I’ve never been one to have a great deal of self control. Give me a buffet breakfast and I will roll out of there like Bruce Bogtrotter any given day of the week. There’s a common perception of travel as a luxury; a treat we should only enjoy in small portions — kind of like candy. But unless you’re one of the minority who can turn down a sweet treat like it means nothing (I don’t envy you and we can’t be friends), then you’re like almost all of the rest of us – you like candy. A lot.
Of course travel costs money and money requires work… Often hard work. But it’s like anything in life because you know that if you want it badly enough then you can have it, you just have to be willing to work for it first.
It all comes down to priorities. We are all given the blessing of making choices – and choices determine our path, our path determines our life, and our life is our legacy. Therefore your legacy is ultimately your choice – what people remember you for is entirely up to you.
But what about switching the focus from how others perceive you and instead looking inwards to how you perceive yourself. How is your outlook on life? What do you enjoy and what makes you happy? There can’t be an answer for everyone, so I’m not asking rhetorically – I’m seriously asking you to consider what makes you happy and more importantly, are you happy?
This year I set off on a one year journey around the world solo. It’s just me, my Canon DSLR, my blog to document my journey, and some 200,000+ readers per month. Crazy.
But if there’s one comment I can’t seem to shake and am horrendously tired of reading, it’s the “you’re so lucky!” claim. Really? Luck? You think I just hit the jackpot or won my lifestyle playing bingo? No amigo, I’m here by choice.
I chose to be happy.
I chose to follow my heart and give my head a rest after completing my university degree in 2014. I’m 22 years young and the lack of self control within me took over and I suddenly asked myself,
“why live a little when you can live a lot?”.
So I jumped out of a plane over Las Vegas.
I single-handedly rowed a boat on Lake Bled in Slovenia (and was really terrible at it, too).
I followed lions in the dark of night with a spotlight on safari in South Africa.
I drank French champagne in France.
I was robbed in Venice.
I visited Dracula’s castle in Romania.
I bought a business class ticket for the experience, even if it cost me more than my monthly budget.
I gained five kilos and stopped caring about a meaningless number on a scale. Because I love food. There, I said it.
I fulfilled my childhood dream of taking the Hogwarts express.
I faced my biggest fear and bungy jumped for the first time – off the highest bungy in the world.
I slept in a castle and watched Game Of Thrones just for the comedic value of it all.
I visited Bosnia & Herzegovina, a country off the beaten path, and convinced hundreds of readers to do the same.
I slept in a treehouse in the Kruger National Park and was kept awake half the night by hippos having loud conversations just a few metres away from me.
I sipped on Chinese tea with a Chinese man without having a conversation and learned more in those minutes of silence than I had from 80% of the conversations I had ever had in my life.
And I’m not finished yet. I’m not even halfway into my year travelling the world, LIVING my life more than a little… and perhaps even more than a lot. In the coming six months I will visit the Middle East, North America, South America, and Canada.
Sharing my journey with thousands of people around the world not only makes it more enjoyable for me, but it also means thousands of people can travel around the world, often to a few countries in any one given week, and not even leave their home. So what are you waiting for!? Follow the World of Wanderlust journey and see the world:
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