Too expensive, too busy, too old/young… there’s always an excuse why you can’t travel, but there really shouldn’t be. Stop making excuses and see the world! Take a read and see if you’re guilty of using one of these excuses when you’ve been thinking of travelling or moving abroad.
1. Too expensive
Sometimes it feels like the only way to fund a trip abroad would be to turn to a life of crime, but you don’t need to rob any banks to become TEFL teacher and see the world. All you need to do is a TEFL course, and you’ll then be able to find paid work all over the world, with decent pay (we’re looking at you, the Middle East!); so when you think about it, it won’t take you long to get back the money you spent on your course and flights.
2. Fear of going alone
Going to another country can be daunting, we’re not going to deny that, but it’s also going to be one of the most amazing things you have ever done – so the nerves you initially had will be totally worth it. If you really don’t want to do it alone though then you don’t have to; there are supported programs available to you, like the internships to China, Vietnam and Thailand.
3. Work commitments
Be honest with yourself: do you actually enjoy your job? Are you really passionate about it or does it just pay your bills? Thought so. If that’s the case then why stay in a job you hate when you could be seeing the world. You don’t want to have any regrets in life do you?
4. Not the right time
Then you should make it the right time. If you convince yourself it’s not the right time in your life then in all likeliness you’ll never end up going. When else in your life are you going to have as little commitments as you do now?!
5. Too much effort
Effort?! What effort?! If you use this excuse, there is no doubt about it that you’ll regret for the rest of your life not moving abroad because it required ‘too much effort’. Anyway, it’s not as if it’s that big an effort if you decide to teach overseas – book a space on an internship for full support.
6. Worried about living in another country
It’s only natural to have be nervous about travelling and moving abroad (being lonely, not being able to communicate with the locals or hating the food), but you should face your fears! Lonely? You’ll meet loads of new people and you’ll make lots of wonderful friends. Can’t communicate? Learn just a few phrases before you go and things will be so much easier. Oh, and get a phrasebook! Not a fan of the food? There will be something out there that you like and if not there is always some Western food to fall back on.
7. You’ll miss your friends and family
Of course you’ll miss your friends and family – that’s only normal. But with the wonders of the internet, no matter where you go, they’re only a Skype call away. Plus, it’s really easy to make lots of new friends when you’re traveling, especially if you’re teaching abroad.
8. Too young/old
Age is just a number, it really shouldn’t stop you following your dreams. If you think you’re too young to travel… you’re not. If you work while you travel, you’ll be gaining great work experience which will be invaluable to you in later life. Conversely, if you think you’re too old… again you’re not. We know people in their 70s who have taught abroad so if the travel bug’s bitten you late in life, don’t let your age hold you back!
So are you ready to stop making lame excuses and get out there and go see the world?!