For some people it can be a life changing opportunity and the best experience of their lives and will leave an everlasting positive effect on who they are as a person and help them to clarify what it is in life. (I’m hoping for this to be me!). But this doesn’t necessarily mean everyone will take the same journey. Many may still want to travel but not in the same manner as me. A year can seem a long way to be away from home, and may not be what they want. I have friends who have no desire whatsoever to live in hostels and put their bag into a rucksack and prefer the comforts of home. This seems strange to me, but I guess what I say must equally seem strange to them.
I hope from this article you may take the time to think and clarify exactly why you want to travel, what it is you would like to accomplish and to give you a clearer mind-set of what your journey may be. Please note, this is completely my opinion and the way I find it useful to approach this question. I’d be interested to hear your thoughts, and maybe it might just help someone
e.g. … Always thought you’d accomplish more … Hate your job …no family or friends near you … something has happened and made you deeply and happy … you haven’t pushed yourself enough yet
e.g … Earn £50,000 … Work from home/on the road … Have a family in 5 years … Be happy! … Meet 10 new people in the next 2 weeks … This really can be anything that you think is realistically achievable and that would help fill that difference between happiness and frustration discussed in step 1.
(They don’t have to solve every problem but this is more to give you a taster for some of the reasons people like to travel)
· Freeing yourself from the world around you
· A chance to start over (leave the past behind)
· Meeting and experiencing new cultures and beliefs, and ways of living
· Discover new and exciting places to live and work (or not one specific destination – just like us!)
· To take a break
· Seeing parts of the world before you are more limited by chia family and a house
- Helping you realise better who you want to be as a person
I fear slipping into the routine of a 9-5 job
I want my own permanent freedom to make my own decisions
I am uncertain as to how I will make money and what my career will be precisely
I am scared to commit to things long term in fear that will disrupt me being able to do everything I want while I’m young
I have a great friendship group, family and relationship
I’ve had the opportunity to go to university and experience freedom on my own
I am fit and healthy and have great aspirations for my future
What are the reasons for this difference:
I don’t feel like I have seen enough of the world as of yet
I’m scared i will slip into a lifestyle whereby I can’t just up and leave at a moments notice (i love my flexibility in this area)
I feel like I’m meant for more, but in my current situation I don’t feel like I can reach that potential
Again, i just wanted to reiterate that travelling isn’t for everyone and I am not trying to say that i think everyone should do it. But for those of you who have an incline it may be the right thing to do and who are keen to get away then i say “DO IT!” Why not while you have the chance!
I encourage you to share your thoughts below, and thank you for reading.