have even scoped out a local coffee shop with a gorgeous chocolate cake on the menu.

Cake Edinburgh, Love Crumbs
Cake Edinburgh, Love Crumbs
Cake Edinburgh, Love Crumbs
Cake Edinburgh, Love Crumbs

In essence I have made myself a life here. And now I feel like I am going to be leaving home for the second time.

But as I sit here writing this post, I can see our motivation in the background. A giant map of the world. And I am reminded that Edinburgh is a very small part of that world. There are so many places I still want to see.

World Map

And moving isn’t all that bad.

Moving to a new place is exciting. Exploring new neighborhoods, eating at new restaurants and finding secret views for the first time.

It can be so easy to lose sight of your travel goals. That is why travelling as a couple is so great. We can remind each other of our purpose.

Cole is great at cheering me up when I start to get sad about leaving. But all it takes is a small reference to a city on my bucket list dream list and I am dreaming of the future in a new destination…

Three Valleys Sunset

This might become our next temporary home.

So as I finish this article I am happier than when I started writing. I cannot call myself a traveller if I am not facing my fears and I am reminded that the world really is our oyster. We have so many great adventures ahead of us to experience.

While it will be hard, it will be worth it.

All we have to do is take the leap.

This is a post from a series called Facing my Fears. It helps us to step outside our comfort zone, in comfort. Check out the rest of the series here.

Tell us about how you Face your Fears when moving to a new destination in the comments.

Adela is one half of the New Zealand Adventure Couple who have been travelling since 2009. She loves the outdoors and has a real passion for Snowboarding, Mountain Biking and Surfing (apart from being scared of sharks). She loves food and writes all our food posts. Consider following us via RSS Feed, Twitter, Facebook and subscribe to our Newsletter.

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  1. Annette | Bucket List Journey

    October 15, 2012 at 3:59 PM

    It would be hard to leave a place once you feel happily comfortable, especially hard to leave that cake! But, you are right, there is a whole big world out there to see 🙂

    • Cole Burmester

      October 15, 2012 at 4:49 PM

      Thanks Annette! We are taking the steps to make sure we get out there and see it all 😉 But you are right, that cake is delicious haha.

  2. Karen @ Trans-Americas Journey

    October 15, 2012 at 5:29 PM

    As fellow slow travelers we completely understand that comfortable feeling of having a temporary home on the road–and the reluctance to leave it! We’ve begun house sitting (which we love–post on that going up this week) and we’re currently back in Nicaragua at a friend’s house enjoying the comforts of home (doing laundry! cooking food!), at least for now. It will be hard to move on again, but exciting as well–especially with batteries fully charged by a period of non-travel. Can’t wait to hear where you guys are off to next!

    • Cole Burmester

      October 15, 2012 at 8:48 PM

      We keep looking at house sitting for our next option. Applied for a couple of them but then when it has come around to finalising the details we haven’t been able to make it. Next time for sure.

  3. Victoria

    October 15, 2012 at 5:53 PM

    I can relate to this. It’s hard when you find somewhere you love, but I guess you can always go back if you want to. I think it’s also important to not feel too much pressure to see it all. Staying for longer than you thought in somewhere you love isn’t always a bad thing. It’s a tricky balance sometimes. On another note, your next temporary home looks colder than Edinburgh! Do you brave the jandals in such cold climates?!

    • Cole Burmester

      October 15, 2012 at 8:49 PM

      Haha we can’t go back because of the visa situation actually!

      We love the snow 😉 But might have to leave the jandals in storage while we are there.

  4. Laurence

    October 15, 2012 at 8:51 PM

    It sounds like you have a great life up in Edinburgh – but you’re right – the world is such an amazing place and there is so much out there to see! Change is always going to be a scary thing, however many times we do it – but I think you’e on the right path 😀

    • Cole Burmester

      October 16, 2012 at 9:39 AM

      Maybe we need to find someone that has a small campsite or something to relax on for a few weeks…

  5. Vera

    October 15, 2012 at 9:20 PM

    Adela -I left Rotorua although they had THE BEST chocolate brownies EVER on the weekly night market, and so can you;)!! …I’ve had a few places that I didn’t feel like leaving, because I didn’t have the feeling I was ‘over with it’ yet (and then I just got stuck there until I got more excited about leaving than I was happy with staying). I think that it is actually pretty awesome that you have had such good experiences with making friends, loving work, being greeted by the bus driver – and finding THAT chocolate cake! Locating good chocolate cake is never a mistake, it’s a talent, and you shall take it with you, to your next destination, so don’t be afraid;)!

    • Cole Burmester

      October 16, 2012 at 9:12 PM

      Thanks Vera, you are right I do look back on my time here with really fond memories which is great. And you are so right about not leaving a place and getting stuck there! And I have high hopes for finding a new coffee joint 🙂

  6. Lesley Peterson

    October 15, 2012 at 10:50 PM

    Does traveling mean never going back or retracing one’s steps? Is a place the same place once moved forward in time? I really enjoy revisiting places, again and again, for new art shows and architecture, to see what has changed and what hasn’t, just to enjoy what pleased me before: the food, the weather, a favorite painting. I get around pangs of travel regret by consciously saying ‘next time’. And surprisingly there nearly always is a ‘next time’ even if I don’t plan for it. Happens more often than not, even if it takes years. Love Scotland, it’s definitely on my short list for a revisit.

