A lot of my friends always ask me: how do you do it? How can you travel so much? Well, the answer is simple – I make it my priority. Not everyone can travel of course, but if you’re from Europe like I am, chances are, you can. So when I decided to go to Vietnam, so many people contacted me and told me they really wanted to do it as well, BUT… I was hearing so many excuses that I decided to write this.
Stop making excuses – go to Vietnam! If that’s what you really want, you can make it happen. It’s not like I’m a millionaire or anything, quite the opposite actually. I didn’t have a lot of money when I first got the idea that I wanted to travel, so I had to find a job. I was working as a full time cleaner and it was quite frankly the toughest job I’ve had. I hated it but I told myself over and over again that this money would go to something fun in Vietnam. Back then, flight tickets weren’t as cheap as they are now, so I had to work hard. There were many days when I just wanted to quit, but if you’re really dedicated, you’ll make it.
For those who says that they can’t travel because they have obligations such as work. Take time off! Everyone’s obligated to vacation days so why not take the chance and go to Vietnam then? Or if you’re one of the many people who absolutely hates their job, why not quit? All jobs are replaceable and you will get a new job. In the meantime, enjoy traveling around in Vietnam and experience one of the most exciting countries in the world.
But okay, now you’ve quit your job, what to do with your apartment or house? Well, rent it out! If you live in a big city, you’ll most likely be able to find someone who wants to rent it for the period you want to be away. Otherwise, you can always ask your friends or family to take care of your apartment or house. Maybe you can even help a friend out by renting it out to her/him while you’re gone. Just don’t let it be the biggest excuse as to why you can’t travel, because if it is, then you’re not traveling because you’re not making it a priority.
We can make up tons of excuses as to why we can’t go traveling, and some can probably be justified, but if it’s truly what you want, you wouldn’t let anything get in the way. And Vietnam is one of those destinations that’s both easy to travel around in and easy to save up to because it’s a very affordable country. You don’t need to spend a lot of money there in order to enjoy everything the country has to offer. In fact, the best things are for free! You can relax in one of the many golden sand beaches, swim in crystal clear water, hike in the mountains, sit in a park and read a book, walk around the big cities and if order a beer for 50 cents. It’s not for free, but it sure feels like it! Vietnam also has also tons of beautiful national parks that you must visit such as Cat Ba National Park and Phong Nha Ke Bang, both incredibly stunning places where you must rent a motorbike and cruise around. If you’re in Cat Ba, don’t forget to visit Halong Bay as well, which is probably Vietnam’s most iconic place. Halong Bay is only about 180 km away from Hanoi and can be easily reached with public transport. The bay is home to thousands of limestone islands and islets that’s risen from the sea millions of years ago. It’s a beautiful natural wonder that’s best seen on a boat.
So, before you start making excuses saying you can’t travel, you most likely can. Start making it your priority and book your flight to Vietnam! It might feel scary in the beginning, but once you land, you’ll be so happy you did it. Because traveling is more than just about seeing a new country. It’s about getting to know the world, learning more about other people and about yourself, meeting new friends, tasting authentic food and test yourself. It’s the ultimate gift we can give ourselves.
Before you go to Vietnam, make sure you have your visa sorted! If you need a visa, you’ll have to see which types of visas you are eligible to apply to. There are three kinds of visas: Visa on Arrival, E-Visa or apply with the Vietnamese Embassy or Consulate. The former two are online visas and you can apply for them wherever you are in the world. However, if you’re going to cross Vietnam by land, you cannot enter with an online visa. You’ll have to go to your closest Vietnamese Embassy or Consulate and apply with them then.