Any time I’m planning a new trip or talking about an old one, I often hear “you’re so lucky!” or “I’m so jealous!” To be honest, I hate these comments. Am I lucky? Yes, in the sense that I have the ability to live the life that I desire. Should you be jealous? Absolutely not!! These comments come from people of all ages, but primarily people in their twenties. It frustrates me because most of them have the ability to travel too! When I tell them theres no need to be jealous and they can travel too, I hear a long list of excuses:
“I’m broke.” – Save up money. Is it easy? No. Is it possible? Yes. It’s something you’ll have to prioritize, but it can absolutely be done. There’s also a number of ways to travel cheaply, so you don’t have to save up thousands.
“I don’t want to go alone.” – This one I understand, because it is scary. But every trip I’ve gone on, I’ve gone alone and met people at my destinations. The result: I have friends in 10+ states, as well as friends from all over the world.
“My parents aren’t comfortable with it.” – Mine aren’t either. Make it your goal to make them more comfortable with it. Present them with stats, budgets, information about your location, phone numbers and addresses of your hotels, people you’ll be with, etc.
“I’m afraid.” – Why? I suggest writing down your fears and next to them, write ways to prevent them, or something that might help you get over them. My greatest experiences have been the ones I’ve been most afraid of.
I promise I have a comeback for every excuse. *Ariana Grande’s “thank u, next” starts playing*
The most important things I’ve learned in my 20 years of life are to not let fear stop me from doing something I love, and to follow my dreams. If your dreams are small and comfortable, that’s awesome! Go for them!! If they’re big and seem unattainable, thats okay!! Your only limitations are the ones you put on yourself, no matter your age.
Blast some music that peps you up, and reach for the stars, my friends.
Stop at nothing.
I’m in your corner, rooting for you all the way!
All the love,
P.S. What dream/goal are you working on? What’s your biggest dream? Comment below!