The first time I stepped off a plane and onto European soil my priorities changed.
For me maybe a few factors contributed to this polar shift in my thought process. Maybe it was because we had decided to travel independently. Maybe it was because this was my first big trip out of North America with nothing but the bag on my back. Or maybe this profound change was bound to happen, coming just months after experiencing the first real loss in my life.
I think it took seeing someone die that made me truly realize how I wanted to live.
I can say it over and over again: time is our most precious currency. Taking those first steps in Europe made me realize that there were better ways for me to spend it. What I did, and what you have to ask yourself, is this: How do I want to spend my time?
Money is renewable, time is not.
I’ve felt a lot of pressure over the years in regards to my travels. How can I afford it, why do i do it? I’m not somehow lucky with money, I don’t have any magical formula to tell you how to find a way to make travel happen. I think the only thing you have to do it make TRAVEL a priority. Make this education something that you cannot live without. Traveling isn’t always easy, sometimes it can be downright miserable, but I think in the end it really pays off. And to me, the months of saving up melt away once I step onto that plane. Personally, I am much happier being rich in experience.
If travel is what you want, go for it. It might seem hard, maybe even impossible. But it’s like anything, if you really want it, you will make it happen.
The biggest regret most people have at the end of their lives is that they didn’t travel enough when they had the opportunity. I don’t want those regrets.
So, decide if travel is a priority for you, and do something about it.