“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain
2014 has been the greatest year of my life! I graduated from college, I took amazing trips to New Mexico, Canyonlands NP in Utah and Mesa Verde NP in CO, the Grand Canyon in Arizona, and I hiked Mount Saint Helens, Mount Rainier and Olympic NP in Washington, and I now I’m living in Lesotho. Inside each of these adventures are a million memories and little moments that are just as amazing as the main attraction itself. I am truly fortunate and blessed to have done and seen all the great things I have just in this past year.
“Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.”
Guys, I love to travel! I read travel journals and blogs and I become
envious of inspired by these people because they’ve gone to so many unique and amazing places. I love to know people’s histories so I sometimes do a little digging around about some of them. I get excited and a little motivated when I find out that some of these people didn’t even start traveling until their late thirties or after a long career. If you’re young or still in college and get the same feeling I get when I read the world’s top hiking destinations or read about people who literally travel for a living, then I say DO IT! These people are no different than us; they just made a decision to just do it. Why rush into a career and start making money just so you can start the normal work routine? You know why it’s called a routine? Because falling into a daily pattern makes things feel normal. It simplifies life and makes you feel comfortable day in and day out.
“A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.” – John A. Shedd
I challenge you this next year to do something that makes you feel uncomfortable. You’ve always wanted to see the Northern Lights from Alaska or the beaches of Jamaica, so work hard for a few months and then get on Groupon and buy a cheap, week-long trip to see one of those places! You’ve always wanted to learn how to play guitar, so buy a cheap guitar and sign up for lessons! Sign you and your partner up for those dance lessons she’s always talked about and you’ve wanted to surprise her with! Go skydiving or snorkeling! Don’t just dream about it, do it.
“You only live once, that’s the motto…YOLO.” – Drake
Even through college I lived this way and got to go to some really cool places. Sometimes I would agree to go on a trip without knowing where the money would come from–and no, I didn’t just call my dad for help. In fact, every trip I’ve been on has scared me just a little bit. I’m visiting Kruger National Park in April and to be quite honest, I’m a little worried about where the funds will come from but I guarentee I’ll have a blog post about it in a few months. Nothing is holding you back but your own fear. Fear of money–or the lack of. Fear of possibly missing a job opportunity. Fear of disappointing your family. Or fear of the trip not turning out to be all it was built up to be. If, on one hand, you’re looking to discover the cure for HIV, or be the inventor of the time machine, then ignore all of this and you stay in school and focus on your work. If, on the other hand, you aren’t one of these people the world is desperately depending on, then you don’t have anything holding you back but yourself. Do something different and new. Do something in 2015 that you will be proud of in 2016.
“If you’re twenty-two, physically fit, hungry to learn and be better, I urge you to travel – as far and as widely as possible. Sleep on floors if you have to. Find out how other people live and eat and cook. Learn from them – wherever you go.” – Anthony Bourdain