Why not travel?

Excuses

QuestionsIt’s too expensive

Traveling doesn’t have to be expensive.
You can make it as expensive as you want it to be!

  • Get in saving mode – SAVE SAVE SAVE
    • Do you really need an extra lamp or a new laptop or that cute little dress?
    • Do you really NEED this get back to basics and.
  • Work and Travel
    • You can’t wait until the time you’ve saved enough to go travel.
      No worries do 2 things at the same time.
      Check this out.
  • Couchsurfing
    • Couchsurfing is a virtual community developed to connect like-minded travelers. The website provides a platform for members to “surf” on couches by staying as a guest at a host’s home, host travelers, or join an event.

It’s too dangerous

  • Compare and view from a distant perspective
    How dangerous is it really compared to your hometown?
    Since robberies and shootings happen all over the world and I’ve never heard it was SAFE to walk alone on the streets anywhere.

LonelyI don’t have anyone to go with

  • Join an organized tour
  • Join like-minded people on special organized tours for people who are in the same situation as you are: Contiki,
  • Search for like-minded partners on the internet
  • Go Solo
  • Traveling Solo is HOT since it gives you so many positive benefits!
    You’ll meet other solo travelers, you’ll only do what you want without any discussion.
  • Go study
    You’ll meet plenty off people in your class

I have a boyfriend

Convince him
It would surprise me if you couldn’t convince your boyfriend of your passion, your heart and soul

Travel solo
Go travel solo your boyfriend surely doesn’t want for you to regret not realizing your dream YOLO!

Old rusty carI’m too old

You are only as old as you let yourself believe!

Times have changed and you are only as old as you feel!

You FEEL young ACT young and enjoy life and all its perks, you are never too old!

I’m too young

There’s an expression that says young taught is old done! 🙂

Go study abroad!

For under aged people there’ s still plenty of opportunities to go travel.
Stay with a host family
Whether it’s an exchange program, a language course or anything else there are plenty of options out there…. Trust me 😀

success
It will affect my career 

  • Boost your CV
    Traveling doesn’t have to be a bad factor on your CV it can boost your CV, it shows your independent, responsible and flexible and these are just a few of the main points.
  • Look for a job abroad!
    Take your Career on another level, everybody will admire you for the extend of your courage.

I don’t have time

Take Sabbatical / Leave without pay
This will not affect your career since the job you have will still be there when you return!

I’ll travel One Day

I might sound as a bumper sticker but there might not be a tomorrow. Trust me no matter how careful and how many precautions you take you never know what tomorrow brings. Postponing is just another word for giving up.

communicationI don’t speak the language

Find a country where they do speak your language!
Install a dictionary/language App

There’s nowhere I really want to go

You just need some inspiration no worries. Nobody has ever gotten more stupid because of traveling…. It opens your eyes…. Let yourself be amazed and inspired…

I hate planning trips

Don’t plan

  • Go on instincts and take a travel guide
  • Take an organized trip

MortgageI have a mortgage

Rent your house out, Swap your house!

I have kids

Take them with you – kids go free!

Have you noticed that people tend to come up with more excuses not to go… than to go!

 

Street dogs and cats in Istanbul

What’s the deal with all these cats and dogs?

Cats and dogs are beloved pets all over the world. However in Istanbul it’s seems the streets are full of  street dogs and cats.

Cat food is widely distributed along the street curbs and dog and cat houses are found at shop entrances. These animals don’t look ill at all…. nor malnourished.

Have you noticed any dogs in Istanbul?

The dogs always remind me of that old Disney movie “Lady and the tramp” . These tramp lookalikes just wander around. Most of them just hang or lay around and look completely harmless. But be aware they are not your usual mini maltezer size. These big dogs are more Labrador lookalikes.

Scared of dogs?

Don’t worry,  if they have a plastig tag in their ear, they’ve been vaccinated for rabies. If they bite you. “You’ll be all fine”.

Dogs begging for Food?

There’s plenty of meat literally hanging and spinning around.  Every street corner has a Doner and Durum shop. I am sure the tramp  of “Lady and the tramp” would have set his eyes on that juicy meat. These dogs seem too relaxed to even glance at it.

My experience

Today one of my last days. I saw a shop attendant chase a dog with his broom.
When I got there the dog was outside the shop. Shaking his tale. Sticking his tongue out.
Looking for a way back inside.
I wish I could have taken a seat and just watch this spectacle.  This dog clearly wasn’t given in…. Who would win? Would the shop attendant get food for the dog to make sure he stays outside?
Shop attendants often try to sell you a spot or a product especially in Turkey. The shop attendant tried to seduice the dog to a spot in the corner outside.
The dog just looked at the shop attendant as if he was insane. Funny because that’s how I sometimes respond aswell…. I mean lunch/diner at 16.00 ?

So who won in the end…

Pets?

Some of them seem to be hanging very often in the exact same place, making me wonder:

Are they really street dogs?

I’ll leave you to be the judge of that.

Cats are different

Cat in the street

 

Street cats seem to be Lady like they are from a royal breed.
Nothing like the underdog tramp lookalikes. They take pride in their appearance and are not scared of people.

 

 

 

Cat inbetween shoes

 

Pet cats are frequently welcoming you at shop entrances or even displaying in the window shop or even part of the displayed decor.
Cats are truly adored in this city!

 

Do you have  any stories about these street cats or dogs? I would love to hear about them.