When it comes to “bucket list” travel, what are you waiting for? More time? More money? Tomorrow?
Waiting for more time is an oxymoron.
“Time is a construct, in relativity, everything flows, no past or present, only the now.”
–Kate Atkinson, Life After Life
Well said, Kate! All we have is now, right now. I’m constantly trying to remind myself not to waste time as it is a commodity that you cannot purchase, trade or alter. Time does not care if you are rich or poor and pays no heed to where you come from, what you look like, or what you believe in. Time is aloof but yet so very precious. Every second that you are alive, you are as young as you’ll ever be and one second closer to the great beyond. Talk about an incentive to live, experience, share, explore, discover and celebrate now.
Money. Ahhh, now that’s a touchy one.
“The things you used to own, now they own you.”
–Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club
No one ever thinks that they have enough money, but in so many cases, it all depends on your priorities. If travel is a priority to you, then make the changes in your life that will facilitate the travel.
Last year, I took stock of my life and figured out what I needed in order to continue to travel and run a travel-related company. The answer was simple: Be any place where I could get an internet connection and be near an international airport. I then sold, gave away or trashed 90 percent or more of all my earthly possessions. Now, everything I own fits into four bags.
I miss none of the things that I got rid of and can’t remember most of what I owned. I feel liberated because I have less to worry about. Having done this has allowed me to have more of a budget for personal and business travel. Now, is this something everyone can do or should do? Of course not. It was the right thing for me to do because it fit my life’s priorities.
Having priorities means making big decisions and sacrificing. I don’t need or want a car, have no interest in owning a home, and I think twice about every purchase I make. Once again, these are my life choices and these choices are contingent on my priorities.
I’m often told how “lucky” I am because of the travel I do. Whenever I hear those words, I cringe a little, knowing that luck has nothing to do with it. Travel, like everything else of any value in our lives, is a privilege and not a right. I’m fortunate to have good health, but I work hard to create the travel opportunities that I live and share with other like-minded travelers.
What are you willing to do to make your travel dreams come true?