“I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.” – Robert Frost
The idea of traveling has been something that has fascinated me. While others embarked on gap year trips or saved up a few years working before going on a trip of a lifetime accumulating debt that will take years to repay after they return, I opted for the more traditional path hoping to travel later on in life.
Well for me at least the time of travel and seeing the world at large has come. The all too startling realization that life is not promised, and you never know when it’ll be taken away is something that is motivating me to travel while I’m young.
I got tired of feeling pulled into the false promise that has you putting your nose to the grindstone day after day. Working excessive hours just to enable you to have what others do not have. Instead I’ve decided that life is too precious so I’m going to live it as well as I can, and enjoy it at every opportunity.
1. Decide on your style of travel
“The tragedy in life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach.” – Benjamin Mays
The word travel has different connotations for different people. Some people prefer to lounge around a beach; others prefer taking tours and then there are those who see budget backpacking to rural villages as the ideal way to see another culture. By knowing your travel style it will make it easier to plan and if you are traveling with other people it will help you make sure that you are compatible.
For me the simplicity of backpacking around appeals to me. I haven’t done a backpacking trip before so it’s something that’s going to be a great learning curve for me. I will have to abandon my attachment to simple luxuries like having my own bathroom, my own room and general levels of comfort. But it’s a necessary sacrifice if I’m going to be able to go outside of the city and experience the countries I travel from a non-tourist type of perspective.
2. Decide on where you want to go
“When you know what you want, and you want it bad enough, you will find a way to get it.” – Jim Rohn
I’ve decided to take 6 months out and travel the world a bit. Deciding on which countries to visit can be a bit daunting as there is so much to choose from. I also didn’t want to do any tours so that at least takes away the option of city and country hopping that most tours seem to focus on.
I’m not a big fan of spending only 2-3 days in each country just to try and squeeze in as much as you can in as little amount of time as possible. While this certainly has great appeal for people who are time pressed, I have the luxury of time on my side.
So I’ve decided to spend two months in each of my regions. I will spend 2 months each in Asia, Europe and the United States. I will try to limit the time spent moving around so I will definitely be stopping in Hong Kong, Germany, Spain and in the United States (New York and LA). I will be using these countries as the home base for my travel and it will be used to explore my surrounding countries as I see fit.
3. Things I’d Like To See And Do
“After the game, the king and the pawn go into the same box.” – Italian Proverb
There is so much to see and do at the destinations I’ve decided on. Off course all the typical touristy things come to mind, drinking, partying and shopping. While these are all well and good I can do all these where I live now so why would I want to spend thousands of dollars to do it in someone else’s backyard. It’s a great shame that many tourist spots have been destroyed to cater for “tourists” and as a result many have lost their beautiful cultures and traditions.
The greater appeal for me with travel is to see and do what the locals do. I’d like to immerse myself in how they live their lives and maybe to get a glimpse of someone else’s way of life. I know that this won’t be achieved by hanging around the cities so I’d be looking to escape the tourist traps by and large.
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