  7. Andy

    October 16, 2012 at 12:03 AM

    The old notion of the hardest step is the first one was never more true. It is extremely difficult to move sometimes especially if we have been stationary for a while. The longer you get to moving, the easier it becomes. Thanks for the cool post! Keep traveling and living the dream!

    • Cole Burmester

      October 16, 2012 at 9:14 PM

      Thanks Andy, I am hoping after I make the choice to move the actual move will be easy! As you said I have to keep living the dream!

  8. Jenna

    October 16, 2012 at 1:52 PM

    It’s tough to leave a good thing, no doubt! Though sometimes it helps to remind yourself that things rarely stay the same. The friends you have could leave, the job could change its home base, and the coffee shop could turn into a nail salon 🙂 I don’t mean to say you should expect the worst, but rather appreciate the moment without attachment, as Buddhists say. You have the rest of your life to move back if you choose!

    • Cole Burmester

      October 16, 2012 at 9:16 PM

      I so know what you mean Jenna, in fact a few of my friends are moving on not long after we are planning to leave – so that is a comfort! Thanks for the comment!

  9. Raymond @ Man On The Lam

    October 16, 2012 at 4:54 PM

    Just remember that great big wide world that’s out there waiting for you and I think you’re gonna do just fine. 🙂

    • Cole Burmester

      October 16, 2012 at 9:21 PM

      Thanks Raymond – I try to keep reminding myself of that! Or at least Cole is there to remind me 🙂

  10. Trudy

    October 16, 2012 at 8:01 PM

    Good luck with your next move – where are you off to next? We are leaving Holland in December after over a year and I’ve got mixed feelings. I’m totally ready to go but it takes this amount of time to really know a place and we have such good friends here. It’s hard also if you have a job you love cause that’s always something that’s hard to find. I’m glad you love Edinburgh though, I think it might be on my future home list!

    • Cole Burmester

      October 16, 2012 at 9:26 PM

      You should definitely put Edinburgh on your “to live in” list Trudy, its a great city 🙂 We have a few options in mind for our next destination; France, Berlin or maybe even Spain. Holland will be great though – good luck with the move I am sure you will do great 🙂

  11. Juliann

    October 17, 2012 at 2:44 PM

    I love moving to new places. Until I met my husband, I moved every year or so. But he likes being near family, and I’ve come to value that more and more, too. Now we just take move vacations to quench my wanderlust. But if he ever says, “Let’s move,” I’ll have our bags packed and ready to go within minutes.

    • Cole Burmester

      October 17, 2012 at 7:19 PM

      We do miss our families a lot! But luckily with Skype and cheaper travel we do get to see them lots to keep our homesickness away 🙂

  12. Pete

    October 19, 2012 at 4:33 PM

    I think we all have the same feelings at times, but for they immediately disappear once I step foot on that plane, train or whatever and know that I’m going somewhere else. It’s the challenge that I strive for. Staying put for too long and having a routine is what scares me. Best of luck and hopefully our paths will meet up sooner or later 🙂

    • Cole Burmester

      October 28, 2012 at 11:46 AM

      The act of travelling is definitely a great motivator to keep on moving. We have just become too relaxed with our slow travel way of life. Need a good kick up the a$$ to get going again!

  13. Cathy Sweeney

    October 19, 2012 at 8:01 PM

    I always get a little sad whenever I leave a place — whether I’ve been there a short time or a long time. But I get excited as soon as I think about the adventure ahead! However, that chocolate cake does look like it might be just enough reason to stay in Edinburgh. Happy travels!

    • Cole Burmester

      October 28, 2012 at 11:46 AM

      I think on our last day in Edinburgh we will be visiting the cake shop 😉 We have too many other places to visit to get tied down for too long, that’s for sure!

  14. Laurel

    October 19, 2012 at 8:22 PM

    I like having a base too and exploring from there. Looking forward to seeing where you next adventure takes you.

    • Cole Burmester

      October 28, 2012 at 11:47 AM

      It is a bit scary that we still haven’t organised where our next adventure will be. Hopefully in the next 2 weeks we will have it confirmed!

  15. Mikeachim

    October 20, 2012 at 1:31 PM

    I love travel…except when I’m about to do it. There’s something in me that digs its heels in and has a Little Madam (Little Mister?) hissy-fit. Confuses me no end, because once I’m off, I almost always love it, partly because I have no choice by that point, but partly because of the excitement you mention…

    I’ve concluded it’s not travel that I’m afraid of, it’s uncertainty, and the more predictability I have in my life, the more difficult I find it to handle leaps into the dark. When I’m ready to move, my mind is coming up with all sorts of excuses as to why I need more time. I haven’t got x done. I haven’t taken advantage of the local delights of y. I haven’t properly said goodbye to z. But what I’m really fighting, I think, is my mind having grown accustomed to predictable routine. It’s not the place – it’s the certainty of being here tomorrow, and the day after, etc.

