“You’re SO lucky that you get to travel the world!”
“Not everyone can just drop what they’re doing and hop on a plane like you do.”
“I want to some day, but I haven’t had the chance to travel.”
If I got a dollar for every time I heard these sayings in one form or another, I’d have a plane ticket to Bora Bora bought and paid for!
Everyone has an excuse for not traveling. Many even have animosity towards me for doing all of the traveling that I do. I sense the negative vibe in their tone and how they say things like, “We all aren’t you, Will. We cannot just up and leave.”
Well guess what? YOU CHOOSE TO NOT BE LIKE ME! There, I said it! Better yet,
YOU CHOOSE NOT TO TRAVEL THE WORLD!
Here is the thing, people, it really is easy to travel. You just have to want to travel. You have to want to travel more than you want that big screen TV. You have to want to travel more than you want that new carpet. You have to want to travel more than you want to spoil your children with lavish Christmas and birthday gifts. You have to actually WANT to travel.
We all make decision about what is more important to us. To some people, new carpet is more important that a trip to the Guatemalan rainforest. To some people, a 60” TV is more important that a trip to Germany to experience the Weihnachtsmarkt (Christmas Market). Guess what, that’s OK. It really is, but, I am tired of hearing that you can never get the money to go on a trip that’s worthwhile. The truth of the matter is that I also want a 60” TV. I want a new car. (Especially since I just sold mine to move to Brazil.) But I want to travel MORE! I choose to travel over those other things.
I make dedicated decisions on where I work (so I can have time to go off and wander), what I buy, what I save money for, and what I do with my saved money.
I choose to travel the world.
So, when you think that you don’t have time or money to be like that person that you’re jealous of, the one who always seems to be going somewhere cool, remember that it is because of your decisions that you are at home. You’re actively choosing other things in life over traveling. If you really wanted to do it, you would!
Tip: If you have an opportunity presented to you that sounds worthwhile, take it! Figure out everything else afterwards. Don’t let life’s opportunities continue to pass you by. It’s better to end the day with experiences than it is to end the day with regrets.