Too many people these days are so wrapped up in focusing on their 'careers' that they forget what it is like to actually live! These are the people that say 'I can't afford to travel' or 'I am too old now' or 'I will go next year'. These reason's are all excuses and quite frankly, all of which are bull****.
There is no better time than the present. Stop asking yourself 'what if'. Are you spending every day longing to have the time to jet off and explore? We think it's about time you left behind your mundane 9-5 lifestyle (which has been slowly killing your soul) and acted upon this. Stop dreaming and start doing! You do not need to be rich. You do not need to be an experienced traveler. You need to be spontaneous and open minded. As cheesy as the saying 'there is a whole world out there waiting to be explored' may sound, it is somewhat true.
Here are my top 5 reasons why you should quit your day job and get away. I am not saying become a bum and never work again (as we all know that is not reality and the world doesn't work that way). I am just saying that there are other options out there which could make you a whole lot happier.
So here goes...
None of us are getting any younger and the longer you put it off, the worse it gets. You never know what is around the corner as life is so uncertain, so we should all be living in the moment. Embrace every opportunity that life throws our way and enjoy the ride along with it. Nothing new is ever going to happen if you constantly remain in the same place.
How many of you find yourself sitting at your office desk, sneakily searching through Skyscanner for your next getaway? Or daydreaming; imagining you were sailing around an island surrounded by crystal clear waters, sipping on a Mojito. How about making that a reality?! Why would you spend time regretting all the things you haven't done, when you could start making little steps towards all the things you do want to accomplish.
I get that the idea of packing up everything and jetting off for a whole year can seem daunting. For those of you who have never even traveled before, this will also seem like a super long time. But believe me, it isn't! You are going to be too busy making heaps of new friends and exploring new destinations every week! The days will roll into weeks, which turn into months, and before you know it you will have lost track of what date it is altogether! Meanwhile, everything at home remains the same. At the time, it will seem as though so much has changed but this is because YOUR life has changed. You may get the occasional dosage of homesickness, which will make you think that you are missing out. But you just have to ride it out. You will soon be back on cloud nine after hiking an insane volcano or diving out of a plane. Home can wait.
So many people travel for a few weeks, or a couple of months and head home and experience next level holiday blues. It changes you, it really does but almost 99.9% of the time for the better. It might sound daunting and scary but ride the wave, the ups and the downs. You'll only regret it if you head home early after 1 little mishap. So our advice to you is to stay out as long as possible. Live every second of every day and create a lifetime of memories!
One of the most wonderful things about travel is all the amazing characters you meet along the way. It helps you to broaden your mind and expand that comfort zone you have been tucked away in for so long. You hear people say they are going traveling to 'find themselves' and yes, the cliche is an overload of cheese. But in a way, it is true. It happens to all of us. We don't even see it happening. That is until you return home, and appreciate how much more there is to see out there. The opportunities are endless.
When you are traveling, you find yourselves mixing with the most eclectic bunch of people. Some of which you would have never dreamed of becoming friends with, if this was in your real world. But all 'social norms' go out the window when you are away. You all have one thing in common and can become the best of friends in a matter of days. Part of what inspires us to travel more is hearing all the amazing stories from fellow nomads.
Your knowledge about the world keeps growing and where you may have started off with one country you wanted to explore, you go home with another 10 on the bucket list. You meet people along the way, you find yourself in places you could of only dreamed of and opportunities will arrise that you won't be able to say no too. One minute you're working a 9-5 and going home to eat leftover lasagne for the 3rd consecutive night in a row and then next thing you're out living your best life working in a bar in Thailand. Thing's can change quickly when you travel but hey this is just an average day in the life of a backpacker.
Travel does not have to be expensive, well sure if you're planning to island hop the Maldives or stay in 5* hotels in Hawaii you may need a spare bob, but ultimately travelling can actually be rather cheap. Head to South East Asia first where you can find food, accommodation and experiences for only a few dollars. Transport is cheap, hostels are cheap and beer? Well you guessed it, IT'S CHEAP! Don't wait for the day you say 'I have enough money' because in reality you can always earn more. Travel now, worry about the rest later.. actually don't worry! It'll always work itself out!
Somewhere like Asia will allow you stay out much longer, as you get so much for your money, so you can stretch out your trip a lot longer. There are also other ways around extending your trip without having to burn a hole in your wallet! Many countries offer work away programme's so you can volunteer and in return receive free board/food. This gives you more time to explore the area and get experience living like a local for a while. You can also volunteer at heaps of hostels across the world. Whether it be a few weeks or months, there are so many options available!
I could go on and on listing reason after reason, but I think you get the jist! Apart from the fact you will gain perspective, experience new adventures, create a scrapbook full of memories and explore all the beauty the world has to offer, you should simply travel just because you can. Because we have the freedom to, and because it beats what you are doing right now!
Wanna join the TruFam? For exclusive offers, latest travel news, advice and the TruStories from the road, simply fill in your details below and we'll do the rest.