It’s better to look back at life and say: “I can’t believe I did that.” Than look back and say: “I wish I did that.”
There are too many reasons to count as to why people travel, some people travel to tick things off of their bucket lists, one by one. Some people travel for family, while some people travel to help others, and then there are those who have no interest in travelling at all.
My favourite quote was said by Dagobert D. Runes, and is ‘Cover the Earth, before it covers you.’ – this has only become more and more meaningful to me over the years. As you grow older, you begin to realise that time is of the essence – we don’t have an awful lot of it compared to the grand scheme of things, and the older you get, the faster time flies.
I have always had wanderlust, or a strong desire to travel. – There is a great big world out there, and I can’t think of anything worse, than being covered by the Earth before I get the chance to explore every corner of it, and swim in every single ocean.
I have been very fortunate as to have so many travel opportunities wander my way over the years, and to fund my healthy obsession, I chose none other than a job in the travel industry, where I can talk about destinations all day – but more importantly, learn more about them from my colleagues, customers and suppliers who I adore. If I can give you one mission, be it to go to at least one new destination every year, just one. Internationally or Domestically, by plane, car, train or boat – just do it.
Below, I have explained the things that ignite the fire that makes me so passionate about travelling.
Learning new things
You may have completed High school, or even a degree – but there are still so many things to learn that a book can’t teach you, but travelling can.
We are not guaranteed old age
Spending a load of money on a holiday is often combated with ‘building up a real life’ or ‘becoming an adult’ – I have met those who have told me that they are ‘saving it for retirement’ when they have the time and (hopefully) the money. If that is your dream – than go for it, but if I were to die before my retirement, or even in my 40’s, I would happily be able to say I was content with the amount of this beautiful Earth I stepped foot on, which leads me onto my next point.
Experiences are more valuable than things
It’s cliche, but it is true. That $30,000 car you’re about buy, thats going to be gone in 15 years time due to engine problems, and that gorgeous floral dress you just had to have, even with it’s large price tag – is going to be out of fashion in 2 months, and will never see outside your closet again, But – being one of the minority to see the northern lights, that will never go out of style, even sleeping on a train in Vietnam – while disgusting, it got you out of your comfort zone and you will never forget the locals you met and the lessons you learnt.
Learning to love yourself
This one is pretty self explanatory, when you travel, you are often left to your own devises. It is cliche when people say ‘learn to love yourself before anyone else can love you’ – but there are not many statements that are truer than this. Once in your life, go on a solo trip, take a book, catch a plane, navigate busy airports and bustling cities – with no ones company but your own. You will love yourself for it.
Allowing yourself to evolve
Like I mentioned in my above point, travelling helps you to find yourself, and love yourself – but it also guides you to discover your true passion. By exploring parts of the globe and experiencing things you have not yet seen, you are allowing yourself to evolve into a better version of you.
We occupy such a small little corner of the world, there is more out there than what we see in our day to day lives. Open your mind to new places, experiences, new people and even wildlife and you will gain perspective and appreciate where you come from that little bit (or a lot) more. Not everyone is as lucky as you are to be sitting in a warm bed reading this right now, get out there – and meet these people, experience their way of life. Leave behind your material objects and really delve yourself into the lives of others. As a westerner, we often take things like technology, clothing or even food for granted because they are so accessible to us. Opening your mind to other cultures will compel you to give back in a positive way and appreciate diversity.
In the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn.
Climb that goddamn mountain.