    Wherever we stop, we are surrounded by routines. People making grooves in the world by doing similar things day in, day out. This is how societies survive and the world would fall over if people didn’t set down habitual roots like this (travelers being freakish in this respect. If everyone decided to hit the road, governments would collapse overnight. Discuss). And it’s not about “good” or “bad”, it’s how almost all of the world works. And partly because of that, and partly because of thousands of years of cultural conditioning, we settle into routines so very easy, and we grow comfortable with predictability.

    (Disclaimer: I may be talking out my ass, you’ve met me, you know what I’m like – but also, I’m reading a very good book called “Uncertainty”, by Jonathan Fields. Much food for thought on this topic).

    Here’s a really interesting read on travel and stability – where the author is making a case for constant movement being as difficult to get out of as constantly staying in one place: http://www.ribbonfarm.com/2011/07/31/on-being-an-illegible-person/

    • Cole Burmester

      October 28, 2012 at 11:51 AM

      Brilliant points Mike. You should probably start writing or something as I think you have a great way with words…

      Totally nailed it though and it is amazing the comfort we all get out of having a set routine. Whether it is being able to visit your local coffee shop every morning or knowing that the Formula 1 is on at 2pm on a Sunday, it just works. I guess that is why we love travelling so much. We love to step outside our comfort zones, but I think humans can only handle so much unpredictability for so long. It is why everyone suffers from some sort of “travel burn out” after a while.

  16. James Shannon

    October 20, 2012 at 10:49 PM

    Sweet ski photo near the end of the post … where’s it located?

    No worries guys, I’m sure you’ll find aspects of your new destination that will hook you just as you found those things about Edinburgh that appealed to you…

    Facebook is a wonderful thing … you and your new friends will make plans to link up again, somewhere in the world, before you even realize it! 🙂

    • Cole Burmester

      October 28, 2012 at 11:56 AM

      The photo is from the 3 Valleys ski resort in France. Epic area and about 20 times larger than Marmot! No joke.

      Cheers for the reassurances too 😉

  17. D.J. - The World of Deej

    October 21, 2012 at 4:05 PM

    This is definitely one of my biggest concerns with venturing out long term. I’m afraid that every place I’d land would start to become home. But you’re right…they’re just small pieces of a big world that needs exploring…

    • Cole Burmester

      October 28, 2012 at 11:57 AM

      Nowhere will be exactly like home, but when you get into a routine it is really hard to break it! I guess that is why so many people don’t find the time to travel ever in their lives!

  18. Stephen Schreck

    October 22, 2012 at 4:02 AM

    I have moments like that, usually about a month before I am due to leave until my first day traveling. Once I land in a place I have never been all those feeling are replaced by the amazing feeling you can only get while traveling. That being said I challenge anyone not to spend a long time in Edinburgh and not want to leave.

    • Cole Burmester

      October 28, 2012 at 12:00 PM

      Definitely agree Stephen! Once we step onto the plane on our way to a new destination all our fears evaporate and the sense of adventure returns. Pity we all like routines so much.

  19. Peter Lee

    October 22, 2012 at 1:30 PM

    I think it is really difficult to move from your comfort zone to a another place. But it all depends on you, if you like changes than it would be the best thing you can do yourself. Moving to a new place is great way to meet new people, experience their culture and explore new places.

  20. flip

    October 23, 2012 at 4:56 AM

    moving to a new destination is exciting for me as I’m motivated in seeing new things and trying new stuff… but after being on the road for quite some time now (18 months).. i’m thinking of staying put in just one place for a few months to rest and just to chill and do nothing 🙂 thanks for sharing your insight on this topic…

    • Cole Burmester

      October 31, 2012 at 9:21 AM

      We all need a little bit of routine in our lives every now and then. It is amazing how quickly the itch to travel comes on though after just a few days or weeks in one spot!

  21. Pola (@jettingaround)

    October 23, 2012 at 10:19 AM

    I can understand getting comfortable in a place and attached to friends, favorite hangouts, the daily routine. I hope that your fears soon give way to the excitement of exploration you describe. Best of luck and enjoy!

    • Cole Burmester

      October 31, 2012 at 9:22 AM

      We are getting excited about moving on now that we have a plan… all will be revealed soon! 🙂

  22. Angela

    October 23, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    I understand your fear of traveling and leaving the places you love, I have it too sometimes, but the fear of not traveling is bigger 😉 Probably the most painful time for me was when I left China, I’m almost afraid to go back because I don’t want to feel the pain of leaving all over again!

    • Cole Burmester

      October 31, 2012 at 9:23 AM

      Totally agree that the fear of NOT travelling scares us more. Not sure what we would do with ourselves if someone ever told us we could never travel again!

  23. Lijiang

    October 25, 2012 at 8:23 AM

    I also love to travel from one place to another places, that is so exciting. Always imagine about next destination. I like relaxing pace, not to rush.

  24. The Time-Crunched Traveler (Ellen)

    October 25, 2012 at 1:32 PM

    I understand your mixed emotions. Traveling the world is great … but it’s also good to have a home, to see friends regularly, and to have a job you enjoy (though this can be on the road, too!). We recently moved from the U.S. to China for at least a year. There were mixed emotions as we had to give up a lot and bid farewell to a lot in order to come here, but we’re very glad we did. And I’m sure in a year or two when it’s time to move back home, we’ll face similar emotions about moving back! Good luck with your decision, guys!

