Why there’s never a right time to go travelling

So you’ve checked the sabbatical policy at work, mentally mapped out your perfect trip and spent far too long researching a rucksack. But you can’t ignore that nagging question — is now really the right time to take some time out and travel?

In the process of building Faraway, we’ve now spoken with over 100 different people who have taken a month or more (some considerably more!) away from work in order to see more of the world. Here’s what we’ve learned.

1. There’s never a right time to go travelling

We’re always interested in what’s led up to people’s trips and their motivations for going. Here’s a handful of answers we’ve heard:

  1. We both have hectic jobs and feel like we don’t get to spend enough time together. One day, we decided enough was enough
  2. I’d been working so hard towards my promotion. My trip was a thank you to myself and a chance to recoup some energy
  3. We wanted to give our kids an education they could never find in the classroom
  4. I’d just gone through a divorce and realised I needed space to weigh up some life choices
  5. It’s something I’d always wanted to do, and I was feeling more and more restless in London. Eventually, I couldn’t ignore it anymore

And whilst people’s reasons for travelling are different, there’s one thing we’ve heard again and again. Almost everyone has had to make their own opportunity to go — often walking away from the security of a job, a home or a routine, and raising some eyebrows in the process. There’s never a right time to go travelling.

2. It’s completely normal to feel nervous or even afraid

At every stage of your life, there’ll be a reason to put off taking time off to travel.

  • It’s too risky
  • I’ve got nobody to go with
  • People will think I’ve gone mad
  • It’ll ruin my career
  • I can’t afford it
  • I can’t speak Japanese

Now, it’s not for everyone and that’s ok. But last year, over a million British people aged 25–44 took over a month off to travel. More than 1,000,000. So it can’t be that crazy, can it?

If you’re feeling genuinely stuck, we’d suggest scribbling your concerns on paper, breaking them down as far as you can and looking for a way around them. There’s usually a way.

3. Once you’re away, the worries will disappear

Of everyone we’ve spoken to, not one has said they regret it.

Nobody regretted waking up to the sound of the sea on a tropical island in the Philippines. Nor camping under the stars and tracking gorillas through the jungle in Uganda. Nor that week spent learning to surf in Nicaragua. And not even that thirty-six hour coach journey to catch the sunrise over Torres del Paine.

So yes, there will always be doubts — but if you have a burning ambition to travel (or do anything in life, for that matter) perhaps you should just do it. Life’s too short.

Do you dream about escaping your routine and going on a far-flung trip? Whether it’s 3 weeks or 3 months, we’d love to help. Book in a free exploratory call here to get started.

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Team Faraway x