Everyone is different. This article might not be for you. Or, my upcoming pint-sized drill sergeant spiel might be everything you’ve been dying to hear.
Finally, someone’s going to say it.
Why aren’t you traveling?
Let’s be practical here; let’s make feasible goals. I give you one year to go travel. Six months if you’re an over-achiever. The question at hand is not why aren’t you traveling this minute, it’s why aren’t you traveling in the near future?
It was a Saturday night, and I was working when my friend in Shanghai Facetimed me at 11pm. He was drinking gin and tonic from his balcony and wanted to engage me in drunken philosophical conversation. Flashback to UCLA’s ZBT. Yeah, you drinking philosophers; you know I love you.
He wanted to know WHY NOT NOW? Why do we make goals to start later? Why do we set New Year’s Resolutions. Why do we need an event, a person – – a DEADLINE – – to make our dreams into goals.
I guess I couldn’t answer his questions because I’ve always been a “why not” kind of girl. If there’s a logical reason why I shouldn’t do something, I probably won’t. But if there are more reasons to do something than there are to not, I’m going to do it.
All self-discipline aside, it’s really about how much we want something (insert travel), and what we are willing to give up to get what we want (insert travel).
Here are your five excuses:
1. “I can’t afford to travel.”
Really? Because I met a few eighteen year old German-Ukranian Au Pairs living and traveling in Australia to practice their English before going to university; they half hosteled, half CAMPED. I’ve met people getting by through CouchSurfing, and people who put careers on Wall Street or investment banking on hold to work in SE Asia as tour guides.
I gave up my car, my apartment, and a dream career. What are you willing to put on hold?