5. What if I get robbed?
When travelling with your laptop, camera and other valuables, concerns about being robbed are hard to dispel. While you can’t completely avoid this unfortunate possibility, travel insurance makes the worst case scenario more manageable. Remember to keep valuables on your person and expensive items hidden away in a rucksack so that your holiday doesn’t end up costing far more than you anticipated.
6. I've got a terrible sense of direction
We’re programmed to believe that knowing where we’re going at every given moment is essential, but part of the fun of travelling is getting lost – and realising that it doesn’t actually matter.
If you jump off at the wrong station or take a bus in the opposite direction than intended, who cares. Travelling teaches you to cope when things don’t go to plan and how to make the most of these unexpected mishaps-turned-adventures.
7. But everyone gets ill travelling
Delhi belly – whether you’re in India or elsewhere – is (often) impossible to avoid. In a new country, the cocktail of new bacteria in everything from the food to the sanitation facilities is a recipe for a bad stomach.
That said, you can still minimize the risk. Invest in alcohol gel hand sanitizer, drink bottled water (and use it to clean your teeth) and pick your dining spots carefully. If there’s a decent assortment of locals of all ages eating there, you’re probably onto a winner.
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8. I can’t afford to travel…
One of the greatest misconceptions is that travel is expensive – but not all destinations cost the earth. Consider camping on a trip around Australia, make pilgrimage along the Camino de Santiago in Spain, road trip the length of the Americas or pick countries perfect for budget trips such as Vietnam, where you can survive on less than $8 a day.
9. …and I’ll run out of money
It’s easy to be frivolous with your money when you’re soaking up your newly-discovered travel freedom, but conscious control of your finances can prolong the fun. Plan a daily budget and a small contingency fund for larger activities, such as tours or entrance fees, and stick to it. Evaluating “luxuries”, such as your daily alcohol intake or souvenir expenditure, is an eye-opening, but ultimately money-saving activity.
10. Travel will change me
Does it matter? A little dose of life outside your own bubble is more often than not exactly what the doctor ordered. Facing up to your fears about travel will give you a liberal dose of satisfaction and prove that you should never be afraid to confront what frightens or challenges you – a lesson that we all need to be reminded of every once in a while.