    • Cole Burmester

      October 31, 2012 at 9:38 AM

      Thanks Ellen for your support! It is always hard to say goodbye, but so exciting to go to new places. But as long as we keep reminding ourselves of that, then we will be fine 🙂

  25. Ali

    October 25, 2012 at 9:02 PM

    No matter how exciting change can be, it’s usually scary too. I like the comforts of home too, but I know I *need* that change. You keep in touch with friends and make new ones, and suddenly you have friends all over the world even if you can’t see them often. Good luck with the next step!

    • Cole Burmester

      October 31, 2012 at 9:42 AM

      Cheers Ali. It is definitely the excitement of meeting new people, eating new foods, and trying new adventures that keeps us going after 3 years on the road!

  26. Mary @ Green Global Travel

    October 26, 2012 at 6:41 PM

    I can relate to your fears. As an adult, I’ve never lived outside of the Atlanta area. For now, Bret and I both function best when we have a stable home base with friends, family, and our dog Huckleberry. Unfortunately, having a permanent home base has it’s drawbacks as well- more expensive to live, more expensive flights, less time to explore a new place. Good for you for facing your fears and moving on to the next phase in your travel life. Best of luck!

    • Cole Burmester

      October 31, 2012 at 9:45 AM

      I never knew you had a dog called Huckleberry! Cute 🙂 We do like having a base, and that is part of the reason we have enjoyed living in Edinburgh so much. We can pack up for the weekend and in 2 hours be in another country with different cultures, food and adventures. Makes life very simple. But we do need another challenge now I think 😉

  27. Michael @ Changes In Longitude

    October 29, 2012 at 2:01 AM

    We’ve had similar feelings on our RTW, but the excitement and anticipation of seeing a new place outweighs the thought of staying put, at least so far.I guess in the end you just have to do what feels right to you. I think travel is turning us into unstoppable nomads.

    Cheers,

    Michael

    • Cole Burmester

      October 31, 2012 at 10:36 AM

      Totally agree with you there Michael! You will reach a point one day where you will feel burnt out. That is when you realise you need to slow down. It happens to everyone, no matter how many years you travel for 😉

  28. CreditDonkey

    October 29, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    Hi Cole and Adela,

    Every travel blog I read fuels my desire for travel. Fear is in there too, and I have yet to take my first step but once I do, I also plan to take it slow like you do and savor the experience.

    Best of luck in your new adventure!

    • Cole Burmester

      October 31, 2012 at 10:37 AM

      Thanks Theresa! Once you take that first step, all you will want to do is start running and never stopping 🙂

  29. Abby

    October 31, 2012 at 5:47 AM

    It is never a mistake to make great friends!! I love moving and thrive on that excitement. But I have now stayed put for two years myself. It is amazing. It was a fear I needed to get over, and I can’t believe how much I’ve learned about myself during this time period. It’s strange where life can take us!

    • Cole Burmester

      October 31, 2012 at 10:48 AM

      But you are still getting the crazy adventures in Vegas so that is alright 😉

  30. Steve

    November 3, 2012 at 5:33 AM

    It’s really hard to leave the place which you have fallen in love with. You’ll miss the place, people, cuisine and culture. This makes us afraid to travel and try something new. Just be brave enough and think that something better is coming!

    • Cole Burmester

      November 3, 2012 at 4:48 PM

      Everywhere that we go we seem to fall in love with. We just hope our next move will be just as good 😉

  31. Kieu ~ GQ trippin

    November 3, 2012 at 4:23 PM

    Yum.. CHOCOLATE CAKE! You know.. I think I suffer from the opposite – fear of staying put. The last year, all we’ve known is travel and being on the constant move. I always admire those who can stay in one place and truly absorb it all in but am afraid that I’ll want leave the moment things get comfy. Let’s trade places and conquer our little fear together, shall we? 🙂

    • Cole Burmester

      November 3, 2012 at 7:36 PM

      Sounds like a grand idea Kieu 😉 Would be great to finally meet you guys somewhere!

  32. Maddy @ I'm Not Home

    November 4, 2012 at 2:25 PM

    I am in Asia atm and those pictures of chocolate cake are just too much!

    I know what you mean – it’s hard to leave somewhere you’re so attached to, especially as you know you’ll probably never live there again. At least if you stay in Europe you know you can pop over for a visit! I’m thinking of making a base for myself next year so it’s good for me to hear the perspective of someone who has done it. Good luck with the move!

    • Cole Burmester

      November 4, 2012 at 6:03 PM

      Sounds like we might be swapping places as we want to hit up Asia at the end of next year 😉 Need to swap some ideas etc

  33. Reena @ Wanderplex

    November 12, 2012 at 11:35 PM

    I think it’s really natural to crave familiarity and a sense of routine which is probably why you’re so afraid of moving on. But I think you can get that “familiarity” on the road too – you just have to travel more slowly. I find after I’m in a place for a couple of days, I start to feel more “at home”. You’ll be fine!

