I have always wanted to travel the world. I can never remember a time that I haven’t wanted to. Other cultures have always interested me, and I just didn’t want to be that guy who had never left his home country. I found myself at the age of 22, doing something that I fundamentally did not enjoy. I was pretty unsatisfied with how everything was going for me. I felt that life was making my decisions for me. I was always going to start living life tomorrow. I’d say I was definitely one of those people who was going to do everything one day, but was yet to do anything at all.
One day, I hated what I was doing so much, that I started looking at flights. I found them surprisingly cheap. And I thought, why not? So I bought a flight to Bangkok and I made a decision to quit a really prestigious school to start actually living. This was one of the hardest decisions of my life to make. But I am so glad that I did. Actually deciding to go is the single hardest thing about travelling. Once you actually do this, you’ve done the hard bit. It only gets easier.
To cut a long story short, for the next 4 months, I made as much money as I could. So no going out, no new clothes, I sold everything I owned and took on two jobs (a bin man and landscaper). These months weren’t that bad. I had already binned my old life, so didn’t have any choice but to earn the money.
All this was about a year ago. I am now a much happier and more confident person. I will go back and finish what I left at home, but I will do it with more purpose. I now feel more optimistic about my future. There is a lot more opportunity in the whole world than there is in your little home town. I now know that I am no longer that person who will end up doing something he hates because he is just to scared to do anything about it.
Yes, ditching a stable (but unsatisfying) life is not easy. And yes, everyone will tell you that you are making a bad decision. But I found traveling to be the most beneficial things I have ever done, and those same people who told me I was mad, are now telling me how lucky I am.
If travelling is really something you want to do. Then all you need to do is decide to go. No one says that it’s easy, but how many things worth doing in life are?