Is there a perfect time to travel? I get asked this question a lot and the answer is no. That’s why you should take any chance you have and make the most of it. I am sure you wondered more than once how some people manage to travel a lot even if their life is similar to yours? They don’t earn more than you, don’t have more time in their hands or less obligations. Well, it’s simple. They just live everyday with a golden rule in mind: Carpe Diem!
I’ve seen many times people complaining that they don’t travel enough. They never have time, something always comes up and money is always a problem. I know what it’s like because I’ve been one of them. Although my dream has always been to travel the world, many times I’ve lost important opportunities because I was good at making excuses. Tomorrow seemed like a better idea, because I thought that tomorrow I’ll have it all figured out. Truth is, time passed and regrets piled up. So here’s what I’ve learned over the years.
Money will always be a problem
You feel like today you don’t have enough money and you keep postponing your vacation, waiting for things to change? It’s maybe the most common thought, but it leads nowhere. You don’t need a large amount of money to see the world, you just have to be willing to find alternatives and make compromises. Look for cheaper accommodation, make early reservations, buy a vacation package… the possibilities are almost endless.
Time is a limited resource
I know, you have a busy life, but that doesn’t have to stop you. Organizing and prioritizing your schedule will help you find time to travel. Make the most out of the weekend time, holidays and take advantage of any legal day off. When you’re short on time, try to be on the move as much as you can. Do your research, find the sights that you’re interested in, choose a route that best connects the dots and don’t stay in one place more that necessary.
Don’t do it alone
You’re afraid your friends and family will feel neglected if you travel too often? Take them with you whenever you can! Once you have a destination in mind, find people around you that might be interested in it. Travelling is a great way of making memories and bonding with your loved ones. Even if they won’t be as enthusiastic as you are about travelling, keep in mind that everyone is entitled to their own dreams and passions. Let them follow theirs, but at the same time don’t give up on yours!
Write your own story
Think about it: if your life up until now would be a novel, would it be a best seller? Would you be interested in reading that book? If the answer is no, then there’s a problem, but travelling will change that. Be adventurous, spontaneous, successful! Don’t let anyone get you down because you don’t live by their rules. Make time to travel, write your own story, choose your own character, improve everyday and try to make a difference in the world!
While travelling, you get to do many awesome things. Unless fear takes over. Don’t get me wrong, it’s ok to feel fear, it’s an instinct that kept us safe through millions of years, but sometimes you need to let go. Think of all the experiences you will miss in this life because of fear: you won’t climb that mountain peak you wanted, you won’t explore that cave that you found by accident, you won’t go to a safari and the list can go on. Be positive, take chances, make decisions and create unforgettable memories.
Time to travel
Now it’s time to make your dreams come true. You have the right to be happy but you need to put effort in order to make it happen. Remember: We travel not to escape life, but the life not to escape us.