  34. Victor Tribunsky

    November 13, 2012 at 1:16 PM

    There are some sities in Europe where I know I could live, but I know there are some places that will be more interesting. So – constant search! 🙂

  35. Alexandra

    December 11, 2012 at 5:40 PM

    I’m nearing 20 months on the road with the longest in one spot my boyfriends home of Germany. It’s funny I never really feel at home here I actually feel more homesick when I have a base that isn’t my home. Maybe I’m crazy but I’m happier when I am on the move! Less than a month to go before another crazy 6 months of RTW travel and at least 13 new countries to visit!

    • Cole Burmester

      December 12, 2012 at 1:37 AM

      Totally agree with you Alexandra! When we are travelling I often find we are too busy to think about home because we are having so many adventures! But as soon as we slow down and stop for a bit, that is when we get home sick.

  36. Teresa

    January 18, 2013 at 12:03 PM

    I completely understand how you feel. I have been back home for a couple of years and am planning to head off again in the next few months. I did it before so I know I can do it again – rent out my house and go – but… I didn’t expect to be dragging my heels (which is what I am doing). It is important to remind yourself of your goals and the reason why you are living this type of life.

    • Cole Burmester

      January 19, 2013 at 9:33 AM

      Well said Teresa! There is a much bigger picture that we sometimes forget to look at when we start staying for too long in one place. Not that staying in one place is bad necessarily, but to achieve all our dreams and see the world we really need to move around 🙂

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    August 29, 2014 at 8:05 PM

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27 Must Follow Travelling Tips For Teenagers

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Traveling is something that everyone looks forward to. Whether somebody has summer vacations or the last few days of Christmas, a holiday is something that works as a social detox for many people out there. Since you’re a teenager, therefore you need to be very cautious about traveling. You will be checked upon everything, and the chances are that you will also be not allowed to avail several products and services in a different region.

There are many things to keep in mind when it comes to traveling generally. However, as a teenager, you need to go the extra mile to make sure that your trip is worthwhile. Try to be patient while planning for the trip and make sure that every decision that you make is based on wisdom rather than illogical reasoning. Moreover, not many teens get an opportunity to travel in a year. Now that you have an opportunity, so it is important to make the best possible use of it.

What is the importance of traveling at a young age?

Young age is a time when one has maximum time and energy to do what they want. Traveling is more like a therapeutic session that relieves all sorts of stress and anxieties. We live in a world where technology has encapsulated the functionalities of our lives so much that we despise spending some valuable time with ourselves. There are many benefits of traveling at a young age. Let me list down some of them:

· Travelling gives a diverse experience at a young age and makes a person wiser for future.

· Traveling at a young age is easy, which is why one stays active and very fit.

· Many youngsters suffer from anxieties and depression early. Travelling can release stress and improve a person’s mood.

· Young age is a time when a person is more active in befriending new people. Great travel experience can enhance a person’s social cohesion with other people.

· Travel experience is a great addition to the resume of young people. Don’t believe it? Yes, it’s true. The travel experience can uplift a person’s resume and increase the possible chances of a good opportunity in the commercial market.

Let me paddle you the following tips so that your travel experience can be better:

The travel experience can be made worthwhile when a person enjoys the journey and doesn’t take stress on account of anything. There are many things that teens need to keep in mind. Following are some very important tips for all the youngsters who are about to travel.

1. Start saving now

Most teenagers live on pocket money, which is why they often get short of the budget when they’re planning for such trips. Traveling to a new destination means that you will very likely be spending money on travel, food, accommodation, luxuries, etc. If you want to enhance the experience of having fun, then having an adequate amount of money is imperative. Start saving now so that you can join the bandwagon of your friends when it comes to going on that yellow brick road.

2. Choose Summer Holidays over winter

Summer is the most exotic time of the year when one can travel like a cosmopolitan everywhere. Traveling during the winter holidays is a lot more difficult because of the massive snow which is omnipresent along with a limited number of vacations. Moreover, you don’t even need to carry a lot of luggage during the summer as compared to winter. Instead of taking holidays from college, it is better that you wait for the vacations and then set off for the journey.

3. Ask for parent’s permission

Never set out for a trip if your parents don’t agree to it. Keep in mind that parents are spending a lot of money on your education and other stuff. If they are stopping you from going out, then there must be a reason for it. Moreover, if you believe that they will reject because of the hefty finances of the trip, then manage the finances yourself before you talk to them. Seeking parents’ permission is crucial, and they will very likely help you to a great extent if you acknowledge their decision.

4. Don’t leave important assignments behind

Most teenagers who love to travel are very likely going to be in high school and college. This time of the academic career is important; therefore, it is important to pay attention to course work and all the assignments that are given. Before setting out on a trip, make sure that you are done with all the important work that was assigned. Don’t choose a temporary trip over an important assignment that will affect your annual result. Therefore it is important to set out free when all the important work has been done.

5. Travel with a group of friends

Solo traveling isn’t as much fun as it is when there are lots of friends around. The benefits of traveling with friends are that there is constant support; one feels safe, traveling expenses are shared, etc. However, if you are traveling internationally, then you can go for a solo trip. Make sure that you travel with those friends with whom you have great friendship chemistry. Most teenagers bump into useless fights and then regret being together. It is important to enjoy the trip rather than wasting it.

