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.
This is why the desire to encourage as many people to travel is a passion of mine. This is why I can’t go more than one month without an urge to wonder and a plan to wander. But unfortunately, the more this passion to see and experience different countries grows, the more I sense a misunderstanding from those around me.
“Didn’t you just go on vacation?”
“You need to stay on the ground for a while.”
“That can’t be financially healthy to travel that much.”
And though there’s been more people in my ear saying, “you inspire me to travel”, there’s also been a lot more naysayers, party-poopers, and haters.
And I might “travel too much” but you will never catch me saying “I’m going on vacation”. Because for one, vacation has the connotation of: excessive pleasure, luxury, and pure play. But travel for me has become more than that. It’s opened my eyes and has opened my heart. It’s rounded my edges and has given me a broader perspective on religion, cultures, environments, and opportunity.
For me, it’s education..because not all classrooms in this world has four walls. Some of life’s greatest lessons are learned from strangers or on foreign streets. So if you see me pop up in another country one day, just know it’s not for my pleasure. Because I could buy a cinnamon roll and get a back massage for a lot less if that’s all I was after. It’s about learning from other people and other ways. And if you think I’m insane, then please excuse me as I continue to lose my mind.
Do your thing. Do it every day. Do it 'unapologetically'. Don’t be discouraged by criticism. You probably already know what they’re going to say. Pay no mind to the fear of failure. It’s far more valuable than success. Take ownership, take chances and have fun. And no matter what, don’t ever stop doing your thing.