I’m sure everyone’s been there. After a particularly bad day at work, you’ve imagined yourself rushing home, haphazardly packing a small suitcase of clothes and essentials before dashing off to the airport and booking the first flight out. It would be exciting! Oh the possibilities… the adventures which await!
Then of course, most often than not..reality sneaks its way into the back of your brain and you realize while it IS possible, it’s not really a smart idea.
I think the best way to avoid this type of situation, is to find a balance between working and traveling. There’s no doubt about it. Travel is freaking awesome! It gives you a boost of confidence, makes you appreciate that there’s so much more to life than what we see on a daily basis. Hundreds of different foods to sample, thousands of songs we haven’t heard yet.. but if we only had the the chance, we would be dancing the night away.
Honestly, I have these thoughts all the time. More so, because I live on a tiny island in the Caribbean Sea. I can literally drive around my country in less than 2 hours. This creates the travel equivalent of ‘cabin fever’ and it doesn’t take much for me to feel anxious to jet off to a foreign destination. So, what are my options here?
I could take more weekend trips. At my job, when we get ‘called out’ on our day off, or we’re rostered to work on public holidays… we can either opt for payment in cash or two days off. Surprise surprise! I always take the days! So, with a bit of planning, I could easily take a small vacation for 3-4 days.
These mini holidays could fill the void while I plan for a Big Trip. Although one could argue that I would be wasting funds on mini adventures, rather than adding to my Big Trip savings… I believe in small rewards. For travel addicts, it is much easier to think ‘2 months to go before my weekend in Miami’ than ’10 months to go before I can get the heck out of Dodge!’
Research also helps to scratch the travel itch. I can easily submerge myself in hundreds of travel blogs. This provides me with the opportunity to visit far flung destinations from the comfort of my bed. Many bloggers have the magic touch which enables me to feel as though I am right there with them on the 20 hour bus rides or sipping cocktails on a deserted beach in the South Pacific.
At any cost, there has to be a balance. I’m not saying it’s easy. What I can guarantee however, is the fact that it’s worth the while! When something is a major priority in your life, you can and will do what is necessary to make it a reality. If you have any other ideas as to how I can live a life of frequent travel while maintaining a full-time job… I’d love to hear them! Safe travels to all!
Switzerland was one of those countries which I used to dream about. How beautiful it seemed, the gorgeous alpine views and the amazing Swiss architecture. I was also very much aware of the fact that Switzerland was one of the most expensive countries to visit in the entire world! However, when I started planning this trip, I was determined to visit Switzerland against all odds. In order to prevent myself from backing out, the first flight I booked for my Round The World trip, was my flight home from Switzerland! No going back now! I visited this dream destination, and boy oh boy!…. It was worth every effort it took me to get there!
I was honestly close to tears. All the hard work, all of the sacrifices, all the nights spent at home…. if I wasn’t already sure that it was worth it, this would have been the moment of revelation. There is no greater feeling, than the feeling you get when you actually realize… YOU DID IT!
Everything seems that much better, after you’ve worked so hard for it. You appreciate every smell, taste and all the sights much more, than if someone just handed you the experience.
Two of the main Switzerland attractions that called to me, were the Alps and the Architecture. I’ll do the Alps in my next post, but tell me, do you think these views weren’t worth it?? Swiss Architecture Rocks!!
Lesson Learned? Never give up on those dreams that mean the most to you. The things we have to fight the hardest for, are the things that will be most worth it in the end.