don’t wait to explore (the world & yourself)

don't wait to explore

I think it’s a very human thing to get in our own way. The idea of attempting something and failing seems to be scarier than never attempting at all. As a result, we often stay stagnant and in one place, rather than venturing out. This is true in all figurative and literal aspects, but I find it particularly true for traveling. Strength exists in numbers, and unless going somewhere with family, most will never try to explore alone. Change that!

So many are scared to venture solo because it means they might have to rely on themselves, and aren’t sure they’re capable. I promise you, you are. You’re strong enough and more than able to handle anything that life gives you (seriously, like, forreal).

Start Small.

Are you scared?? Then start small! Are you able to go shopping alone? Can you go to the grocery store solo? Okay, now go further. Take a whole day with just yourself for company. Go spend time out exploring the woods; look up the local train schedule and just ride it to a random town. Not only will you get to know yourself better by spending time with the most important person in your life (hi, that’s you!), it’ll get easier and easier to go further and travel more!

One of my favorite things about spending time by myself is that I really, truly have gotten to know myself better. As someone who  loves spending most of my time by myself, I think you can literally feel your independence growing when you’re doing things solo.

“But I can’t afford to travel.”

That’s a lie. You just don’t know how to save to travel. There’s this misconception that it costs a lot of money to take a trip somewhere, and that’s really just not true anymore. The prices of flights are going down more and more every day (check here for more deals!), and with places like Airbnb existing, there’s no reason to splurge a lot on a place to stay!

You just need to make saving to travel (or anything that is important to you) a priority. Once you do that, you’ll start to find ways you can save money. Maybe cut back on after dinner drinks a few times a week, maybe make your food at home instead of ordering out, maybe skip buying your winter wardrobe and just layer up instead. Whatever you do, make sure you stick with it!!

don't wait to explore

My trick for saving has been to have money automatically transfer to my savings account once a week. Something like $20 a week is totally doable, considering how much we blow on things like Uber on the regular without even realize! One less Starbucks trip equals $5 more saved! And you don’t have to be aggressive and cut out all fun splurges (I could never give up my random shopping trips because TREAT YO SELF), just cut back!

don't wait to explore

Now, don’t get me wrong, there’s no shame in wanting to take a trip with someone else! If you’d rather go with your sister/brother/mom/boyfriend then by all means! Just don’t let yourself make excuses as to why you can’t get out there, and stop waiting on other people to go. You wanna up and see more of your state? Go. You wanna fly across your country? Go. The only one holding you back is you!!

PS. Is anyone gonna be in Paris the second week of December?? Because ya girl booked a solo trip to go explore after I got tired of waiting for others to come with me. Comment below if you have any fave places for me to check out!

18 Comments

  1. Alice November 9, 2016 / 4:59 pm

    Brilliant! You’re amazing.
    Maybe you’d like the Jardin des Plantes, the garden is very pretty, not sure how it is in winter but they do have a greenhouse, and the natural history museum is in the grounds. There’s a gallery of comparative anatomy with loads of skeletons of animals that I found beautiful and humbling (so dorky haha! Oh well no apologies).
    Palais de Tokyo is very cool, definitely worth checking if there’s anything interesting when you’re there.
    Looking forward to reading about your trip, I’ve never gone on a trip by myself so I’m interested to see how you get on 🙂

    • thegoldsister@gmail.com November 10, 2016 / 11:00 pm

      I just googled Jardin des Plantes and even in winter is looks amazing! I’ll definitely add that to my itinerary. I actually hope it snows while I’m there, I bet it would look magical (hahah, cliche~~).
      That Palais de Tokyo looks really cool architecturally in google images, I may have to check it out as well.
      I actually joined this FB group called Girls LOVE Travel, and seeing all the girls take solo trips really inspired me to just get out there and stop waiting. I don’t know if you’re really active on FB, but it’s definitely worth checking out!

      <3

  2. Steph November 10, 2016 / 4:02 pm

    This is great! I’d love to read more about this topic from you =) I’m currently in a stage where I’m trying to figure myself out and taking some solo trips would be a great idea

    • thegoldsister@gmail.com November 10, 2016 / 10:56 pm

      I had a lot of fun writing this, so I definitely may expand! I feel like I’ve gotten a solid grasp on who I am this last year or so, and I’d love to help other people be more comfortable with themselves!

      xx

  3. Melanie November 10, 2016 / 6:09 pm

    What a great post! I love the encouragement to “just go”! So many people think travel has to be so expensive, but like you said just a little different outlook on savings, and finding the budget you want to stick with, finding ways to travel and explore are totally doable!! LOVE!!

    I currently have a travel linkup going on and this post would make a great addition! Feel free to join in on the fun 🙂 http://www.lifessweetwords.com/2016/11/traveltuesday-10-27-great-travel.html

    Happy Thursday!!

    • thegoldsister@gmail.com November 10, 2016 / 10:53 pm

      Thanks for the invite! I added my post. :))

      And for sure, you can definitely find a way to travel if you make it a priority of yours!

  4. Anne Rita Taylor November 11, 2016 / 11:54 am

    Good advice! I went to Paris last April – go to the department store Gallerie Lafayette – take the escalator to the roof to see the lovely view. I travelled alone in my twenties; it was a bit scary, but I wanted to go places and others were not.

    • thegoldsister@gmail.com November 11, 2016 / 2:10 pm

      Oooh, I can only imagine the view! I’ll definitely look that up!!

      x

  5. jackie November 12, 2016 / 8:31 am

    Love these tips! they are great. thanks for sharing 🙂

    • thegoldsister@gmail.com November 13, 2016 / 12:10 am

      You’re welcome! Hope they come in handy! x

  6. Susannah November 12, 2016 / 6:29 pm

    Yes! Travel is so important and everyone should do it!! <3

    • thegoldsister@gmail.com November 16, 2016 / 9:23 pm

      Yes! I hope I can inspire more to!

  7. Molly November 13, 2016 / 12:19 pm

    Such a great post! I honestly might start creating a whole separate travel fund, right now it all goes in savings and sometimes I feel guilty spending that!

    http://www.mollyonthemoveblog.com

    • thegoldsister@gmail.com November 16, 2016 / 9:25 pm

      I have a jar I add $5-$20 to every shift I work (I’m a server), depending how busy it is, that’s separate from my savings account. That way I don’t feel guilty about spending it, and it tends to add up fast!

  8. The How-to Guru November 14, 2016 / 10:48 pm

    This is awesome and so very true. You spoke to the fears of many. Well done.

    blessings,
    The How-to Guru

    • thegoldsister@gmail.com November 16, 2016 / 9:25 pm

      Thank you! x

  9. Allison November 16, 2016 / 3:15 pm

    As an introvert, I have never had a problem being by myself. In fact, I need time to myself. Especially now with a husband and two kids. I’ve never traveled solo, though. I’ve never had any reason to but it is an intriguing idea for me.

    • thegoldsister@gmail.com November 16, 2016 / 9:26 pm

      I’m the same. I love spending time alone, but I’ve yet to travel solo. Go for it!

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