5 common moving abroad doubts, and how they’re wrong

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This article was created for The Travel Project by Hayley Jones, originally South African but currently living in London with her boyfriend while they pursue their dreams to travel.

It can take weeks, months or even years to work up the courage to quit your job and travel. But in the end, all that matters is that you take the chance. Having these 5 doubts? Here's how you can get over them...

Fear of failing

This is probably the number one concern for everyone that wants to travel. The thought of quitting your job, packing up your things and moving abroad only to return home a few weeks or months later because things didn’t work out is terrifying! But don’t over think it. The truth is the timing will never be right, and it’s only going to get more difficult over time when you start a family, own a house and have ‘real’ adult responsibilities. Even if it doesn’t work out the way you expected it to and you end up returning home sooner than anticipated, the experience you would have gained is life changing.

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FOMO – Fear of missing out

As exciting as the prospect of travelling the world sounds there’s a little part of you that thinks about what you will be missing out on back home. Birthdays, engagements, weddings, babies or even just the usual get together with friends and families. I must admit, this was a daunting thought for me – and to some degree I’m still struggling with it. Life will go on as normal when you leave, but home is always going to be there. And you can always go back for the ‘big events’ whenever you feel like it.

Money worries

Travelling is more affordable than you think and there are many ways to make money along the way. It’s all about sacrifice. Sure, it would be great to stay in the 5 star hotel in Paris or live in the 2 bedroom flat in central London, but this would mean less travel and less savings for the future. It’s a good idea to make yourself a weekly or monthly financial plan and stick to a budget. Set aside an amount that you want to have for travel, an amount for savings and the rest to cover your expenses and extra spending money and make it work!

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Fear of change

I think sometimes it’s easier for us to stay where it’s comfortable, safe and familiar. If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that with change comes risk, sacrifice and challenge but once you defy your fear of change you will find freedom, growth, strength, bravery and peace in everything that you do. You will find something far more spectacular than you ever could have imagined.

Fear of the unknown

Years will go by before you realise all the chances you should have taken but were too afraid to. Travelling isn’t easy, it’s unpredictable and uncomfortable at times but it’s also the most exhilarating experience. Sometimes we become so comfortable in our daily lives and allow the fear of the unknown to take control. Taking chances is scary but if you take them, you will never regret your choice. What you will regret is missed opportunities!

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