The world is yours to travel. But you barely push your butt out of the chair.
Peek into your bucket list and it is sure to have some dozen travel spots around the globe. But you squash the travel bug when it bites.
Why don’t we travel more? Maybe, it is about the money. Or, could it be our fear of stepping outside our comfort zone? For most of us, it is that old excuse: “I don’t have the time today. I will travel tomorrow.”
Throw out the excuse. With the right mindset (and a few travel tips), you don’t need too much money, too much courage, or too much time. Just realize that we are programmed to learn new things in life. And travel is the shortest route to get there.
In our continuing series on Udemy courses, let’s pick five “experiences” that will help you get on that plane to travel a few miles away from your home — and give us a chance to learn a few skills in the process.
Key Lesson: Practical tips on how to travel with confidence and without stress.
Travel can help you shake off stress but it can also contribute to it. Stress arrives from multiple directions. From worrying about a packing list to the fear of losing your passport. But there are many pre-emptive steps you can take to minimize your travel anxieties and this course packs all the advice in.
The 23-page travel cheatsheet is worth the price of admission alone. This is not a “travel hacking” course in the true sense of the word, but it is a digest of practical strategies you can implement on the road. Pay special attention to the module which covers travel safety with tips like “the power of secret pockets”.
Key Lesson: How to earn free flights with credit card travel rewards.
Is travel hacking hard? For me, it is a game of patience and number wizardry. I don’t have either. But for all intents, earning free air miles is all about picking the right credit cards and then carefully maximizing the benefits. There are many experts and blogs devoted to this “side hobby” but Daniel Stanford packs it in a one-hour course.
There are two limitations for this course: It is meant for U.S. residents only as the credit card programs at the crux of the bargains are U.S. specific. You can always take these tips and make them work for you with local research. But beyond that, Daniel dispels some common travel hacking myths and shows how you can travel cheaply around the world by making airline miles pay for most of it.
Key Lesson: Discover ideas for freelance careers that are location independent.
Imagine cruising down the Nile River in Egypt, while working on a pet project for a well-paying client. That’s the dream Scott Patton and Ricky Shetty want us to imagine. It isn’t far-fetched as digital nomads are a huge international tribe now. All you need is a laptop and an internet connection. And yes, that dream.
The two-hour course can be a catalyst to break free from the cubicle. It shows you step by step how to start an independent business. Ideas covered include video coaching, teaching ESL, and group coaching among other things. You may want to start small in your spare time, at home, or just decide to pack and travel the world after you take their advice.
Key Lesson: Learn how to write professional quality travel stories fit for publication.
You can go around the world while writing about our travels. If you like the craft of writing and yearn to travel, then this course could be the ticket to that first attempt. It’s not easy to breakthrough as a travel writer. But Dave Fox has some useful tips.
He is a travel writer and a humor coach who loves to teach. You can spot the same eye for stories on his own travel blog. The course covers the nitty-gritty of telling travel stories and not merely recording a travelogue. The 3.5 hours of instruction also goes into the different methods for pitching stories to editors.
Key Lesson: How to be an inspired travel photographer.
Writing is one way of documenting your travels. Photography is another. And perhaps, the more popular option thanks to smartphones and Instagram filters. We have covered a few photography courses on Udemy but this one is tailored for the modern pilgrim.
Speaking to locals before you photograph them is a social skill you can learn. Five hours of video will take you through the basics but also teach you the right approach to photograph locals and how to travel safely with your photography equipment.
Begin With a Single Step
That’s how every journey starts. A single step outside the door. You don’t need a course to travel, but the tips here can push you towards the great outdoors and return with more confidence. Maybe, these courses will inspire you to see that there’s more to travel than buying a plane ticket.
Pick one course and tell us how it helped you in your travel plans. Remember, every paid course on Udemy comes with:
- Lifetime access.
- 30-day money-back guarantee.
- Certificate of completion.
Do you prefer to be a tourist or a wandering traveler? Have you tried travel hacking or any other smart strategy to trot around the globe?