There is no denying it, most people want to travel the world to see and do amazing things, well at least the sane people do anyways. And even still, tick items off your bucket list shouldn’t just be a dream that goes on forever.
A bucket list should be put into a reality and that is what I want to help you with today. To show you that you can tick items off your bucket list even if you have a few road blocks and wimpy excuses. These road blocks, deviations, wimpy excuses are all things that we can and will need to deal with and not because you may or may not want to, but because you need to if you are serious about living a fun filled and adventurous life of travel.
“There is too much terrorism in the world”
You know what, if this is what you think, then I suggest you take a step back and really think about that statement for a moment. Yea sure, there may be terrorism, but it is worldwide! That’s right; even if you do stay at home you can’t assume you will be 100% safe from terrorism or natural disasters for that matter. I mean, I live in Australia, one of the safest countries in the world and we have had acts of terrorism in our country too.
So before you let the media fool you into staying put, where you are ‘apparently safe from the baddies’. Be realistic, because at the end of the day what sort of a life is that to have, when you are too worried to even get out and live.
“No one wants to travel, I can’t just go on my own”
Why not? Who says you need somebody to travel with? There are thousands of people in this world who are out there right now, alone, seeing countries, meeting people, eating new foods, seeing new things, climbing mountains, swimming in seas and making new friends. Why can’t that be you?
Let me assure you, solo travel is fun! I have done it for years and I have gained friends all over the globe for doing it, people who I have shared the most amazing experiences with and memories I will never forget. I actually feel less lonely when I travel solo than when I do travel with mates and that is because you make new friends every single place you go.
So using excuses such as ‘I can’t go on my own’ is only going to affect you and will not get you any closer to being able to tick those items off your bucket list. Take responsibility and look towards yourself to do what it is you really want to do; relying on others is only going to burden your adventurousness.
Up Mt. Sinai in Egypt
“I really want to travel but I just don’t have the time”
Time. It’s one subject I don’t take lightly and that is because time is the most valuable thing anybody will ever have. It sends shivers down my spine when I hear people say they don’t have time for things that will make them happy. Instead they spend their time on work, time that they will never, ever, get back.
You can make as much money as you want, whenever you want. But you can’t make more time. So if you have something you want to do, or somewhere you want to see, do it before you run out of time because you can always come back and make more money.
“Well I can’t just leave my job, they need me and I could ruin my career”
It is sad, and it could be a little bit cruel, but, I do snicker when I hear such things. And if you have a light stomach, you should stop reading now because I am going to be even more brutally honest than I have been so far. You are VERY replaceable, each and every one of us is. Do you really think that the company you work for would not exist without you? In all fairness, business are business not because they are fair, but because they do what they need to do to keep running and making profits and either you or I could be kicked out onto the curb in a heart beat.
There is no longer any such thing as loyalty to employees and I find if you are a hard worker and get noticed, then what do you have to worry about? If you leave and they then realize how valuable you are, they are more than likely going to take you back upon your return anyway. This has happened to me over 5 times now, so don’t let those excuses stop you, if you work you’re but off and prove your worth, eventually, upon your return you will be rewarded.
“I can’t afford to travel, even if I wanted to”
STOP! Never say this. If you have ever wanted something in your life and saved for it, for example clothes, cars, jewelry, a phone or a computer, then you sure as hell can afford to travel. But only if you want it bad enough, just like you may have wanted your first car. If you wanted it bad enough, just like I did, you will stop spending your money on meaningless crap like new shoes every week or video games, lollies or whatever.
Not having enough money is the EASIEST EXCUSE IN THE BOOK and it makes me sick. If you have a job, you can save to tick items off your bucket list.
“I want to buy a house before I travel”
Ok that is fine, if you wish to dig your own grave, by all means get a loan for the shovel while you are at it. For those of you who want to buy a house, please remember when you go to get a loan for a house that may last up to 20-30 years. You will be paying the bank anywhere from $30,000-$200,000 JUST IN INTEREST!
That is like working for free for about 2-6 years! Who the hell would want to do that? I will tell you who, about 90% of the population of westerners, that’s who. So if you are really going to choose to buy a house, then you are right, you will never be able to tick items off your bucket list.
Which brings me to my closing statements.
How angry would you be at yourself if you finally got to be 60 and realized, “oh shit? What did I do with my life, why didn’t I go there and do this or see that and experience this?” It will be because you have side stepped around every possible way to tick items off your bucket list. And I call this pissed at 60; nobody wants to get to that age and think, dammnn, if only I could have done things (living life) differently.
Which is why I urge you. No, no. I beg you!
Every time you want to do something, think about how you will feel in the future. Think whether you will be glad you let those opportunities slide or whether you will be stoked that you stood up to the plate and went for it anyways. And even if that experience wasn’t what you thought it would be. Wouldn’t you rather die knowing, seeing and doing, than to never know at all?
But what it all really comes down to at the end of the day is what you want most. If you really, really want to travel you will. Just like if you really, really want to pass school and college or really want to get a job, you will do that if it is something you want to do more than anything else.
So if travel is not for you, please don’t kid yourself. Although on the other hand, if you could easily give up most things in your life to go and gallivant the globe, then do so and stop being such a wimp about it.
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And, most importantly, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition, they somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” – Steve Jobs