Sometimes the hardest part of doing something is actually starting doing it, especially when you know that this thing will bring you out of your comfort zone. Travelling is amazing, but it is not easy, and indeed the hardest part of it, is to start it. Does not matter how much you wished to travel, or how many years you waited for it, when it becomes true, you feel those butterflies in your stomach. I say this out of experience.
It is normal to get nervous when doing something new, it is a natural thing, but do not let it hold you back! The best thing to do is to control your emotions and make yourself confident.
6 Tips To Build Confidence To Travel
Start with your backyard
Sometimes thinking about leaving home for the first time to cross the ocean sounds too extreme or scary, and maybe the idea itself really is. So, why not start with your backyard? Travelling in your own country is a good way to start, it helps you to build confidence and trust, besides, gives you a chance to and get to know your country and culture even more.
You can start by visiting a family member or inviting your friends to travel with you somewhere. Try to look for a nice place to visit nearby your area, maybe you will end up finding an amazing spot nearby that nobody else knows!
If you are an Exotic Culture lover, this might be very disappointing to hear, just like it was for me, but to be honest, this was a piece of really good advice that I got from a friend. I know that.
Only when you get to another country, that you realised how complicated things can be sometimes, it is normal, you will face difficulties, you will find yourself in situations that you wouldn’t face if you had stayed sleeping at home.
But I can assure you that it is easier to fix a problem in English than fix one in Mandarin (Chineses might discord).
I say this because before travelling I was a very raw person if this is even an adjective. What I mean here is that I didn’t know much about how life works, nowadays I’m still a dumbass but I learnt a lot during my travels, before smashing my head against the wall a couple of times, but I can say that I feel much more prepared now.
To have an idea, I didn’t even know how to catch a train! Seriously. All that idea of using machines to buy a ticket or recharge your Oyster was pretty new for me before you call me a granny, let me explain myself saying that we don’t have railways in my country, let alone machines that sell tickets! (And I tell you more!
You should have seen my face in the drugstore making my first purchase on the machine!). In my very first travel, I ended up hidden in a south London borough being forced to take 2 trains a day sometimes even 3!
Nothing worse than not being able to communicate with others, language barriers can be a problem when travelling abroad. If you are not confident in any other language but your own, try to start with a country that speaks your language, it will make things easier for you.
In general we can consider English as the global language nowadays, but still, we need to bear in mind that not everybody speaks English, and even, it’s not in every country that English is such a spread and important language.
In South America and some countries of Asia, for example, it’s not so easy to find people who speak English. This doesn’t make the trip impossible, just a bit challenging.
Check our tips for learning a new language faster here.
Coming from a Third World Country I can totally assure you of how bad Third World Countries suck. We really do. Things don’t work the way they should, public services are sometimes precarious. Public transportation delay as hell, the quality of the service are at its worst. Sometimes the places are not so clean nor secure either.
I know how different a First World Country is, so that’s my 4th tip if you are a newbie, and still trying to build your confidence or if you were born and raised in a First World Country, do not pick Third World Countries as your first option.
Sometimes it can get pretty hard. Most of the time we don’t have undergrounds and buses don’t come and go every 5 minutes, they probably won’t take you everywhere you would like to go either. In general, these countries don’t have a well-established tourism scene and are unfortunately not so well prepared to receive backpackers.
This is just one small example of one of the reasons to don’t pick these countries at first. Is it a reason to never visit them? NO! They are a must, but let you get more experience until there.
Start with small periods of time
Travelling will change your routine from day to night, you will be in a different place, with people you don’t know, speaking a language that maybe is not yours. It is quite a change.
Before leaving your place, you don’t really know what to expect, you don’t really know how you will deal with the new place. It takes you out of your comfort zone and sometimes.
If you have mixed feelings and don’t feel totally comfortable with the idea of spending a long time without everything you knew as home since ever, book a small period. Instead of staying a month in your very first travel, stay one week or two.
You will have a good idea of how it is and how you act in this situation and will you have more secure with yourself the next time.
Choosing a companion
I admire people who manage to go on solo trips, I personally, have never tried. It demands a lot of courage to put on your backpack and go around the world like this. Although it might be a good experience, it is not something that everybody does.
If you don’t feel like travelling alone, try to find a good company to go with you, like a friend, a brother, father, mother.
A small tip here, try to bring someone who has a similar mind as you, who likes similar things and are up to travel at the same speed as you. It can be quite difficult to travel with someone else if you want A and the person wants B.