We’re lucky to live in an age where traveling is relatively easy, safe and doable. At this very moment there are interesting things happening all over the globe and history in the making to witness. But sometimes, when you hear stories of how things used to be, don’t you wish you could go back in time and visit a place during the height of its heyday?
If I could manage to track down a time machine here’s where I’d go travel.
Sleep is a hot topic of debate among global travelers. We seem divided over whether sleeping is a worthwhile pursuit when you’re far from home. On one hand time spent sleeping is time not spent sightseeing or exploring. Some argue you should max out your time traveling and worry about sleep afterwards. On the other hand sleeping is a luxury. Many of us don’t get the sleep we need or want when we’re busy with life at home. Your travel time is YOUR time, which means alarm clocks and early mornings should stay far away and leave you in peace.
Travel blogs love to tell you what to pack. Fair enough, for new travelers – especially backpackers – it can be difficult to prioritize what to take, especially when you’ll have to carry all of it around on your back wherever you go. But I’ve found that these travel blog suggestions tend to go a bit overboard. Pretty soon you find that you’re set for any situation that could possibly arise – and have a thousand pound bag to drag around. To help eliminate the unnecessary, and give your poor back a bit of relief, here are my suggestions of what NOT to pack.
You’re amazing when you’re traveling. You laugh more, worry less and even seem to figure out how to flirt. In the midst of the exotic you become a more fun, open-minded and tan version of your home self. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to stay this intrepid, free thinking form of You even when you’re back into the rut and gut of real life? Wouldn’t it be fantastic to carry on throwing caution to the wind and spontaneously dancing even once you’re back into your stuffy work suit?
Well then, do it.
It’s here. After your weeks, months or years of planning and saving it’s time to travel. Your ticket’s booked. Your bag is packed. You’re ready to reward all your hard work with the trip of a life time. Problem is Travel has a mind of its own. And while Travel is often beautiful and accommodating, sometimes it just won’t cooperate.
Traveling is wonderful. It’s fun. It’s exciting. It breaks your routine and may even help you grow as a person. But it’s also scary. The unknown is equal parts electrifying and intimidating. And traveling requires a whole slew of unknowns; unknown places, unknown people, unknown languages, foods, accommodation and transportation. The good news is that fear of the unknown can be overcome. You can come to love travel just by recognizing your own fear and facing it. You can transform your waah waah wanting into real, live doing.
Wanting and doing are two different things. Lots of people want to travel. Fewer do. It’s not because traveling is unattainable, it’s because the doing involved scares many of us away. Every travel blog I’ve seen has valid reasons to travel. Every travel blog has the list of common excuses people use to not travel. And every travel blog gives the obligatory disclaimer that I’ll give now: It’s ok to not travel. Traveling is expensive, time consuming and involves varying degrees of discomfort. If it’s not your thing, it’s not your thing. But if it is your thing – something you’ve wanted to do – then do it.