Travel Now AND Later

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Generally speaking, there tend to be four groups of thinkers in regards to traveling the world.  Some, perfectly content with what they have in life at home, feel no draw to leave familiarity and comfort.  Some say, “some day,” and believe that one day in the future they will fulfill their dreams of wanderlust.  Some have no choice in the matter and struggle to travel, despite a strong desire.  The fourth group heeds the call to explore, which to them cannot be ignored or put off.  They need to go now.

These are extremely general descriptions of groups of thought and by no means are all encompassing of the people of the world.  I find myself to be in a hybrid group.  My bucket list continues to grow every day and I am always saving for my next adventure.  I don’t want to leave home for the first time to see the Eiffel Tower or the Japanese cherry blossoms in retirement after my children finish higher education.  I want to still be exploring at that age after many decades of adventures.  I want to sleep in hostels with other twenty-somethings, thirty-somethings, comparing and contrasting our cultures and discussing what the future may hold.  I want to sleep beneath the stars on various continents during several decades of my life.

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Exposing myself to new cultures and world views at the beginning of my life has molded me into something entirely different than if I had stayed in my hometown for the first twenty years of my life.  My love and appreciation for my country continues to grow in different ways.  On the other hand, as I meet more people, they help me question some aspects of my home that I have grown numb or used to.  I don’t want that personal growth to end.  There will never be an age when I am satisfied with the amount of the world I have seen.

Some people will preach that you must travel now because you’re young.  Others will claim you should establish yourself in the professional world for a few years first.  Many believe you should wait until you have lived an entire life, cultivated a career, and built a family.  I say that you should start now and never stop.  Save every day for a flight to Chile.  Take weekend trips to a nearby town.  Explore your own backyard.  Take time off and backpack by yourself for three months on the other side of the world.  Travel with yourself, your parents, your significant other, and your kids.  Ask the shop owner about herself and the area. Strike up conversation with the bartender.  Learn new languages.  That’s my plan.

I will travel both now and later.  I will continue to fall in love with strangers, become friends with them, and carry their memories with me.  I will never stop growing and learning about our world and myself.

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23 comments

  1. I love life. I love discovering new things, meeting new people, exploring new cultures. I would definitely say I belong to the 4th class of people. I used to be all wound up and uptight but not anymore. Now, I explore life and live every bit of it happily. I am with you on your plan. You go, girl. Great post.

  2. This is exactly how I feel. I don’t understand why people feel obliged to settle down and never travel again once they’ve got other commitments like kids. My life will be filled with travel 🙂

    I love this so much because it just describes how I feel about travelling too.

    1. Everyone totally has different perspectives of life and how they want to live it. I have a hard time understanding that way of life when there is so much of the world out there to explore, but I recognize everyone has varying priorities. I definitely think taking advantage of the opportunities that come along with youth (and pre-kid commitments) is so so important. Thanks so much for reading and commenting!

  3. As a person who loves to travel anytime, anywhere, I used to judge the people that don’t share the same wanderlust. I used to see them as shallow and boring. But over the years I understood that everyone has it’s own way to live life and I don’t have the right to be judgmental. I can only try to inspire people, but I never enforce someone to have the same opinion as I have. On the other hand I was judged by people too. They thought that I’m too careless and too reckless about my future. Over the years I understood that I have to stop judging to have the same claims at the people around me 🙂

    Elena | http://www.inspiredtoexplore.com

    1. So true Elena! It’s difficult not to be a little judgmental when it comes to how we live our lives. Like you, I’ve learned to just let people live the way they want to live and I hope, in turn, that they will not pass judgement on me and just let me live me life the way that I choose.

  4. This post was so inspirational! Getting great vibes out of it – oh my, if traveling was free you’d never see me hahahah:D

    <3: Jasmin N
    littlethingswithjassy.blogspot.fi

  5. Fab post! Travelling is a fantastic way to experience all life has to offer, other cultures and different lands. It allows you to appreciate your life and the world we live in💛

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