Everyone always wants to know what my secret to traveling is. How is that I travel so much and for so long.
That’s it. No secret trust fund. No illegal activity. No pimping myself out for Eliot Spitzer. I just focus on doing it. After my first trip to Costa Rica in 2004, I got bit by the travel bug and have been traveling ever since. I live to travel. I make the time, I budget for it, I revolve my life around it.
Everyone seems to suspect I have some big secret….that I must have found something out to life that they didn’t. Sorry for the let down but there is no secret to travel. Anyone who tells you so is a liar. All you need is the desire and passion to go.
So often I hear from people that traveling is out of their reach, that they don’t have the money or the time. They have just too much responsibility. I don’t believe that. People do what they want. When you truly want something, you go after it. If you truly wanted travel, you would do it. You wouldn’t make excuses. Excuses are a convenient way for people to ignore their own fears. The news media paints the world as dangerous and chaotic, in turmoil and trouble. But the real news is that it’s no more dangerous than places in America.
There is a lot of unknown in long term traveling and a lot people aren’t ready to deal with that. However, even if you’ll never do a year around the world or dedicate your life to vagabonding, that doesn’t mean travel can be out of your reach.
Travel is a wonderful thing. Life is short and I don’t think we were ever meant to spend it in cubicles droning away. Travel can show you all the beauty in the world- from chaotic markets in Asia, to majestic cities in Europe, to dense jungles and exotic wildlife in Central America. Everywhere you go, everyday something new happens. New people, new places, and new experiences.
People like to think that travel costs a lot of money or that you just can’t make it happen. My only hope is that by reading this blog, you realize that you can. I’m not rich but I budget well and find good travel deals. I work hard so I can play hard. A little flexibility, a little price scouting and you can get anywhere on any budget. People are always amazed when they see how cheap it can be and how little effort it really takes.
Once you have the desire and motivation to go, nothing can stop you.