You spent five hours pinning different photos of Rio de Janeiro, Paris, Johannesburg and Mongolia on Pinterest.
You actually made over 200 boards, by continent and places you’ve been dreaming about every night. These boards feel good to look at! You’re officially inspired.
Good. I started with that too.
You then came across a travel blog, explored it for hours and read each article you were interested in. Bookmarked. You are now following every post of that blog. You even subscribed to the newsletter and liked all the social media accounts. As the days pass, the Facebook posts become more and more exciting. You like every bit of it. You become an automatic liker because the photos are so beautiful to look at. You don’t even believe such place in the world exists. Pinterest is becoming more real on your perspective as you see this person who is actually in that place you like to pin a lot.
You developed a routine of doing this everyday. As soon as you arrive your work desk, you automatically go to that blogger’s page. You also added some other pages that inspire you to the bookmarks bar. OMG, I love her! I want to be like her! I want to travel the world!
A heavy breath. Heart beating fast. These travel bloggers are already haunting you. The more you discover that more people are doing it, the more your urge to see the world increases. You even tried to unfollow them for a time on Facebook but you just can’t help it. You go directly to their page every freaking minute.
Cosmo Magazine: “What can you share to fellow Filipinas who wishes to live a lofe of travel?” The will and enthusiasm to travel is always a bigger factor than the money. A lot of people I know have the money but never really tried to travel on their own because it’s pretty scary! In this age of crime and terrorism, we’re always told not to go here, there, anywhere—what are Pinays like us supposed to do? Sit on our couches and watch the world go by without us participating? Safety is a concern, yes. But if you are to listen to everything you hear on the news, or to people who haven’t even been to these countries, how can you tell your own story? We are unique individuals with unique lives. No one has the exact same life as me, or as you, or as your sister. The best thing to know how the world works is to go out there and try. #TrishaVxIsrael #Amirim #VibeIsrael #Israel // ? by @surf.the.sky ??
The next step? Analyze your inspiration.
You cannot do the same thing for a year — pinning and stalking what other travelers do on Facebook. The habit of updating yourself with other people’s lives will inspire you, of course.
However, the more you do it, the more you become content with just looking at their photos and not making a move. It’s comfortable. Photos are good to look at and somehow, you feel like living vicariously through these people.
But still, at the back of your head, you want to do it really really bad. What’s the next step? Turn that fire into fuel and move forward. Inhale, exhale. You’re alright. Relax. Think. Ask yourself the following questions:
- What inspired me to travel the world? (Obviously, seeing others do it. However, you might have another thing in mind.)
- What did I see that made my heart skip a beat?
- How did I feel about it?
- What can I do to live like them?
- Can I do it without holding back?
- What’s my first step?
Get a travel inspiration notebook. Write it all down. Analyze, analyze, analyze. Have a game plan. Put random thoughts. Talk to your notebook. Make it as an outlet. Treat it as a person.
During the first stage of wanting to travel the world, your friends and family will not understand how you feel about this endeavor but believe me, the notebook will.
Well, it doesn’t really respond back (that would be really creepy if a notebook can talk) but you will feel good about letting it all out.
Your emotions will be helpful in making the first move. Once everything is combined, read back. You will see it will slowly make sense even if they are just random words.
I hitchhiked to Buenos Aires, slept in a bus station in Curitiba (because I missed the bus), taught English to girls in a desert in Merzouga, stayed with a Sri Lankan family that doesn’t have a toilet, stayed at a random person’s home in Barcelona, learned how to cook amazing costeña food with a generous grandmother in Barranquilla, got very drunk in Pub Street, Siem Reap, lived a month in a trailer truck in Ica – I CAN BE WHOEVER YOU WANT ME TO BE. This is how I found the purpose of my travels. It’s not for the sights, the mandatory touristy circuit or the Instagram photos. What are you traveling for? Have you found your purpose? Were you able to understand the deeper meaning of travel? What does travel mean to you? If you can be whoever you want to be (I’m sure you can), then you can travel with me! This 2017, go somewhere very unfamiliar (I MEAN VERY) and share the beauty of this confusing world with me. Sign up for updates >>> http://eepurl.com/cINB9z #WorldCitizenPassport #TrishaVxIsrael #VibeIsrael // ? by @matanyatausig
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Make a move. Do not live watching other people do it.
You know what the problem is? We are so used to following other people’s lives that we forget about ours. No matter how much you say hateful things about the Kardashians, I know you still follow them. I mean who cares if Jennifer Lawrence has her nude photos scattered all over the internet?
Would you really waste time digging deeper into that? This is the nature of society that I fully accept but don’t want to apply to my life.
I beg you, to please stop creating an image-based lifestyle. Okay, fine, I really appreciate that you like my stuff and what I do.
I also want to thank you for following my journey on Facebook but what I do not like is that you’ve been doing it for months and I don’t even hear you reach out or seek help in making your travel dreams come true.
Will you spend all your life pinning travel photos, reading other people’s blogs, and endlessly following their life updates on social media?
Do it now and my best advice is to start small — travel to your country. Once you pull this off, YOU WILL BE UNSTOPPABLE.
When you go out there, believe me, you will have a different story to tell. You will have experiences that other travelers didn’t get to experience.
Your story will be worth reading because that’s what travel does to people — they convert us to storytellers. The places don’t matter.
It does not mean that I have a greater experience because I am in South America. Wherever you are, there you are. Amazing things will happen once you start moving and doing things to change your life.
I am not giving up on you and you shouldn’t give up on yourself, too.