I’m sure you’re sick of these articles by now. Usually, they’re full of fluffy phrases like:
“Do it now!”
“Travel when you have no money.”
“Travel to find yourself.”
“Travel to live longer.”
But, this isn’t an article convincing you why you should travel, and it’s certainly not going to convince you to travel when you have no money—it’s just my experience.
Everyone has a different reason for traveling, and my reason is simply… boredom.
I’m bored, and my impulsive personality gets extremely restless and antsy when this happens. When this combination occurs, usually I make a very stupid decision. In this case—stupidity is disguised in the form of a really awesome trip.
My friend basically said: “Let’s go to Thailand,” and, without any information, I agreed and we bought the plane ticket over.
Here’s the thing: I wouldn’t recommend going out on a limb and spontaneously buying a ticket to a place on the other side of the globe, but I had been putting off traveling for too long.
Here was the list of excuses I used:
- I have no money;
- I can’t book off that much time from work;
- I don’t know where to go;
- I’m too comfortable here; and
- I want to further my career.
All of these excuses worked for a while, until Facebook became a “travel-off competition,” and decorated Passports became something to show off. I felt like I was going to die without seeing the world. I was tired of snow, and I wanted to do what I said I was going to do after university—travel!
After university, you get stuck in a job and nothing ever happens. But, it’s your responsibility to make it happen, because traveling isn’t just something that plans itself out. At least, that was the case for me. If you have some genie travel planner out there working magic for you–I want your life, but, for the rest of us, it’s our responsibility to get ourselves out of the lamp.
So I booked the trip. My best friend and I had planned to go to Europe, but Thailand was cheap and exactly the kind of adventure we were both looking for. She had done her research and planned far more than I had, but I trusted her enough to go along with it.
I haven’t embarked on this spontaneous journey yet, but I will keep you in the loop. My advice for people with lengthy excuses is:
- Just book the trip! (It’s really that simple).
Once you book your flight—you’re in! Luckily, my bosses are cool and gave me the time off of work that I needed, but you need to take a risk to begin your journey.
And, about the whole money excuse, yes the Canadian dollar is low, but I have less bills to pay now than I will ever have in the future (I’m 24-years-old), and sometimes you just have to say f*** it! Experiences are always worth the money… in my experience.
So live a little more, eat a little more pizza, and book a spontaneous trip to Thailand. That’s my advice of the day! Enjoy living 🙂