If you had a million bucks in the bank right now, what would you do with it?
As we were strolling through our hood this morning on our way to get our caffeine hit – we’ve been away for 3 weeks so we may as well hook ourselves up to an IV coffee drip! – we asked ourselves this question.
The answer? The same as it always is.
Well, more specifically on my part, I’d be whisking us away to that overwater bungalow in Bora Bora that has been on our vision board forever! One day, million bucks or no million bucks, that trip is happening.
Whenever we come home from some time away we relish in the things we miss about home (like our own bed…coffee…friends…coffee…breakfast food…coffee) but inevitably, the bug doesn’t take long to bite us again. Before you know it, we’re sitting in the airport lounge about to set off on yet another adventure.
Travel is our life. And we are very fortunate to be able to live our lives this way. Every single day I am grateful for the decision we made two years ago to leave the corporate world behind and start this blog. No regrets whatsoever.
There have been many inspirational moments and experiences that have filled the past two years. But when we break it down to the things that continue to bubble under the surface and inspire us to say yes to new adventures time and time again, it’s always the same few things that have us completely hooked on travelling.
Here’s why you should travel the world right now. Because really, there’s no better time than now, but you may need a little inspiration to help you along. 😉
For us, other people are our number one inspiration when it comes to travelling the world. Almost every single travel experience or decision we’ve made traces back to a conversation with a friend, a fellow travel blogger or a random person we’ve met along the way.
From the dude who inspired Elaina to cycle her bicycle from China, through Cambodia and into Vietnam to our amazing osteopath Claire who gave us the idea to escape to Sri Lanka for a month which turned out to be the trip that inspired us to start this blog. It’s always people who give us the most insight and ideas when it comes to seeing more of this amazing planet. People are a big part of the reason we don’t plan in advance. Asking a local for advice trumps the guidebooks every time!
Word of mouth is the most powerful form of marketing for a reason. After all, it’s why people choose to read things like our blog in the first place and why they ask for help on social media when planning their annual holiday or round the world adventure. People continue to be our most trusted source of information. The best way to learn about something is to talk to someone who’s actually been there, done it and got the souvenir t-shirt!
There are many places we are still itching to get to because of the incredible stories we’ve heard. Like when we met the most amazing lady called Penny in Sri Lanka while glamping under the stars in Udawalawe National Park. She told us how she and her best mate would head to Turkey each year to walk the Lycian Way. Immediately, we added it to our list of things we wanted to do. Why? Because it sounded awesome! There’s something about the passion and excitement of a fellow traveller when sharing their experience with you that just makes you go, “that’s it! I have to go there and do that!”
Think about it. You’ve probably done the same thing, heard about an amazing trip your friend just did and immediately you want to do it too…or maybe you wanted to, but never did it…or haven’t yet!
In the same respect there are other stories that make us feel so, so grateful that we get to roam this planet freely and easily. On our recent trip to Cuba, our walking guide Janet told us how she has been refused a visa for all but a handful of countries. Even though she is desperate to see more of the world, she can’t. She can’t even visit her brother who lives in the USA. When I heard her story I was like, wow. It’s so easy to assume that everyone has it as easy as we do but when you meet people and listen to their stories, you start to understand what the world is really like.
From our experiences travelling the world we’ve discovered that you can never truly understand life in other countries by simply reading a book about it or watching stuff on TV, or worse, the news! Unless you’ve had first hand experience of something, you can never fully comprehend it. Meeting people all over the world will be the best form of education you can ever have.
Moral of the story, if you’re looking for real inspiration when it comes to travel, talk to people. Forget what your parents told you about not talking to strangers. We talk to them all the time and that’s what constantly inspires us to get off our asses and see the world!
In a digital world filled with feeds, snaps, tweets and shares, it’s no surprise that photography captures so much of what we love about our travelling life. Our recent trip to Cuba had a massive impact on us due to the fact that we were cut off from the Internet for a full five days.
For some, this would immediately bring on a panic attack and cold sweats but we relished in the opportunity to disconnect and step back in time. It was so refreshing to be in the moment 100% of the time and have no concern for likes, comments and notifications for a few days. And in a place like Cuba it really did feel like a real life time capsule.
That said, we still took our camera everywhere with us…and definitely had our Instagram hats on a few times while we were snapping away. Occupational hazard I guess. It’s something that can often make us feel torn when we are travelling. The reason we travel in the first place is to disconnect but then you find yourself leaning up against a wall looking off into the distance in the effort to ‘capture the moment’. Come on, we’ve all done it! Or is that just us?! [insert embarrassed emoji here]
So why do we choose to capture the moment on camera? The same reason we scroll IG looking for our own inspiration.
There’s something indescribable about travelling. The feeling you get when you first arrive in a new place. The smells. The sounds. The hustle and bustle. The peaceful calm. Every experience is unique. Photos capture just a little piece of the moment and give you something to reflect on for years to come. And if you’re like us, it’s why we look at other people’s photos. To be inspired!
Gone are the times of flipping through the family photo album or sitting through an endless slide show of your uncle’s recent cruise around Europe (#totallyuninspiring). Now we get to share our experiences with the world in real time through photos and even live video and we can curate what we see and what we choose to share. I mean how incredible is that?! Technology makes it so easy for us to share our experiences with the world now, which is seriously cool.
My first travelling experiences were before digital cameras and Facebook, yep, I’m old. Who else remembers those times?! Way back when you had to get your holiday snaps developed and email was this brand new way to keep in touch with people back home. I remember my first ever visit to Sydney. All I had was a disposable camera and when I got my shots of the iconic Sydney Opera House developed they were all blurry. I was devastated (or should I say devo’d?!). Little did I know, just few short years later, I’d be able to upload a photograph to an ‘app’ called Instagram and share it with the whole world. Crazy.
Capturing our travel moments on camera means we can look back for ourselves and reminisce AND inspire everyone else to get out there and experience travel for themselves…and that is the best thing about what we do!
Nothing has had a bigger impact on my own personal growth more than travelling. Ask anyone who has travelled a lot and they will likely say the same thing.
For lots of us, travelling stretches the comfort zone and encourages you to do things that you would never normally do. Like throwing yourself off a bridge, or jumping out of a plane, swimming with dolphins or cage diving with great white sharks. Travel allows you to experience the extraordinary and once you’re hooked there’s no going back.
As St. Augustine said, the world is like a book and those who don’t travel read only one page. I’d say that’s pretty accurate.
I think about what my life was like before I really started to see the world and live in different countries. Even though I was happy and content, there was so much more I wanted to do with my life, but I didn’t even know it.
Travel opens your eyes to a whole new way of thinking. You can dream bigger and get really clear on what you want your life to look like when you remove yourself from the ‘normal’ and ‘familiar’. Even though it can be scary at first, it is so worth it. To feel the fear and do it anyway can change your life.
If I could go back and talk to my younger self, I would tell her not to worry about stuff like job titles and salaries and focus more on seeing the world, being yourself and being happy. Do the things you want to do, spend time with those you want to spend time with and don’t make decisions based on what other people want.
When you travel you begin to realise that as human beings we’re all pretty much the same. We all essentially want the same things. There may be huge distances between us, but deep down, we’re all just doing the best we can with what we have.
Some of the happiest people in the world are those who have very little. Collect moments, not things. Memories last a lot longer than a new handbag or pair of shoes.
If you want to travel, do it. Discover what inspires you and do more of that. Don’t look back and think ‘what if?’ Look back and think ‘what a fricking epic time I had doing all that!’ It’s never too late to have an adventure…so go have one!
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain
What inspires you to see the world? More importantly, where are you heading next?