“I’d love to travel, but I don’t have the time or money.” I hear this a lot. I’m a teacher, so I don’t really have a lot of money, but I am fortunate enough to have time. I could easily say I don’t have the money, and just surrender to my fate, but I’m not being honest with myself if I choose this route.
Once I considered travel to be a true priority, I cut back on spending that really wasn’t a priority. Yes Starbucks chai tea lattes taste really good, but they are expensive over time (and not exactly healthy). I’d love to have beautiful nails, but manicures and pedicures cost too much. Do I really need 450 TV channels? Probably not. I cut back on the nonessential items, and I have found some money available for travel. I won’t be staying at the Ritz, but I will find decent accommodations in a new place to explore. I realized what was important to me, and decided to make a change to work towards that goal.
I went to a wake yesterday for someone that was taken far too young. I know it is said so often, but we are not guaranteed any time in this life. I always say that I am going to live to 100, but that is in my fantasy world. Deep down I am becoming a realist. The realist inside me says to live now because that is what I have. Although travel is my first priority when it comes to personal interests, I encourage everyone to pursue their top personal interest. Yes we have to care for our family and friends along with balancing work, but it is important to do something for yourself. Figure out what you want, and create a plan to make it happen. If you haven’t been able to achieve it yet, then a change will have to be made. There are countless inspirational quotations and stories out there to guide you along the way.
I may be a late twenty-something that uses travel to escape and learn now, but maybe there will be a day when it won’t be my priority. Until that day, my sights are set on new destinations with new experiences.