dance, sing, floss and… travel?

dance sing floss and travel

What?! Travel?! Who does that these days? We don't have enough time, and we certainly don't have any money!

Actually, if you look on the average 18-39 year old's facebook profile, most of them consider traveling as one of their interests. We all know that tourism has decreased dramatically in the past couple of years. If most of us love to travel, why aren't we doing it?

I believe it's because we've stopped allowing travel to be a priority. Do you remember the last trip you took for pleasure? Didn't you feel magnificent? Exhilarated? Alive? Me too.

That's why ever since I was 18 years old, I've gone on two vacations each year. This isn't because I have more money or time off than you. I've simply made traveling part of my goals. By setting and working toward your goals, you actually get to take the future into your own hands. Brian Tracy says, "You become what you think about most of the time." If that's the case, truly start visualizing yourself on that vacation you've been dreaming about. How does the sun feel on your skin? What does the music sound like? How does that piña colada taste? On my travels, I've created memories, started new relationships, strengthened already existing relationships and learned about cultures other than my own. I may not stay in an oceanfront suite every time, but I still get what I'm looking for out of each trip. Traveling gives me a strong sense of overall wellbeing. It is what fills my soul.

The first step is choosing the place you want to visit next. Once you make a commitment, everything else will fall into place if you let it. Just go with it, and you're guaranteed to come home with tons of stories and memories you wouldn't have experienced if you had stayed home.

"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime." -Mark Twain

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billie, i love this. people who think they can’t travel are just being reasonable!

put it in your goals and get on it!

Comment by tiffany a. — August 26, 2009 @ 8:30 pm

Billie, I love your perspective and goals… I have a question for you… who do you travel with? As a single 32, I don’t have many (read:any) friends who are either not married, or without kids. I have the time and am dying to travel… have you set out on your own? if so, what’s it like?

Comment by Carrie M. — August 26, 2009 @ 8:34 pm

Hi Carrie, Until I met my husband, I never minded traveling alone. It is a completely different adventure than traveling with someone else. I always found that locals are more willing to befriend you and invite you to really cool cultural/family events when you’re by yourself than when you have a partner tagging along. Do your research to make sure you’ll be safe, and just go. You won’t regret it!

Comment by Billie — August 26, 2009 @ 8:44 pm

Thanks for this posting Billie! I was literally JUST telling my friend that I wasn’t ‘able’ to take the trip I’ve been dreaming about because of material obligations…time…money…etc.

I’m back on track.


Comment by Dana P. — August 26, 2009 @ 9:13 pm

What amazing insight! I also have it in my goals to travel & it does get increasingly harder over the years to stay on track, however I recently realized it is just finding that place & saying I am going there at this time and the rest will take care of itself. Even if you don’t have the funds right then but you still manifest the trip you may find a willing benefactor or come into that settlement check that has been in the works. One thing that travel definitely does for me is open my eyes to the beautiful world we live in and makes me appreciate coming home. That’s why I so love that you ended with the Mark Twain quote! Well Done, Top Drawer!


Comment by Jacquie Witt — August 26, 2009 @ 11:49 pm

BTW- Mark Twain rocks.

Comment by liz — August 27, 2009 @ 12:00 am

Thanks for your comments, everyone. Miss you, Jacquie!

Comment by Billie — August 27, 2009 @ 5:02 am

Billie, this is so inspiring! I agree that travel is one of those things that falls by the wayside when money or time is tight. Travel is an investment in ourselves that we all deserve!

Comment by Morgan M. — August 27, 2009 @ 6:40 am

Billie – Great article.
I definitely agree that not enough people are making travel a priority in their lifestyle. I believe that travel is so important in the development of a person and gives us a better understanding of the world around us.

Comment by Meghan — August 27, 2009 @ 6:48 am

Billie, thanks for the kick start! I’ve always have “travel” in my goals – but I realised I was not being specific enough about it. I re-wrote my goals this morning thanks to you.

Comment by Carolyn — August 27, 2009 @ 7:05 am

I love this blog! Travel has always been a big part of my life and over the last few years I have also made it a priority to get away from home at least twice a year! I have also made the goal to not double book a vacation spot anymore! I’ve been there once, let’s try somewhere new now!

Happy travels all!

Comment by Ashley — August 27, 2009 @ 8:11 am

Billie, I agree with you 100% about the need to travel to help feed your soul. Mostly out of necessity, when you travel your sense are heightened and you’re more engaged in the simple, daily activities (e.g. coffee at a local cafe, a walk around the town square, etc.). This awareness not only helps keep you safe, but it also makes you feel so alive.

This past March I went to Honduras by myself for a week, and just booked a ticket to fly to Argentina solo in November of this year! There’s a sort of freedom in traveling alone; forget about being scared or lonely — you get to do whatever you want whenever you want! :) Traveling alone helps develop confidence and makes me so appreciative for what I have back home.

One of my favorite travel quotes: “A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.” – Lao Tzu

Thanks for a great post!

Comment by Mary — August 27, 2009 @ 9:20 am

thanks for the reminder Billie, I was just about to dip in to my travel savings account to buy things I don’t need!!!

Comment by Sheena — August 27, 2009 @ 9:56 am

i love this post!
i needed to be reminded of this. my travel plans have been pushed back, due to “life” but i want that to be my life!
thanks for the great post!

Comment by Elizabeth — August 27, 2009 @ 7:57 pm

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