Whenever people ask “what is one thing you’ve always wanted to do?”, many of us are guilty of listing “travel more” amongst the most popular answers. And yet not many people actively work to make it happen… Why is that?
Popular answers include: “I don’t have the money to”, “I already used my vacation days to stay at home”, or “I have too much going on”. Valid as these excuses may be, it narrows down to these three things:
- Priority: You don’t think it’s important enough.
- Fear: You don’t think you can do it, either leave your comfort zone or you’re too scared of what’s out there
- Lack of motivation: You don’t think you can do it.
Traveling is one of the best things you can do to learn more about the world and yourself! You’re able to meet other enthusiastic travelers, interesting locals, and hear about their adventures. You are able to learn from their mistakes, listen to their advice, and see what kind of crazy things you want to try out for yourself! It opens you to a whole new world, full of new discoveries and realizations.
Everyone travels differently. Some of us like to go on vacations, some travel for business, while others like to backpack, hike, and stay at hostels. All are valid and based on personal preferences. I simply prefer the latter, however, I will encourage you to try both, mix and match, and figure out what works for you. I’m not saying I expect you to go buy the first flight out of the country and hitchhike your way through South America. As impressive as that sounds, I understand that’s not for everyone.
What I would love to do is to inspire you to do what you’ve always said you wanted to do! To go out, explore the world, eat the food, meet the people and find yourself along the way! Then come back and tell me all about it.
Need some motivation? Here are some videos to kickstart your wanderlust!
The Jubilee Project‘s short film Grounded
Buzzfeed‘s 21 Amazing Time Lapses That Will Make You Want to Travel
Buzzfeed‘s Facts That Will Make You Want to Travel
CaseyNeistat‘s Make It Count Video, sponsored by Nike
You can also check out more these Ted talks that’s sure guaranteed to give you wanderlust!
Here’s a resource that can help you as well!
More travel ideas/destinations:
- Distractify’s Rather Unknown But Really Special Places on Earth
- Distractify’s 36 Countries, 600 days, and One Epic Selfie
- The Monsoon Diaries (you might see me on there from our trip to Spain, Gibraltar, and Morocco please excuse how I look, I don’t like to wear makeup or look decent on my trips. For me, it’s all about the destination, not myself)
UPDATE: This is a repost from an article published on Jun 9, 2014.
Traveling is a great way to discover yourself, learn about others, and the world around you. If you have the opportunity and privilege to, I highly recommend it. If you don’t however, it’s ok! If it’s really important to you, do your best to plan a great adventure for yourself and be proactive to make it happen! A few things that helped me were saving strategies, coordinating group trips, researching great deals, and trying different methods of traveling (vacation vs backpacking or both!) to see what worked best for you. If you can’t due to life circumstances, it’s ok, don’t feel guilty! Plan it for the near future and don’t give up!
If you have the privilege to travel, that’s great! Word of advice: don’t make others feel guilty for not being able to. Feel free to help them but understand that their priorities may differ from your own. Don’t be a meanie, example: