Playing a game of soccer in Havana, Cuba

Playing a game of soccer in Havana, Cuba

 

Why travel?

So you think you might want to travel?  Congrats, that's the first step of your potential new amazing journey.  We all come from different places and have different priorities and goals in life, which is absolutely cool and what makes the world go 'round, but I'd like to take just a few moments to try to persuade you to take a chance and see what else might be out there.  We truly believe that everyone can learn something from the experience, be it positive or negative.  We also firmly believe many of the problems we’re facing in the world today (ahem, Trump) stem from a fundamental misunderstanding of one another.  Traveling is a step towards remedying this.

The thing about traveling is you don't know what you'll find until you find it.  The general thought was that we would take a year to "figure out life" and ultimately return home, find jobs, and life would go on.  After a few months it became pretty clear that our plans would be shifting.  The people we met and the things we began to do and see after settling in Australia made the thought of going home so soon seem impossible.  For me, the biggest change in my life was the sheer amount of freedom I felt I had gained by leaving.  No longer was anything in particular expected of me.  And I don't mean that in a total lack of responsibility way.  It's just that, culturally, being in Australia exposed me to an entirely different way of thinking about life and working to live, rather than the other way around.  But I only bring it up as a very particular example about why I'm still traveling and what I've began to gain from it.  Your experiences will vary in ways you can’t possibly imagine sitting in front of your computer or smartphone right now.  Leaving one’s comfort zone has a funny way of providing the space to re-examine the decisions and direction that have gotten her to this point.

 
Athens, Greece as seen from the Parthenon

Athens, Greece as seen from the Parthenon

 

There are two positions someone may find themselves in when deciding to travel:

  • You don't know what you want to do with your life and you're looking for your next step or
  • You do know what you want from life and are set on a particular path

Unsurprisingly, I would urge both types of people to take the chance.  If you're feeling stuck or in a rut, traveling can open up your world, exposing you to things that will lead you in a new direction.  Seeing new people, places, and ways of living may allow one to stumble upon new interests and passions.  It is often fear that holds one back from taking the leap, but nothing has ever been gained from playing it safe.  The benefits to be gained far outweigh any risks.

Now you may very well be the sort of person who has had a set vision of her life for a very long time, and for that I applaud you.  It's admirable to have a direction, and it has likely gotten you to this point.  It wasn't until the end of my college career and, really, moving away that I began to question everything.  And that's why I would recommend someone with a pretty good idea of her life's trajectory also travel.  How exactly do you know what you'd like to do for the rest of your life?  Maybe you've had an internship or know someone in the same line of work.  That's all good, and if it's really what you want from life, it will still be there in the future.  But what if it isn't really what you want?  What if it's just all you know?  It's probably worth asking yourself those questions. 

Whatever you decide and whichever path you choose, I support that.  The optimal decision for each person varies, and I absolutely do not have it all figured out.  We simply want to share our experiences and encourage others to find their happiness.  If you do decide you would like to take the chance, your travel can be to anywhere and for any length of time.  We've traveled before and just happen to be in Australia now, but it's far from the end of our journey.  It doesn't really matter where you go or for how long, but I promise you'll change.