Couple of days ago, I found an article online by Nellie Huang (http://www.wildjunket.com). Nice writing. I find myself somewhere on the article. My fav quote is
Travel has played such an integral role in our lives: it’s brought us together as a couple, it led us to several lifelong friendships and it taught us many important things in life. It is how we learned about ourselves, each other and how we fit within the greater world. Most importantly, it’s a journey of personal growth.
I have been visiting almost 25 countries, more or less. I have my own lessons, and some are similar to Neille as well.
Traveling doesn’t have to be expensive:
Dorms, hostels, motels, etc. I love to spend my nights at those accommodations. I do not mind about sharing toilets and bathrooms, as long as they are clean. I do not mind about noise made by those travels as I know that I can make friends and find out some interesting info for my trips, or even can have a short term travel buddy to explore a part of the world. My priority when I look for those places: secured, clean, easy going. However, sometime in a while, I am deserved to have a nice sleeping place. When I am on business trip, I get myself a nice hotel room with reasonable price and comfortable queen size bed It is just not my life travel style though.
I am backpacking since I start to travel. I can find myself adjust quite easily when I manage to have a few clothes with me. Basically, I am not that girlie. I do not mind that much about fancy hair style or girlie make up every day. My most important things I have to carry all the time: passport, credit cards, camera, journal, Google phone. Other things can be bought easily. My on-da-road life is very simple and I do not spend much time thinking about my stuff (lost them or leave them somewhere). Simple life. Light travel. Go farther.
No Fear to Dream:
Back to my high school time, I had a dream to travel. At that time, I had no idea what I really wanted to go. I just knew I needed to go out of my city to see how big the world was. I did not get any chance to do it until 2007. I took my first flight to Ha Noi – Vietnam’s capital – from Phu Quoc island. In 2008, I got my first passport. I was sent to some short business trips to Cambodia. That is my closest neighbor country I went – my first abroad trips ever in my life. Then, I believed that I could make my dream come true if I worked hard and seriously on it. Continuously, I keep traveling since then. I work to save up money. I read to gather info about destinations I want to visit. I join Couchsurfing to join backpacking networking. Lucky me. I choose to work in hospitality industry which can allow me to have more info than other jobs. I have a great family who always supporting me. I have great friendship around the world Those parts are counted to my come-true travel dream. Everyone has dreams. Dreams are just dreams without any action taken seriously.
Dreams keep us motivated and alive, so don’t ever give up on your dreams. Even if things don’t work out, you’ll realize how much you’ve learned and grew along the way.
Destiny lies in your hands:
That’s is very true. Do not let anyone BSing you about this. I was told to graduate and get a stable job to make my life comfortable when I was younger. I was told not to travel as a solo. I was told many things and I at some moments almost believed I should have followed those words. Remember that you control your life. You cannot know how far you can go. Do not blame for fate. Get out of comfy zone. Catch chances. Work determinately.
Fear – Let it out of your way:
Honestly, it is way to hard to do than to talk. At the beginning, I could not get over my fear of going to water. I left all coastal destinations out of my list. I was scared that I could not find any job when I got back home. I was scared that my family got mad at me (obviously, they did). I was scared that my freelancer and part time jobs could not afford my trips. Later, I knew that was my loss. So, try slowly to face your fear. Take it easy. Step by step.
See fear as an opportunity, a guidepost of sort to identify your problems and solve them efficiently.
The list of what I have learned is still getting longer and longer. So far, those are big lessons and changed me quite a lot.
Follow your dream smartly and bravely!
Follow Your Dreams
Let’s put it in a picture like this one
Dreams and You