There has never been a better reason to travel right now. I know what you’re thinking, “Here is another travel blogger telling me to quit my job and travel the world”. It seems like the blogosphere is full of people telling you to quit the 9-5, go out and travel the world and make money where ever you are. While that is certainly a dream of a lot of people, you don’t have to do that in order to travel and experience everything this world has to offer.
While we are on the subject I am not sure there are more world traveling nomads now than in the past. I think the fact that there is internet connectivity most places in the world and the ability of instant news just makes it easier for those that choose to live a life on the road to connect with everyone.
That same technology that lets us stay in touch with everyone also allows us the ability to get information and knowledge so we can travel more than ever before. Travel sites, travel forums and travel blogs give us a wealth of knowledge. We can get information on city and country guides, travel destinations, what to pack, travel deals, travel scams and more. There has never been as much information on where to go, what to see and do, what to be aware of and how to get there than right now.
Travel will probably not get much cheaper than right now. Gas prices will probably not go down significantly anytime in the future. That means everything from a weekend getaway in your car to traveling overseas; air travel will never be cheaper than right now. By booking a flight now you can lock in travel deals and vacation packages before prices increase and avoid paying high prices for last minute travel.
You can’t travel because you have young children. Well that’s just silly. Some of my fondest memories are when the family would take off for a month every summer and travel around the country camping in National Parks. Your kids will remember traveling their entire life and it will open their eyes to things they would otherwise only read about in a book or hear someone talk about.
With all of the travel sites on the internet that give deals you can find something to fit your budget and time frame. From the big guys like Expedia Travel, Kayak, and AAA Travel, to smaller niche sites, there is something for everyone. You can stay at a Bed and Breakfast, couch surf, rent a condo, trade homes with another vacationing family, house sit, stay in a hostel or a five star hotel. Speaking of Hostels, they are evolving also with some offering private rooms, Wi-Fi and enhanced services.
Another reason to travel right now, you’re not getting any younger. Conventional wisdom used to be, work your entire life, retire, then take a cruise or go on vacations. Why wait? Why not start enjoying life now. You don’t have to embark on a round the world trip, although that is pretty cool. Take advantage of the many travel deals that are offered daily. From sites like Groupon, Air Fare Watchdog and others, you can snag unbelievable discounts on some really great destinations. Take a few days or a week, get out and see some things.
There are a lot of ways to cut costs so money can be one less reason not to travel. Whether you travel by train, car, plane or cruise, there are so many discount travel sites and accommodations that with a little research you can find a deal. And let’s not forget our friendly travel agents. You remember them, they are actual people that you talk to and they arrange trips for people. I know sounds weird huh? An actual person that you can talk to and knows things about destinations and travel deals, who would have thought? Travel agents can offer things that you can’t get on your own. They also have access to deals that are not normally advertised.
So whether you want to quit your job to travel full time, take a gap year from work or school, take a month off or just take a long weekend , there is no better time to travel than right now.