6. Try something new

Travelling doesn’t just mean to sit in the car and drive as far as you can. Travel experience is the accumulation of different activities, food, long journey, camping, fishing, etc. Make sure that you try something new this time. If you did camping on your last trip, then go for other fun activities this time. A cosmopolitan experience is pivotal in life because it shapes up an individual for the better. There are many different games that you can play during the tour. Just make every moment of the journey super exciting.

7. Always travel with an adult

Since you’re a teenager, therefore, you won’t be allowed to do several things in the city. Therefore it is crucial to travel with an adult. Don’t forget that you won’t be allowed to drive, book a hotel, and buy booze. I am not suggesting you travel with your complete family, but somebody who is an adult from amongst your friend’s social circle will be a great idea. If you want to drive in the city, then you can consult a Fake ID website because they have counterfeit documents that can assist during travel.

8. Try to choose a destination within your own country

Most people choose to travel to a different country when it comes to going through this experience. However, I would suggest that you travel within your own country to get to know the different cities and famous places within the boundaries. Moreover, since you’re a young teen, therefore you should know what if feels like traveling to different places within the same country. If you travel to a new country, then you will have to spend extra money. Therefore try to cut your budget and do something that suits your needs.

9. Learn a new Language

Every state has its language and accent. If you’re traveling to a different country; then your experience will surely be very different. Therefore there is no harm in learning a particular language. If you are visiting Paris for the first time, then you can learn a little bit of French so that you can easily have generic communication with the hotel staff and the locals. Trust me; the experience will be worthwhile if you will master a new communication mode.

10. Complete the documents

Many young people overlook the idea of completing their documents before setting out for a long journey. Don’t be one of them and don’t brush this issue under the carpet. If you’re visiting a state where driving after 18 is allowed, then immediately apply for a driving license instead of risking the idea of driving and then getting caught up. Moreover, if you intend to visit more places, then do make a mention of that while applying for a visa.

11. Inform your loved ones and always look back

Your loved ones have got your back; therefore, there is no need to not inform them. In case you run into any sort of trouble, then inform your parents immediately. When one visits a new place, then there are a lot of things to cater for. Take a deep breath and travel with confidence. You will much likely be confronted by cops, locals, and trouble makers. You should be mentally prepared to interact with every one of them.

12. Don’t forget the camera at home

Try to go on a social detox during the trip, which means that you need to set aside your phone and enjoy your trip to the fullest. Don’t forget your camera at home and take great pictures with it. Since you’re traveling with your friends, therefore it is imperative to enjoy the trip to the fullest and make some amazing memories. We live in a world where smartphones distract us from a lot of things. Be somebody who enjoys his/her time on long drives and the beach walks.

13. Discuss personal safety before leaving

This is a very major point that needs to be paid attention to. Before you set out for the journey with your friends, make everyone sit down and discuss personal safety. Keep in mind that the place you’re visiting for the first time will be an alien land for you. Discuss all the possible things that you need during the trip. Pack your medical kit with all the necessary medicines. Keep in touch with a doctor at home so that if any issue arises during the journey, the expert can be contacted.

14. Don’t shy away from taking suggestions from parents and friends

If you have already traveled before, then you must have hands-on experience for yourself. However, if you are setting out on a journey for the first time, then you certainly need a lot of suggestions. Don’t run away from your parents if they give you their own experience of traveling. Keep in mind that you’re a teen and they’re old enough to give mindful advice. As a youngster, you will be shaped with the help of different experiences of life.

15. Strike a conversation with the locals

To have a multi-cultural experience during the tour, it is important to strike conversations with the locals of that place. Cut down the time that you spend on your phone and make every minute of the trip productive. Ask the locals for interesting information about the place and show gratitude if they’re helping you out in navigating through the tour. Take pictures and make amazing memories with new people. Don’t forget to befriend some of them. Making new friends in an alien land helps when a person in revisiting that place.

16. Don’t be a cheap hand

Since you’re out for traveling, therefore, don’t refrain from shopping from the local industry. New places have exciting things that one can look forward to. Moreover, the small scale industry can only be encouraged if people make purchases from them. Get some souvenirs to your parents and friends. It is crucial to be wise enough when spending money on such things.

17. Make a travel VLOG

Your trip will not just be beneficial for you but will also prove to be of great help to those who intend to visit that place for the first time. If you are confident enough to make a self-video, then just go for it. Use a high definition camera and tell people about your trip. A travel VLOG will also be a great memory when you come back home. Therefore use creative ways to make the trip exciting and interesting. If you can’t make a self-video, then ask one of your friends to shoot your video. With selfie cameras these days, the idea of recording Vlog’s has become much easier.

18. Take some snacks along

Eating a lot during the trip is only going to make you look for more bathroom stops and cause nausea. Have some light snacks and refrain from taking full-fledged meals during the tour. The journey might take hours, which is why it is better to be active and free from any kind of stress. Many people start to puke during the tour because they eat a lot. Keep some light snacks in your bag and have some of them if you feel hungry. Enhance the experience of the tour by keeping your diet simple. Eat fresh fruits if you can and drink water to stay hydrated.

