Travel Life: Have Your Cake and Eat It Too
You’ll have to excuse the cheesy title. My boyfriend made fun of me a while ago for never having heard the phrase “have your cake and eat it too,” so I felt compelled to use it. At the same time, I felt like it really fit the topic of this post. I wanted to take a moment to remind you that it is possible to travel and have a normal life.
The Travel Dream
I caught the travel bug while I was studying abroad in Japan. When I returned home, I found it incredibly difficult to return to the life I had before studying abroad. Instead, I began looking towards the next adventure I could possibly go on.
In doing that, I began following a lot of travel bloggers. I read about all the amazing places they had been and saw all the breathtaking photos they had captured. Then, I researched all the tips about how to travel for dirt cheap and live out of a suitcase.
I wanted to chase that dream so bad. I mean, how amazing would it be to make a living out of traveling the world?
Then one day, after returning home from a two week vacation in Hawaii, it hit me. Is traveling full time really something I would enjoy? After two weeks of adventuring, I was ready to go home and sleep in my own bed and eat my usual junk food. Did I really want to be a full time nomad?
That’s when realization struck me like a slap across the face. Why had I believed that I had to choose between traveling extensively and having a desk job? It is quite possible to accomplish both. You really can have your cake and eat it too.
A lot of travel bloggers brag about quitting 9-5 jobs to become full time travelers. I think that’s absolutely incredible. Kudos to them for being able to accomplish what many other people only dream of doing. I’m not being sarcastic. I admire them, because I have realized that it takes a special type of person to be able to do that.
Yet, when you read all of these amazing stories, it’s easy to believe that you have to choose between having a 9-5 job or being a full time nomad. I wanted to take a moment to remind you not to fall into that trap!
Travel And Have A Normal Life
Every morning you have two choices: continue your sleep with dreams, or wake up and chase your dreams. Choice is yours. – Unknown
Time and again we get caught up in our own lives. I’m guilty of it too. I have big projects going on at work, plans with friends and family, and all sorts of other commitments. Once we start getting crazy busy, we often find ourselves wishing we could just get away for a time. Yet, how many people actually go on that get away?
Traveling takes effort. You have to decide where to go, things to do once you get there, where you are going to stay, how much all of it will cost, and so on. Going on a “getaway” never happens because planning it all just adds extra work on top of our already busy lives. It remains nothing but a dream.
Truth is, planning a getaway doesn’t have to be a super stressful experience. If you start planning far enough in advance, you can spend just a few minutes a day working on planning your getaway, and then spend the rest of the day doing whatever else you need to do. Before you know it, your plans will all be coming together.
Don’t convince yourself that you have to be a full-time nomad to enjoy the wonders of the world. Stop letting travel be just a dream. Decide to start chasing those dreams.
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