I want to travel the world! – every young person ever.
If you asked any person you know right now, what’s the first thing they will do once they “make it” or make huge sums of money, they will inevitably say “I will travel the world!”
Well, I’m here to say – you don’t have to wait till you reach the imaginary finish line, because there isn’t one.
Most people don’t travel because they think that travelling costs a tonne and that they need to get all their ducks in a row in order to do it. But that is just not the case.
Like most dreams, it’s not as easy as people think it is and it’s not as difficult as people think it is either.
It’s really a matter of priority and a matter of planning.
For the longest time, I thought about travelling and never made plans to do any of it.
But now, times have changed and mark my words – I will be in a foreign country for a least a week during Q3 of 2018.
Now, I’m not saying it’s easy to travel.
You have to get your affairs and finances in order to pull it off well.
Some may have money problems and some may have commitments.
But I don’t blame them.
But if it’s something you always wanted to do, find a way to make it happen at least once.
I decided to move my ass after reading a simple story:
Rolf Potts, author of Vagabonding, reflected once on the story of his grandpa who worked all his life to retire to travel but his wife had cancer and he had to look after her till his last days.
What this taught him was that you can’t wait till the time is right —you have to make time for the things you want to do in life.
And this goes for anything (especially those things you wish to do after you “make it”) e.g. writing a book, teaching, charity, painting, skydive.
Believe it or not – most of these things cost more time than money. Anybody with enough time and mindset can get the above done (okay, maybe not skydive) in their 20’s if they wanted to (and many have!)
And there was another thing that baffled Rolf:
If you watched the movie Wall Street, there was a scene where Charlie Sheen says after he makes his millions, he will go ride around China on a motorbike.
Rolf was like:
… Dude, you can work as an office clerk, save up 5 figures in a year, and you can ride till the rental breaks down.
Don’t let these arbitrary societal wait-till-the-end fantasies to stop you from doing what you want to do now.
Here’s a great question posed by Tim Ferriss, author of the game changing book The Four Hour Work Week.
What would you do if you couldn’t retire?
Seriously though, take some time to really think about this question.
I’m guessing you wouldn’t delay your “made-it” goals and you would try to experience it now as a lifestyle instead of one-off event.
Now some of you may think why I distinguish travelling and vacations.
The way I see it –
Travelling is a way of life, like how I enjoy reading and writing.
A vacation is an end, like publishing a book or finishing a painting.
I see travelling as something I would be doing long term and part of my lifestyle instead of some reward at the end of the tunnel.
Subtle, but different.