I’ve been to a couple of places and learned a few things through my travels over the years and I figured why keep all that wisdom to myself? If you’re going to carry some Saddleback Leather, why not take it on some great trips, which leads me to my first travel tip – conquer your fears. I’ve noticed a lot of people won’t travel because they are afraid of the unknown or worried about things they’ve read or heard. There are times that people should be cautious, but in my experience, most of the things people worry about amount to nothing.
First let’s talk about things you’ve read or heard. For example, sometimes the State Department will post a travel advisory for a country that says something like “travel not advised.” However, when I go, there are just tons of tourists everywhere. I figure they had to issue the advisory because some Islamic Militant group was seen somewhere in that country, but despite the warning you’re totally safe. My uncle was telling me a story about when he was in Indonesia. He said he would talk to people and ask them if they have ever been to America and they would say “no way, we would never go to America – people in Detroit drag strangers behind their cars for no reason, and the gangs in L.A. will shoot you for no reason!” He asked them “so, because of the violence in L.A. and Detroit you won’t visit Texas?” So you see, people do that all the time – they let a fear of things they’ve read or heard keep them from travelling even if it’s silly.
Then sometimes I’ll see people avoid travelling because of the unknown. I’ve seen people do this a lot when they go to Rwanda with us on mission trips. They worry before they go, but after the first couple of days they finally say “so this is it? It’s really not that bad here!” On one of our trips there was a guy who was a hard-core prepper here in the US and he took a staff with him, which he said he was taking because he couldn’t take his gun. He told me “I’ll be able to take the bad guys out with my staff because they’re fast and little.” After day five or so, he was embarrassed that he had even brought it. Another big obstacle is when people won’t travel somewhere because they assume they won’t be able to drive when they get there. Once they finally go and they see some little old lady driving down the road they say “oh, I guess it’s not that bad after all.”
So you see, people miss out on a lot of cool places because they don’t know a lot about it or they’ve heard stuff and therefore they just won’t go. Well, take it from me – you’re really missing out! It’s funny, I’ve found it’s a lot like snakes … they’re more afraid of us than we are of them. My advice is just put those fears aside, pick someplace you’ve always wanted to go and just do it!