By Emily Hein
There’s something about traveling that is so important, it’s impossible to travel without it. It’s not a toothbrush; it’s not a boarding pass; it’s not even your I.D. It’s actually an action: the act of leaving. Travelle’s definition of travel is simply getting from point A to point B, and that can’t be done without leaving one place to get to another. Leaving usually has a negative connotation associated with it, and rightfully so - you're saying sayonara to wonderful places, memories, and people. However, there’s a positive side to leaving as well. Travelle is here to get you excited to leave, even if you’re leaving the greatest place in the world.
One of the reasons why so many people struggle leaving is due to FOMO. Essentially, FOMO is that little feeling that life will go on without you. Your friends will make new memories and you won’t be there to witness them. It basically feels like everyone is having fun without you and they don’t even care that you’re not there. In other words, it’s the worst feeling ever. We’re not going to sugarcoat that for you. FOMO is awful, and we understand why it would keep you from traveling to even the greatest of places. However, FOMO is something that everyone has a tendency to dramatize (Travelle staff included!). Yes, your friends will have some fun. Yes, their lives will go on without you. You can’t let that get you down, though, because you’ll be making exciting new memories during your travels! Plus, your besties will always love you, even if that’s hard to remember sometimes. You can’t let the fear of missing out make you miss out on an exciting trip! When you get back, you can show everyone pictures of how much fun you had, and everything will be just fine.
When traveling somewhere, it never helps that stepping out of your comfort zone is one of the hardest things you can do. We’ve all felt that urge to cancel our flight and just curl up in bed instead. There is so much that this world has to offer, and unfortunately, some of us only get to see a small fraction of it. If you’re a lucky one that gets the opportunity to travel, put how lucky you are into perspective! It’s easy to get caught up in your daily routine, but just remember this: by breaking out of that mold, you are seizing the opportunity to enjoy completely new experiences in a unique and fun place that you’ve possibly never even seen before. New foods, new attractions, new people – it’s all there! Submerse yourself in that culture and completely embrace it. Soon enough, you’ll completely forget why you even wanted to stay in your bed!
Another plus of traveling in this generation is that we can take full advantage of the technology offered to us. Between calling, texting, video chatting, and every social media site, it’s almost impossible not to keep in touch with family and friends. Even if you’re leaving to travel across the world (with a lovely 6-hour time difference attached), it’s still possible to squeeze in a phone call here and there – we promise! We know that it’s not the same as an in person reunion, but that’ll make the day you return that much more exciting. You’ll come armed with plenty of pictures and stories to share, and it will almost feel like you brought your family and friends along with you. Nothing beats the feeling of reconnecting with someone, whether it’s been 6 days or 6 months. You can’t experience that feeling if you never leave home, so get going!
Leaving doesn’t always have to be a negative point of traveling. In fact, it can be a pretty positive one in the long run. Take full advantage of what you’ll be gaining at point B, simply by leaving point A. After all, if no one ever left to travel anywhere, Travelle wouldn’t even exist! Your family and friends are only a phone call away, and we promise that FOMO is 100% recoverable. So, the next time you board your flight, don’t say goodbye – say hello to a world of new experiences!