Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
~ Mark Twain
You may be wondering why I travel quite often. I’ve been travelling since I was a tiny anklebiter. I reckon the wanderlust bug was passed down from my mother – she has been travelling for most of her life, especially that she is from Malaysia (albiet having Middle Eastern roots).
However, I have been travelling a lot in the last couple of years, and I only started my international trips in 2010. Prior to that, I was dreaming, planning and talking about going overseas, but never did anything about it. I came up with excuses thus effectively stopping me from going abroad. Money was the main excuse.
2010 was the year I finally decided not to let anything – especially money – stop me from travelling the world. My housemate at the time was sent to Samoa on an university placement, and she suggested that I come and visit during the winter break. I thought long and hard about it, and I consulted with my family and close friends about it. With help from a close friend, for the first time in my entire life, I was going overseas. Sure, it was a short-haul international trip, but still, I was going outside of Australia!
In June 2011, I was invited to go to Bali, Indonesia with a group of friends for a 21st and 30th. I did not give it a second thought, as I already had some savings, and I immediately booked my flights. There was nothing stopping me. I just wanted to go.
Now, with my impending Europe trip – this is the ultimate travel dream I have been harbouring for years. Every time I said I would go that specific year, it did not happen. Once again, my excuse of money stopped me. In November last year, I had some savings and I followed my gut instincts, thus booking my return flight to London. I knew right and then I had to go there. No questions asked. I also knew that if I did not book, I would be regretting it many years later. I could simply put my life on hold, and just enjoy Europe for 7 weeks.
Essentially, the fact that I have my passport gives me the licence to globaltrot without anything stopping me. Have passport, will travel!
I travel to get away from reality.
I travel to absorb new cultures and people.
I travel to discover new food and drinks.
I travel to learn more about myself.
I travel in order to change my life for the better.
I travel so I can appreciate my motherland more.
I travel because I want to be able to appreciate what I have.
And most importantly, I travel to broaden my horizons.
If you have been talking, dreaming and planning your ultimate trip – what’s stopping you. Do it when you’re still young – especially if you do not have a partner and kids. No hassles. No arguing with others. No one stopping you. If you have a house, put it on the rental market or get someone to housesit. If you have a car, sell it. Just buy a ticket and go.
Now…what are you waiting for?!