19. Don’t hesitate in taking help

If you believe that you’re heading in the wrong direction, then ask for help. If you’re following a Google map, then that might take you in the right direction, however, if you are following a paper map, then you certainly need help. Instead of wasting time in finding the right way, you can simply ask the locals to navigate you towards your destination. However, if you are on a flight for the first time, they don’t mind asking the airport staff to help you with everything that you are confused about.

20. Don’t shy away from complaining to the airport staff

If you have any issue that is serious and needs to the attention of the airport staff, then don’t refrain from consulting them. Immediately report to them in case you have a major problem. Many people shy away from raising their voice and brush their issues under the carpet. Keep in mind that you’ve paid a hefty price for the air ticket. Therefore, it is your right to be entitled to all the benefits that are offered.

21. Don’t start crying if the cops detain you

Young people get worried if the cops detain them in a new place. If you haven’t done anything wrong, then there is no need to get worried. Be confident and handle the situation with wisdom. Produce your original documents to the cops and answer them wisely. Keep in mind that every state has its own rules and laws, which are why you must know the dos and don’ts of a new place. Something legal in your country might be illegal in the other state. Therefore always be mindful about doing anything in a new place such as camping in a prohibited area, shooting, swimming, smoking, etc.

22. Don’t drive without a driving license

Driving license is a very crucial document to carry when you’re driving. If you are accompanied by an adult, then let him/her drive. Don’t carry the burden on your head at all. Getting caught up with a driving license can be quite devastating. If you’re caught in your own country, then that might not be as much problematic as it would be if you’re out in a different country. Therefore it is recommended that you get a driving license of the country that you’re visiting.

23. Refrain from smoking weed, cigarettes or sheesha

Many teenagers have a habit of taking sheesha along on their long trips. As already mentioned, make this trip a healthy one and go on a social detox. Don’t even try to think of smoking weed in a new place. You might get caught up and end up in jail. A trip can be made more challenging if you keep away from such activities. Talk to your friends before setting out for the trip. Carve some smart rules and make sure that everyone follows them throughout.

24. Avoid repetition

For this to happen, you need to get out of your comfort zone. To have a diverse experience of the trip, you need to move here and there. Don’t just sit in the hotel room and play games on your phone. Try new and exciting things. Go camping, swimming, trekking, running, yoga, etc. However, don’t just stick to one activity. The repetition of anything can make the experience monotonous.

25. Have fun

This is the most important tip that you need to take from the discussion here. Having fun is the most important goal of any trip. You might be having different objectives for setting out on a journey, but there is a possibility that you might miss out on any of them. Everyone has have their reasons for going out on long journeys. Not every tour is going to be successful in terms of achieving the objectives, but one can have lots of fun for sure.

26. Avoid packing clothes and other stuff in the same bag

When you’re setting out for a trip, it is important to have all the necessities in your bag. However, one mistake that most teenagers do is that they use the same bag mutually. Never do that! Always have separate bags for each other. You possibly might use somebody else’s toothbrush by mistake. Moreover, a serious fight might break out if somebody steals your stuff.

27. Avoid going to nightclubs and bars if you are not the legal age

Teenagers are often fascinated with nightclubs and bars. However, it is important to note that every club has its membership card without which a person cannot enter. If you intend to enter the club by bribing the club security, then you might get beaten up. Therefore it is better to refrain from spoiling the tour by considering a short term fun over a long tour fun.

Conclusion!

Lastly, it is very crucial to enjoy the trip and make sure that you benefit from every inch of it. It is suggested that you go on a social detox and just enjoy the long drive. As a teenager, it is important to explore yourself because you probably might not get enough time after you step foot into your practical life. Traveling in teenage is a great experience because it shapes up a person to be more cautious about everything in this world. Young people dare to change the dynamics of this world; therefore, it is important for even parents to allow them to fly so that they can learn.

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A Brief Thailand Guide

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Thailand is known for its wonderful nature, scrumptious mangoes and exacting standards about discussions on its government. This is the main Southeast Asian nation that was never colonized by a European nation. The general population in Thailand are known for their neighborliness and for being extremely decent to vacationers. Thailand is otherwise called the “place that is known for grins” in light of the fact that the general population appears to be prepared to welcome you with a grin. They are a harmonious adoring society. Thailand would be a great and outlandish spot to visit.

If you are thinking of visiting this beautiful place, you can book tickets at bookaway.

In the event that you intend to visit Thailand, there are a few destinations that you should plan to see when going to Thailand. The most visited spot to find in Thailand is Bangkok’s Grand Palace. It is a complex that has a 218,000 sq. meter walled city involved imperial living arrangements, royal position lobbies, Buddhist sanctuaries, government workplaces, and centerpieces. Any individual who is visiting the site should hold at least 3 hours to investigate the site. Women should cover their shoulders and men should likewise wear shirts with sleeves. The Admission is 400 THB for each individual.

Another site to look at is the Thailand gliding markets which are a huge piece of the neighborhood culture. The Damnoen Saduak Floating Market is about 90 minutes drive from Bangkok. Merchants sell coconut hotcakes, spring moves, pan-seared dishes and crisp natural product which you can eat on the vessel as you ride along. The cost of great importance long visit on the vessel will run you about $60 USD.

