Sometimes travel doesn’t feel like a choice.
For some, the urge to explore the world and break away from the banality of daily life in exchange for adventure is so intense that travel becomes almost inevitable.
Not everyone is satisfied following the typical route through life: from school to college, to university, to job, to family and so on.
Moving through life with itchy feet and a disdain for the mundane, it can seem that life is missing something- as if it’s lacking some vital ingredient. The dream of travelling burns ever brighter. You owe it to yourself to make it happen!
Read on for my thoughts on your travel dreams, and why I’d wholeheartedly encourage you to turn them into a reality.
Why Your Dream About Travelling Makes Sense
There’s a horrible ordinariness to life, to which we’ve managed to grow accustomed.
Yet, this formulaic pathway that society has adopted over time acts like a funnel: pushing, guiding and goading us all in the same particular direction with little room for manoeuvre. We get lulled into a state of inertia.
Remarkably, it goes accepted and unchallenged by the vast majority of us.
Choose not to fight against the current, and we risk waking up one day with our best years behind us, staring at ourselves in the mirror, looking around in confusion, wondering how we got there and what the hell happened.
The thought terrifies me.
I can think of no better way to really experience life. For some, travel is the only way to really experience it. Can you relate to these ideas? If so, then don’t hesitate. Make it happen. Turn your dream about travelling into a reality.
Living the Addictive Dream of Travelling Abroad
There’s a truly addictive quality to travelling.
It can become a compulsion from the word go. Everyone’s heard of the ‘travel bug’ and I believe in it wholeheartedly.
I also wonder if there’s an equivalent for someone yet to experience it though- a form of ‘pre-travel bug’ that leaves its victim yearning for exotic experiences in faraway lands. When I was younger I was drawn to the notion of travel before I fully understand what that meant.
These days, it seems that travel is on most people’s to-do list.
Perhaps, in an age (in privileged Western countries) where life expectancy and retirement age are only going up, the thought of being stuck in a dead end job forevermore becomes increasingly unpalatable.
The thought, act and dream of travelling abroad are all powerful antidotes to concern over an unlived life.
More and more people are breaking the norm: stepping out into the world in favour of something greater than the forced early starts, the morning coffee and commute, the lectures, the meetings and office computers.
We’re replacing the constant work-life imbalance with personal autonomy. We’re swapping the 9 to 5 grind with world travel.
The Reasons We Dream About Traveling the World
There are all sorts of reasons someone might dream about traveling the world.
For one thing, humans are meaning seeking beings that struggle without a sense of purpose. We all have our outlet- our ‘raison d’etre’: that thing, or those things, that provide the meaning to our lives.
For some this might be going to the gym, playing for a sports team, eating healthily; reading novels, doing artwork, eating in nice restaurants, going to gigs, performing/watching comedy- or anything else.
For others, it means travel.
Deterred by a ‘normal life’? Yet to find your ‘raison d’etre’? I encourage you to take your dream seriously and travel as soon as you can.
You might not need much persuasion!
Like I said at the beginning, sometimes travel doesn’t feel like a choice. For whatever reason, whether it’s disdain at the thought of moving passively through life or anything else, travel can hold a huge allure that drives us towards it.
Time to Turn Your Travel Dreams Into Reality
There is no ‘one way’ to live fully- no objective truth to what it means to live a good life.
It’s different for everyone. Yet, if there’s a problem, go fix it. If you feel frustrated with home, compelled to break away from what is known and are excited and impassioned by the prospect of the exotic, well then...travel, travel, and keep on travelling.
Hopefully, this piece has helped you make better sense of your dream about travelling. And, more importantly, I hope it will inspire you to make all of your travel dreams come true!
Have a dream of travelling abroad? Where do you want to go first?! Let me know in the comments.
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