So, we all have dreamed of traveling around the world at one point. It seems like a huge and scary task isn’t? We see and read tons of travel blogs on the internet, watched countless YouTube videos about traveling, or heard from a friend how great this country is. They make it sound amazing and easy to do. How come many of us are still stuck behind that computer screen daydreaming that one day we’ll get to do what these travelers do? What’s holding us back from traveling?
Truth is, I don’t have an answer to that. I don’t know if there are any answers to those questions. I don’t think I’ve traveled enough to give you guys a conclusive answer to that, but what I know is from my own personal experience, I took that boat and caught the wind with my sails, even if I have to travel solo. Whether you’re a woman or a man, whether you’re rich or poor, whether your boss keeps denying your vacation requests or don’t have enough vacation days, whether you’re single or married with kids. Might not be the same experiences, but there’s a way for us to travel, somehow. There’s always an opportunity out there that you can create to sustain what you want to do. It’s in your own mentality. Either you travel or you don’t. It’s your own choice.
Let’s face it, life is stressful. It feels like we are stuck on a train track. Go to high school => go to college => get a job => get stuck in the 9-5’s that only provides maybe at most two to three weeks of vacation per year and retire. Working to pay the bills, stuck in traffic every morning on our commute, relationship problems, friend problems, work problems and etc. They all amount to a huge landfill that stress us out, cause anxiety, make us feel depressed and lonely. Does not sound appetizing, isn’t? Many of us work for retirement or dreamed of retiring early. That ideal time where we’re supposed to just sit back and enjoy the rest of the time we have. We do what we want and not do what we have to do. However, by the time we get to retirement, we are old. That breaks the deal for me I think. Traveling at a young age is different from traveling at an old age. Life is different, we can’t do what we wanted when we were younger. We might get sick, or we might not get to retirement. Many of us put our dreams for a future that may never come. Why not start early? Why not deviate away from your usual track? We can’t extend our lives with an easy button. Traveling, it’s like a little time-out from life. Just like when we were kids when we do something bad there’s a designated place for us to go to for a certain amount of time, but my adult version of a time-out is traveling. I travel because I want to escape, I want to learn, I want to see a different perspective, I want to create a different pattern in my life, I want to create new friendships, and so on. Whether you’re going for a day, a weekend, a month, a year, or however long you want to travel to, getting out there doing something different is better than doing nothing. Another way I put traveling is…I think traveling is one of the few things I buy that makes me richer. Seriously think about it though, when you travel you’re stuck in a new environment out of your daily routine. New people, new sounds, new culture, there are lots of places to go and there are lots of people to meet! You can do whatever you want (legally and respecting the culture, of course, ha) and isn’t that one of the best things you can do to relieve your stress? Traveling does not have to be expensive, what you see online, the advertisements, your travel agency are all exaggerated and jacked up in prices. They look fancy, but I am pretty sure most of the places advertised are not worth the price they’re asking for. You’re basically paying for their photoshopped images. Travel planning can be done with your own time for a fraction of the cost.
So, when is the best time to travel? It’s the time when you think of a place that you want to go to, and you just go and do it. What’s waiting for you on that side is probably something that you don’t want to miss out on. For sure, I know that’s what I’ll be doing!