Have you ever thought to yourself, why do people want to travel? Why do they leave the comfort of their home?

For instance, I have heard people say, “I like my bed”, “I like the comfort of my home”, and “I have no need to leave.” To me it sounds like people could be nervous or just content with life.

 Oftentimes, we have issues with stepping out of our comfort zones. Traveling could be one of those things. I would say, “Travel makes me nervous,” but in actuality it makes me alive.

I have been nervous stepping out of my comfort zone. I have a fear of heights, but I love to fly in the sky. Scuba diving makes me nervous with thoughts of running out of air, but I love the scenery and beauty that is below the surface of the sea. 

Travel can make us all nervous, but it enhances our experiences and brings new life to us. 

Nervous Nellies:

I know many people that do not travel due to money, time off of work, or even knowing where to go and what to do.

 The group of people that do not have those reservations I say have a distinct fear of what could happen. What would happen if I lost my luggage? What could happen if I get injured? What could happen if I get mugged, food poisoning, or get some sort of weird disease? There are so many what ifs going through your head, what about the what could be?

When my wife and I go traveling, we usually think in the what could be. What if I see a shark while scuba diving? What if I meet some cool people? What if I love all the food that goes into my mouth?

Life is short for people. It is sometimes tough thinking that travel will make you nervous. It is tough seeing people not wanting to adventure in life. Yes, life at home is comfortable. Your friends are there. Your job is there. You know where the best food is, and how to communicate with most people you meet, what if you stepped outside for a second and see what could be.

If you do worry to much just grab some Travel Insurance. It will make life feel safer and better.

Oh the places you may go:

I once sat a desk job answering phones looking out the window wondering what could happen if I just bought a ticket and left. Seeing the beautiful pictures on the various travel blogs wondering what do I need to do to leave all this behind to see the sights.

 There are many sites to see. Many places that people talk about. Many foods that people get to enjoy. Sitting at my desk I wanted it all. So I did what most people would not. I quit my job, bought a one-way ticket to Taiwan, and started an adventure.

Adventures can start from anywhere. It can start once you decide to leave the home and comfort of the place you have always been.

 Dr. Seuss wrote a book called “Oh the places you will go.” It is a great book to bring about that life into the individual. I was given this book on graduation from High School. What I didn’t do was go anywhere until I was at the ripe age of 30. I had visited Vietnam when I was 21, but the many places I have been now have fulfilled this life that I am living.

 Many places in this world are quite beautiful. There are places in Central America, like Guatemala, that are full of culture, great foods, and people to share stories with and meet.

 There are places in this world that a vastness of adventure that is a part of the country. Countries like New Zealand or even the large country of Indonesia that creates many opportunities to explore parts of the world that the eye has a hard time describing the beauty.

 Yes we can have lists, read books, and even look up blogs to see these places, but once you step outside of that front door there is a new world in front of us.

Food that make you go Yum:

We are often accustomed to eating food that is part of our culture. When it is time to adventure out, we go down the street to the nearest Mexican restaurant or even adventure to find some Thai food. We all have done it, and think “this is awesome food.”

 Now think about this, instead of paying your usual $10-15 on Mexican or Thai food. You decide to actually visit the country and try their food, which may now cost less than $5 or even cheaper than $1, would you do it?

Would you want to eat the food all the time, knowing that it is authentic, delicious, and worth the price for a pure cultural experience, or would you rather go back to the restaurant and taste food that is maybe based on your local tastes? Honestly, I would rather taste authentic food.

Street Food:

In other countries, there are markets, street food, and stands everywhere. People are out in the streets selling their local delicacies. There are many night markets in Taiwan, fruit and vegetable markets in SE Asia, and food stands all over Guatemala. People are willing to sell you food. The locals eat it, and so do I. Food is everywhere and it is cheap too.

Places all over the world have street food. There are festivals in America that has some great street food as well. If you ever visit Chicago in the Summer time, there happens to be some sort of food festival going on almost every weekend. I lived there for one month, and could not believe the food culture there. I loved it. (I wished it was cheaper of course.)

Of course, eating street food can make you nervous. It can make you sick sometimes. You may not even like it. You may not even want to know what you are eating. ( I sometimes eat pig intestines and pigs blood in Taiwan). The food is not what you are used to, but that is part of the adventure, trying new and amazing food.

Learning new things:

Sitting at home, you can see many things on TV, in the news, and even on the Internet. The world looks scary. It makes people nervous. It makes people anxious of the what ifs in life.

The coolest part of traveling is you are opening your mind to new things. You see how people live. You see how certain people are happy, nice, caring, and even can show you new ways of doing things.

The Philippines is very eco friendly in their seas and oceans. They want to keep the water clean. They pick up trash in the ocean, prevent plastic water bottles from being taken out in boat rides, and care heavily for keeping things looking beautiful.

In Taiwan, people are very friendly. They will help someone on the side of the road that looks lost. It has happened to me several times. I have looked lost, but knew where I was going.

People in Guatemala care for the safety of others. They know there is crime in many places, and the people will warn you and give advice on staying safe and enjoying their beautiful nation.

Go and learn something new like Scuba Diving, take a cooking class, or even paint. The world has some cool new things you can do.

Sitting at home, you can see many things on TV, in the news, and even on the Internet. The world looks scary. It makes people nervous. It makes people anxious of the what ifs in life.

 The coolest part of traveling is you are opening your mind to new things. You see how people live. You see how certain people are happy, nice, caring, and even can show you new ways of doing things.

 The Philippines is very eco friendly in their seas and oceans. They want to keep the water clean. They pick up trash in the ocean, prevent plastic water bottles from being taken out in boat rides, and care heavily for keeping things looking beautiful.

 In Taiwan, people are very friendly. They will help someone on the side of the road that looks lost. It has happened to me several times. I have looked lost, but knew where I was going.

 People in Guatemala care for the safety of others. They know there is crime in many places, and the people will warn you and give advice on staying safe and enjoying their beautiful nation.

Be Flexible and Enjoy

Each country has something new to add to your life. May it be a good or bad experience, we learn from the experiences we have in life. We learn from the people we interact with, and we learn from the foods we eat.

 There are so many cultures and beautiful things to see in this world. Why be nervous? The title of this post should be “Travel Makes me Excited.”

Be excited about the opportunities that await you. You never know what could happen, but we will always know what will happen if we stay at home. Life is unpredictable. We can step outside and be hit by a bus or we can go and live life to the fullest.

 Take a step out of your comfort zone and see something new today.

Tell me, what makes you nervous while traveling? What would you like to do? What is one adventure that you would like to do, but it may be scary?

Post below in the comments. I would love to hear your story.

“Life is short and the world is wide.” – Simon Raven

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