One of the islands in Thailand named Koh Lanta is a standout amongst the most perfect islands and a particularly alluring goal for shoreline sweethearts. Koh Lanta’s best shorelines can be found along its western and southern coasts. The island has many soak slopes, segregated shorelines, and unpaved side streets. On the off chance that you need you to see the fundamental attractions around the island, it is recommended to lease a vehicle which is around $30 every day.

A site that is found 150 kilometers upper east of Bangkok is known as the sanctuaries of Lopburi. The sanctuaries draw guests, anyway Lopburi’s inhabitant monkeys are the primary fascination. It is best to remain at a separation from the monkeys on the grounds that they are not frightened to hop on individuals’ shoulders or grab sustenance appropriate out of anybody’s hand. It would, in any case, be fun and energizing to see the monkeys, however.

On the off chance that you end up close Phuket, you should look at the Phang Nga Bay. The straight is known for its irregular limestone shake developments, emerald waters, and perfect all year swimming conditions. Phang Nga Bay is situated among Phucket and the Malay promontory of southern Thailand. The greater part of the cruising visits incorporates paddling, swimming, swimming, and lunch as a major aspect of the schedule.

Somewhere else in Bangkok that would merit visiting is the Sukhothai Historical Park. It is situated around 5 hours north of Bangkok. The recreation center is an eminent spot to investigate by bike, vehicle, or strolling visit. Inside the recreation center, there are a few forcing structures. These incorporate Wat Mahatat, the recreation center’s biggest sanctuary, the surprising three-pillared Wat Si Sawai sanctuary, and Pra Archana Budha at Wat Si Chun. The Sukhothai Historical Park requires an entire day to investigate.

As you can see Thailand is an eventful and cultured place. You would have something to do every day. If you are thinking of visiting this beautiful place, you can book tickets at bookaway. You won’t regret booking tickets at this website at an affordable price.

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FIVE UNIQUE REASONS TO VISIT LONDON SOON

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Author: Ashley Munson

Every major city in the world will tell you about the culture and history you can absorb from stepping through their streets or getting on an open top bus. They can all offer a variety of museums and galleries, they can all offer a ‘highest building’ offering views of the city and every city will offer a wide range of bars, restaurants and clubs in which you can either take in the lifestyle or escape from the hustle and bustle depending on your preference. 

Those lines that are peddled out by tourism boards are not lies and whilst they can be wonderful experiences, they aren’t unique, but London can be. Here are five things that you can tick from your bucket list in London throughout 2019 – and they’ll all leave you with memories to last a lifetime.

5 – DINE IN THE SKY

London is blessed with a wide selection of restaurants ranging from your chain offerings to Michelin star fine dining and everything in between. They are available all year round but if you’re quick you could reserve your place at a ‘once in a lifetime table’.

Dine in the Sky offers high quality food and drinks menu, which is served on an open sided table suspended 100ft in the air outside of the O2 arena. The other beauty is that meals are offered throughout the day so you can choose your preferred time to dine and take in the London skyline from a vantage point that very few will be able to share. The experience is only available until mid-July so you might want to act swiftly.

4 – THE ORBITAL SLIDE

It’s time to channel your inner child and descend the worlds longest tunnel slide. The structure, which stands within the Olympic Park region of London, was designed by artists Carsten Holler and Sir Anish Kapoor ahead of the 2012 Olympic Games.

The slide runs for a whopping 178m and features a dozen twists and turns. If you’re brave enough keep your eyes open as alternating oblique and transparent sections toy with your nerves and treat you to glimpses of the city skyline.

3 – THE NFL COMES TO LONDON

It’s not everyday you get the opportunity to watch America’s number one sport in the UK’s number one city, but for four dates you can as the NFL matchups are about to touchdown in London. The Cincinnati Bengals and LA Rams face one another at the national stadium, Wembley, on 27th October before the Houston Texans play Jacksonville Jaguars a week later.

Wembley Way is an experience in itself and seeing the arch is one for your Instagram feed. However, if you want the freshest stadium marked from your bucket list then you need to check out two earlier fixtures. The Chicago Bears and Oakland Raiders go head to head on October 6th and the Carolina Panthers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers take to the field on the 13th at the new home of Tottenham Hotspurs.

The stadium, which has been 12 years in the making and holds over 62,000 people, contains a Michelin star restaurant, its own brewery and offers the longest bar in Europe at 65 meters long.

2 – THE GARDEN IN THE SKY

Whilst the crowds flock to the Shard, break the trend and head to 20 Fenchurch Street, or the Walkie Talkie as it’s more commonly known. There are 35 floors and what you’ll find at the top is not only 360-degree views of London but a range of Mediterranean and African plants to walk amongst as well.

A genuine garden in the sky. The best bit – it’s completely free but advance booking is required and, don’t fear, food and drinks are available up there too!

1 – BUCKINGHAM PALACE

Okay, so you’ll have to put up with the crowds here but you cannot go to London and not pay a trip to the residence of the Queen – after all, there is no other place in the world that can offer you an inside look at Buckingham Palace. Availability for the tours is from 20th July to 29th September and spaces are limited so book soon!

There you have it, a few options to make your trip to London different to the usual so when you chat with friends and they say ‘I’ve been to London’ you can rest easy knowing that whilst that might be the case, your experience was out of the ordinary.

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