Why should you not take too long to decide to travel? Simple, because those who do usually end up not doing it ever. The obstacles perceived today will be substituted by other obstacles just when you thought you are prepared to travel.
The Early Obstacles to Traveling
The usual obstacles experienced by potential travelers during the early stages of their life have much to do with practical and daily issues of life. These would include lack of travel funds, work commitments, and family obligations. These are real reasons and it would be very risky to ignore them for the sole purpose of traveling.
However, there are ways around these obstacles although some will be more difficult than others. Lack of travel funds can be resolved by saving a specific amount each month to finance a dream travel on a target date. Work commitments can be settled long before the trip by making sure that you have enough vacation leave credits to use or at least have finished prior commitments before taking a leave.
Travelers with family will have two choices. It is either they save enough for the whole family so no one will be left behind or they make previous and safe arrangements for those that will be left behind. Family trips are exceptional times to bond so the first option is highly recommended. There are times however that couples will want to go on an intimate travel without the kids. Solo traveling may also be an option. These can all be arranged when desired.
The Later Obstacles to Traveling
Presuming that older travelers have provided sufficiently for their retirement and they have the funds to travel, it is possible that they may be prevented by poor state of health. Older people are more susceptible to sicknesses, acute or developed through the years. If a person intends to travel extensively in later life, he or she must make a conscious effort to take care of his or her health.
Another possibility is that people may find themselves more strapped for cash than ever before when they are no longer gainfully employed. This is especially so for those who have not made adequate preparations for retirement or loss of job. It is never really too late to travel and age must not be an impediment. We just need to take care that our body will still be able when our spirits are soaring for travel.