After years of dreaming, research and preparation, I finally reached a point in my life where I knew that if I didn’t go for this now, it might never happen. I’m sure I’m not the only one who has felt this way before. The closer my global backpacking journey approaches, the more often I’m reminded by others about “how lucky I am” or “that they wish they could do the same.” The truth is, everyone and anyone can do it. Luck has nothing to do with it (unless you win the lotto.) All it takes is a little discipline and will. You’ll need the discipline at first to start saving up the money and preparing for the journey, and it takes will to finally decide when you’re ready to quit your day job and go! I don’t like to think of it as, “dropping everything” or “leaving my life behind to travel.” This is still my life, I am not leaving anything behind, but rather taking a different route than what most people define as normal. Working a 9-5 job isn’t meant for everyone. Some of us need more freedom. I’m setting out not just on a journey around the world, but a journey to find fulfilling self employment. It has always been a dream of mine to travel the world and go where I want, when I want, but after being employed by others for 8 years, I’ve figured out that the only way to do so is by being self employed. Leaving a job becomes more difficult the longer you stay there because our fear of losing the benefits we’ve already earned. But of course with self employment comes risk. Are you willing to risk an unstable income for the freedom to travel? Personally, I would rather have a low income with more freedom, than work 5 days a week, 50 weeks a year building someone else’s dream.
Another reason for the trip is age. As we get older, our responsibilities grow. Marriage, children, mortgages, car payments, medical bills, etc… Although not impossible to travel with these responsibilities it does make the journey more difficult, and so do injuries. Back pain, knee pain, joint pains are all reasons to go for it while you’re young because as we age and traveling becomes more difficult, our will to travel decreases.
My final and most important reason for this journey, is that we never truly know when our last day on this beautiful earth might be. When high school friends pass away at a young age it really makes you realize that we might not be around tomorrow to fulfill our dreams for the future. Don’t put off for tomorrow, what you can accomplish today. Chase your dreams, make mistakes, learn, and grow!
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