If you’ve been putting off your next big adventure because of the steep price tag, you might want to take a minute to check out this great post on National Geographic’s Intelligent Travel blog.
The reason I bring this up is because “I can’t afford it” is one of the most common objections I hear when I ask people what’s keeping them from making their dream trip a reality. But personal experience has taught me that this issue of finances—along with two other frequently-cited deal-breakers I call fitness and fear—are a lot easier to overcome than most of us might believe.
To illustrate my point, I thought I’d take a minute to gently poke holes in each of these excuses in the hope that you won’t let them stop you from having yourself a truly extraordinary experience in the months to come:
I’m a firm believer in the idea that you don’t need to have been born independently wealthy to live a life filled with remarkable adventures, you just have to be a little more creative when it comes to achieving your goals. For example, if you lust for one of these posh around-the-world-by-private-jet tours but shudder at the price tag, do a little digging and you’ll find you can arrange your own itinerary using a round-the-world ticket on commercial airlines for a fraction of the cost. And if it means you have to keep driving your old car for another couple of years to pay off your trip, I’m betting you’ll find the life-long memories you bring home will make this small sacrifice seem well worth it.
Look, you and I may never have the physical stamina it takes to summit Mount Everest. But if you’ve always wanted to take a classic walking tour of the English Lake District and you never hoof it farther than from the parking lot to your desk in daily life, hitting the gym for a few months to get in shape seems like a small price to pay to make that happen. Also know that many tour operators are happy to make alternative arrangements for guests who feel they may not be up to the more strenuous portions of any given trip.
Finally, let me assure you that I know a thing or two about overcoming fears. To use a dramatic example, the first time I did a tandem skydive, the jumpmaster had to practically pry my fingers off the plane’s dash after he opened the door at 14,000 feet. Once I flung myself out that door however, my fear was replaced by a sense of unbounded joy as I reveled in a sensation that was more like flying than falling. And, in my experience, this is exactly how fear works: As soon as you make that leap, you realize that the very thing you’d been so intimidated by actually turns out to be a heck of a lot of fun.