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Nine Reasons To Travel

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  1. Challenges: to participate in a competitive or difficult situation which requires the conquering of obstacles

You should always challenge yourself.

It’s great to be in a position where you have a secure life. An enjoyable job, a nice place to live and an active social life are not to be underappreciated. But where’s the challenge?

I personally feel the need for something that pushes me, challenges my mind and body and pushes me outside my comfort zone. Travelling will provide that challenge and so much more.

I will no longer have a full time wage to rely on, I will no longer have the same home to return to every night and I will be away from my friends and family. Instead, I will challenge myself to finance my travels, find work and make ‘home’ wherever it is I am. I will push myself to meet new people from all over the world who can challenge me further. I will have the chance to learn so much more by simply challenging myself.

I’m swapping being comfortable, for being challenged and I can’t wait.

  1. Adventure: an unusual and exciting or daring experience

You should seek adventure where you can. 

Who doesn’t love a good adventure? Some of the best days are the ones where you have no plans but unexpected adventures take you to unforgettable places or allow you to experience incredible moments. There is so much to experience in the world and without an adventure or two along the way, we are surely missing out? 

Find your adventure, big or small and embrace it.

  1. Discovery: to find unexpectedly or during a search

You should always aim to discover something new.

Learning enriches your mind. I have no desire to return to formal education as such but I do have a desire to learn. I want to discover what the world has to offer. I want to discover things I like, things I don’t and discover who I am. The more experiences someone has, the more they know about themselves. I want to grasp every opportunity to discover something new, whether it’s about myself, a different culture or another place.

I want to give everything I can a try. 

  1. Youth: the period between childhood and adult age

A wise man once said: You are not young enough to know everything. 

Whatever your age there is still much to be learnt and much to be enjoyed.

I am still relatively young. I have time to try and fail, try and succeed or try and start all over again. Time is on my side and I don’t want to waste it sat at a desk forever.

While others peruse Facebook wishing they could have the wedding or children they see splashed over its pages, I’m more intrigued and envious of the destinations I see in the posts. So instead of living through pictures, I want to see and do as much as possible, wherever that takes me. The more I see, the more I learn and the more content I can be when, or if, I decide to stop.

One day I will be too old. Today is not that day.

  1. Time: the indefinite continued progress of existence

You have time.

People say “life is short”. While I can appreciate the sentiment, life is also the longest amount of time you’ll ever have. Where you can use ‘life is short’ to motivate yourself, you can also ask yourself how long you want to sit at the same desk, live in the same country or stay in the same place? A lifetime is a long time to do any of those things. I’m not criticising anyone who wants to do that, each to their own. For myself, I want to make the most of my time now, so I can decide how to spend the rest of it later. 

  1. Money: a current medium of exchange

A little or a lot, there’s somewhere in the world to suit your budget. 

I find it too easy to get hung up on money. I’ve always been careful with money and I’ve been lucky to have always had work since a very young age. Probably because I’ve always had a income, I worry the most about coping without one. I have never placed a high value on money. Of course, I enjoy the security of being able to pay my bills and enjoy myself but I value experiences much more highly. This is why I have spent a lot over the years on holidays and travel, rather than a large house or a fancy car. I’d rather build memories and take advantage of opportunities than be sat on a wedge of cash. I’ve seen people with money who are miserable and people with nothing happy. After a few tough years, a while back, I realised more than anything, happiness is the most valuable asset to have in your life. Money can’t buy happiness. In some cases it can help to achieve it but without happiness what is the value of money?

Here’s to happy travels.

  1. Friends: a person with whom one has a bond of mutual affection

A stranger is just a friend you haven’t met yet. 

The more we travel, the more people we meet. The more people we meet, the more friends we make. A variety of friends is the spice of life and we learn new things from everyone we meet.

Old friends are just as important as the new ones I will meet along the way. Importantly, I have the support of my friends and it’s something invaluable to me. If the people who you are going to miss, support you, then you know you’re doing the right thing. With the support of family and friends, a leap of faith is not half as scary.

Go seek out your own path and do it with confidence, knowing your friends and family are behind you all the way. 

  1. Health: the state of being free from illness or injury

You are able. 

If, perish the thought, anything happened and I was not as fit and physically able as I am now, there is plenty of stuff I’d regret not doing while I was able to. While health is on my side, I can carry my life in a backpack and walk until my heart’s content, it’s time to embrace the world at my feet.

The world is my oyster, so they say. 

  1. Regret: a feeling of sadness or disappointment over an occurrence that one has done or failed to do

Simply, I do not want to have any regrets. I’d rather try and fail than regret not trying at all.

When I first decided travelling long term was something I wanted to do, I scoured the internet looking for people who had left their 9-5 life, set off travelling and regretted it. Of course, that life style brings with it its own challenges and worries but I was hard pressed to find people who had regretted taking such a risk. On the other hand, it was easy to find people who were dreaming of a life on the road while ‘stuck’ at their desks.

Will I regret this? Who knows. But I’m more than willing to take a chance and find out.

So, what are you waiting for?

A risk wouldn’t be worth taking if the opportunities didn’t outweighed any potential negatives. All the things that you are leaving behind can be returned to or achieved again but the possibilities out there in the world are endless.

Don’t look back.

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