“One day you will wake up and there won’t be any more time to do the things you’ve always wanted. Do it now!”
– Paulo Coelho
One of the most exhilarating things about travel is the way it takes you outside yourself, to discover the diversity of cultures, places, food and ideas. It shifts ones perspective on the mundane activities to that of exploration and excitement.
What motivates you? Is it money, power and recognition? Or, security, happiness and a peaceful existence? The world is this enormous stage, filled with stories yearning to be heard and scenes waiting to be explored. Open your eyes to the world’s diversity of culture, history and food! It will definitely make one appreciate the little things in life.
The fact is when most individuals think about travel, they tend to think of monuments and landmarks like, the Eiffel Tower, Big Ben or Taj Mahal. The truth is, travelling and exploring to those monuments and cities is never complete without its local touch and interaction of people – this is what really makes travels remarkable and enhances the experience.
Part of a positive travel experience is the thought of just being somewhere different. I do believe this is a large travel motivation for most of us. It is also the natural beauty that captures our mind and body as we adapt to the new surroundings. The fascination of exploring is like a baby’s first touch on a sandy coast. Overall a positive experience in its entirety cannot really be defined, in the same way that a negative experience cannot be completely captured in words. An experience will be apparent once you have taken the plunge to see and do things first-hand.
Personally, travelling means to expand my possibilities, to feed my soul and to enrich and educate my mind. It has always been the silent confirmation of what is real. One of my other motives for travel is the escape; the escape from my normality (because frankly we all need holiday!).
We should not stereotype travel with an age group or gender, as this sets boundaries to what we think is not possible.
Life is an amazing adventure if you make it out to be!
Travelling & living abroad has always had two different motivations
Having to face the question of relocation is always tricky. You either 50 percent, 90 percent or even when you do feel 100 percent, our little friend Mr Doubt will pop by for some tea and cookies and attempt to chat us out of it. Everyone’s reasons and experiences are different. In my experience, there were a few things to consider. The questions alone became overwhelming. So to achieve my goal was to draw up a list of pros and cons and incorporate them in my vision board. I believe making things visual makes it easier to achieve. As mentioned earlier, there is a lot to consider before making the bold move of relocating.
Work to sustain
The only advice I can offer is remain positive and optimistic even if it is a fool’s way, you will never know unless you try. We are creatures of habit and venturing in the unknown is naturally scary. The question I always ask myself is “could I live here?” And then I remember “The grass always looks greener on the other side”. I am not trying to discourage you but relocating has its perks and, well, homelessness and hunger issues. I took the risk and enjoyed every moment from being close to homeless to eventually having everything. One also needs to know when it is time to pack up and move on. I suppose the question will always linger “Would I have stayed longer?” But to this date I have no regrets – only that of not being born into a super wealthy family!
Where I live and how it affects my thoughts and mood are very important to me. I might not have a particular destination in mind yet as each place has its own challenges, but I do sometimes have the “I’m home” feeling in many different locales. My eyes and heart will always be open on any upcoming trips!
Positive attitude and clear sense of purpose have always made it a certainty to achieve a goal when someone else told me it was impossible. When in doubt always follow what your heart tells you.
To achieve any goal in life is about breaking the goal down into small defined steps. I am a great believer in this, if you have a goal however “ridiculous” you think it may be, then to achieve it all you have to do is work out what you need to get it, and break down the steps in how to reach it.
“Nobody comes back from a journey the way they started it.”- Unknown