“The world is a book and those who have not travelled have read only one page”
Over the years of travelling the world, this quote is one that has rung true in every way. Not in my wildest dreams would I have imagined how travel would effect my life when I set off some fifteen years ago.
The experiences gained from travel are what defines and shapes us as human beings. We learn nothing of ourselves and others by sitting stagnant in our own bubble. The most ignorant, homophobic, racist and conservative people I have met, often, have been the ones who stay in the one spot, hold the same job and refuse to explore the world around them. They may be highly educated from schooling and university yet, they can be highly uneducated on life.
“To travel is to discover that everybody is wrong about other countries” – Aldous Huxley
You learn only futile thoughts from the mainstream media, reality shows or karaoke singing contests on the television. What in fact happens is this. You become controlled and conditioned. You actually learn very little.
Imagine what could happen if you took up a second job in the evenings and/or on weekends. That feeling when one is able to let go of the idiot box, instead, heading out to earn some extra money which would go into your travel fund. Then, against the advice of all your conservative friends, you throw away your jobs a few weeks later and disappear somewhere into the world. Family and friends used to call this sort of malarkey foolish pipe dreams.
These “pipe dreams” as some would like to phrase it is actually more accessible than what you imagine it to be. You just have to let go of what you know and take a leap into the unknown.
There are always going to be jobs out there. You just need to find the courage to kick against the grain. We only have one crack at life. Imagine this. You are 83 years old, sitting in a nursing home reflecting on life. What are you going to remember? The long hours spent in the office slaving away to pay a wealthy banking CEO money that should be yours? Or would you prefer to have a pallet full of memories from seeing the world? Travelling to far flung places and experiencing wondrous sights?
I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list…….