If you speak to those who are nearing retirement and ask what they wish they had done more of in their lifetime, I’m sure many would reply with spending more time with family and friends; and to have seen more of the world.
In fact, I’m sure many of us dream of travelling. We all have aspirations, hopes and travel bucket list scribbles. From skydiving in New Zealand to the nostalgic thrills of Disneyworld in Florida, helping Orangutans in Borneo or perhaps horseback riding in Kentucky. But how many of these dreams do we actually fulfil?
I spent a few months travelling after graduating from university and I always say that it’s the best money I’ve ever spent (aside from buying my dog!) The memories are priceless and will last forever. It’s true when they say it broadens your horizons and teaches you lessons that a 9-5 never could.
But these whimsical thoughts of packing a bag and boarding a flight are always interrupted by two things: money and commitments. We can’t escape them, try as we might. We settle, find a job, buy a mortgage and fall in love. While we can tell ourselves we will live that dream one day, who’s to say we will have more money, or time, when that comes either? We are bound by thoughts of sensibility and life’s daily commitments, and yet surrounded by photographs and inspirational quotes that unashamedly tell us to take a risk, quit our job and see the world.
So, who do we listen to? What advice should we follow? It is well and truly a heart and head scenario.
With one friend travelling and another seriously considering the prospect, I feel as though that travel bucket list of mine needs a few more ticks too. Perhaps not this year, or maybe even the next, but I’ll keep it beside my bed to ensure those dreams of wanderlust do come true soon.