Preparing for Travel

Preparation for travel goes far

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beyond just packing up a few bags to take

with you. There are all the things that go

into planning a  trip, making sure your visa

is in order, having enough money put away,

ect. But how does one truly prepare for longer

term travel? It’s both an exciting and difficult thing to do.

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I look around the now bare walls of my room and remember all the things that use to hang on them. The action figures, posters, and other collectible trinkets. Things that were cool, but overall pretty meaningless in the long term outlook. They represented things I liked and was into, both currently and in an older time, but they didn’t do much in showing who I was. Perhaps that’s why I had such an easy time cutting ties to those things and selling most of ’em. Sure it sucked thinking that one day I wouldn’t have as many old action figures to give to my kid, but rather I was trading those for stories and lessons I could teach him one day instead.

It seems like when you prepare to go abroad for a long period of time you have to under go an odd transformation. At least I did. You look around and realize that you won’t be seeing the things your familiar with, or be around the people that you’re use to interacting with on the daily. For a brief time that can be scary.

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You begin to rid yourself of baggage that is holding you back from your travel. Selling things, perhaps isolating yourself because you don’t want to face the reality of not seeing your loved ones for so long. Maybe you even feel guilty you won’t be seeing then for such a long time, like your somehow betraying a relationship. These are all just bumps in preparing for the future though.

Seeing things in a far away place are far from the only things that happen when you travel. You grow, learn and broaden your horizons. It’s the times in your life when you come into yourself unlike any other time.Now perhaps this stems from having to be more independent and responsible. Because traveling is no easy process. It requires you to stay on your game. To manage your hostels, figuring out how to navigate a new city. Or how effectively see a city for your budget. It changes you as a person, even if you didn’t mean for it to. But that’s one of the beautiful things about travel, that growth.  

This preparation can be a fickle sort of thing though. Often times through the process I even second guess myself. Wondering if this is the wisest thing to be spending money on, or if there is something more “responsible” and acceptable that I should be striving to do. I wonder if I’m not just being some foolish 20 year old kid chasing silly dreams.

Then I think of the alternatives. Think of the things I could rather be doing. Saving for a car, maybe start paying back some student loans earlier then I need to, get a real job. But I couldn’t bring myself to betray myself like that. For I’m capable of traveling now, and in a time of my life that allows me to. Where as I don’t know if I’d be able to later. I also know I’d hate myself for the rest of my life if I didn’t take these opportunities now.

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So I’m taking them. Taking the leap. Being bold and proactive. The future is the future. Something to be aware of, but not something to keep inactive and petrified over. So things will move forward, and this dream will continue to evolve, and I can’t wait to see where it goes next.

21 responses to “Preparing for Travel

  1. “…I even second guess myself. Wondering if this is the wisest thing to be spending money on, or if there is something more “responsible” and acceptable that I should be striving to do.”

    Do not let other people influence how you live your life :) So much of who I am is built off travel and the love I have for it. Ever since I started traveling often, I find myself “needing” less STUFF. People like you and me would much rather spend our money on EXPERIENCES rather than things.

  2. I have three kids now all under three (I’M 33) ,my life is filled with annoyingly short sleep patterns, work, crying and nappies, then repeat this again for the following day, the idea of traveling, even planning a trip sounds like a different world right now, I did spend time traveling around Australia and Asia when I was younger, Asia is ace if you are going low on funds, biggest mistake I made was not planning enough, and enjoying too many beers in too many bars, If I was smarter I could have traveled for longer and seen more of the world, one day your freedom with me no more, make the most of it :)

    • Definitely will try to enjoy and get the most in whilst I can :) But speaking of Asia I’ll be around that area this summer/ upcoming year, any gems that I should make sure I don’t miss out on? Trying to compile a nice list right now. But Yeah I’m going to try to put off the whole growing up thing for as long as possible, not because I’m not responsible or anything but because I like the life I’m living now, but all in due time I suppose. Thanks for stopping by though!!!

      • Thailand is probably the most Western friendly, avoid Pattaya if you do visit but do visit Chiang Mai in the north and visit the highest peak in Thailand (Doi Suket) we paid £80 a month for a room in the north or £2.00 a day for some very basic rooms, other places worthy of visit there would be Bangkok, if you visit all the parks they are free but when tracking down each park you will get to see the real Bangkok via the Skytrains, Motorbike taxi’s and Tuk tuks, Koh Chang was great, lots of parties on the beach without too much sleaze, Phuket is worth a look at but I would not recommend staying more than a week, it is a big tourist trap and you will get tired of it quickly, we didn’t book anywhere in advance, we just went from street to street asking for the best room rates, also nothing worse than paying over the odds for an average room, this way you can look before you buy. Hong Kong has a great vibe and is well worth a look, only negative is the cost, we paid £40 for a room that was not big enough to swing a mouse around, in fact in reminded me of a horror movie, although funny looking back now, Burma is getting rave reviews at present, the locals have got issues but I am told this is the new Thailand without it being over run by tourists and people trying to exploit tourists. whatever you do when you get to Asia, when they ask if this is your first time in their country always say no, if you reply yes they will try and rob you blind of anything they can, if it be Taxis, Bar bills, clothes…. you name it. have fun and message me nearer the time if you get stuck.

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