Though the title of this blog may lead you to think otherwise, let me start off by saying I’m not one of those travel bloggers whose traveled to sixty countries in the last two years on a journey to self-discovery (for those of you reading who have, I love and hate you).
Instead, I’ve traveled to one country, over-drafted in my bank account, got into a relationship only to realize I wasn’t ready, made some pretty bad decisions, did a couple of fad diets and stuffed my face with lots of carbs and wine on my self-discovery journey.
Now that I’m single, somewhat back on my feet and drained from the consequences of that journey, I want to travel the world!
There’s nothing more revitalizing than immersing one’s self in another culture, living on the beautiful countryside of Italy for a few months while teaching English, going deep sea diving in Australia, visiting an elephant sanctuary in Thailand, and basking in the sun on the alluring coastline of Greece. Anyone else feeling me on this?
“I don’t have the money,” you say. Or at least that’s probably what every middle-class, non-sponsored Instagramer is thinking. There’s always the issue with not having enough of our friend Benjamin Franklin floating around in our savings. Though a legitimate reason to put the pause on traveling, it’s not legitimate enough if you’re spending a lot of your hard-earned dollars on an abundant amount of materialistic things that in two days will be out of style. Save your money for the experiences that are evergreen. Invest it. If you love to travel and want to, but keep coming up with same excuses find ways to make traveling happen.
I get there are some traveling traditions that some of us are accustomed to such as traveling the world after pumping in a few decades of labor into the economy routine. Back then, our parents and grandparents had more of a “work now, play later” motto. Though more and more people are shattering these outdated traditions, some of us have crippled ourselves with these ancient practices and push off exploring the world outside of our everyday parameters. Now I know those beautiful coastlines and jaw dropping mountainous regions aren’t going anywhere anytime soon–though some day due to my favorite bitch called life we are–, now is the time to travel!
Why now you ask? I say, why not now? The world, though still very reactionary in some areas, is becoming more progressive in it’s evolution by embracing individuality and idiosyncrasies of all people and their cultures that make it up. Also, who doesn’t want to escape from their day to day routine for a new adventure far, far away from their day to day routine (rhetorical question, of course you do)?
Now, I’m no expert on this topic. I’m simply a young, desperate, but happy woman trapped in corporate America’s safety net of a decent salary, great benefits and a desire to travel to Mother Earth’s most precious corners because contrary to what The Rolling Stones said, time isn’t on our side. So, go! Travel! Eat beignets in a cute cafe near the French Rivieria. Bury your problems in the sand on the beautiful beaches in Greece.
Because time is traveling and so should you.