After my last blog post “Traveling the world – Why can’t I just do it?” I got amazing feedback which I want to give back to you.
Many have the same dream: taking some time off and traveling the world. What holds them back, among others, are responsibilities like the kids are still at school, insurance problems, or they are afraid of traveling alone.
But many people, who have traveled, encouraged me to follow my dream and just do it because:
1) You gain lots of experience.
2) You’ll see new things, learn about other people and cultures.
3) You’re not alone. You’ll meet a lot of new, maybe even inspiring and also like-minded people whom you bond with and who will support you.
4) The locals are friendly and supportive, too.
5) When getting out of your comfort zone, this is when you grow as a person.
6) You get to know yourself better and gain confidence. You know you can handle even difficult challenges.
7) There’s no job security anyway. Or if you don’t like your job, this could be an even bigger motivation to give it up for traveling.
8) There are always ways and means to make things possible if you really want to.
9) You’ll have some amazing memories to remember.
I think the best motivation for “Screw it! I’ll do it!” is when life sucks and it can only get better. It’s a win-win situation. I’ve been there myself 6 years ago. I’m from Berlin, Germany, but life, especially my social life wasn’t really what I wanted it to be. At some point I had enough and moved to London, England, initially for a year, to improve my English, learn a bit and then come back to my old job and start studying part-time. That was the plan. Well, I’m still here in London. So I’ve been through that cycle of giving up everything and start over again. And it’s hard. I never lost my motivation, but building a new life, especially a new friends circle in London is … challenging (lots of coming and leaving in this city). Though I never regretted moving here. But I guess traveling around is a little different from moving to another place and settle down.
I guess the answer to the following question is the most convincing argument for going or not going: Would I regret one day that I haven’t done it? Would I be sorry, when I’m old and feeble, that didn’t take my chances when I could have. Ask the question yourself. My answer is yes, definitely. And it can be a nagging thought at the back of your mind. There is always something that you wanted to do, something undone. I won’t fold up my tents in a mad rush and take a flight to New Zealand tomorrow. But I feel more comfortable now about leaving my job at some point and will prepare my inner self for that day when it happens.
Until then I’ll do some thorough research and planning. Although I’m talking about New Zealand for ages, I don’t really now what exactly is there to see and to explore or which tracks I wanna hike. I should get a good picture of that before I buy that one plane ticket, my own, my love, my precious. 🙂