Moving forward: it’s time to bring your travel inspiration to life

[us_message icon=”fa-pencil”]Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on December 17, 2017. Though everything still applies today, some items were edited/modified.[/us_message]

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!

Double inspired.

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.

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The next step? Analyse your inspiration.

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 ??

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You cannot do the same thing for a year — pinning and stalking what other travellers 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 contented of 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. Analyse, analyse, analyse. 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 endeavour 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.

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Make a move. Do not live watching other people do it.

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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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 travellers didn’t get to experience. Your story will be worth reading because that’s what travel does to people — they convert us to story-tellers. 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.

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What are your plans in order to achieve your travel goals?

Have you ever brought your travel inspiration to life? I would love to hear your story! Leave it in the comment box below!

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Trisha is one of those people who left their comfortable life to travel the world and learn about life. Her style is to stay in one place she likes for 3 months (or more) to know what it feels like to eat, cook, speak, and sleep in another culture that isn’t hers. She'd like to believe she's not traditionally traveling but she just chooses to be somewhere else all the time. In no particular order, her favorite cities in the world are Barcelona, Buenos Aires, Hong Kong, Mexico City, and Tel Aviv.

Comments

  • December 18, 2014

    Beautiful article. I’ve been watching people with envy for years, then the day I’ve decided to stop dreaming, my life changed. I’m not just inspired when I watch those Pinterest pics or blog post. I write the good ideas. And I don’t do a list of my dreams, but a list of the destinations I wanna go to this year. I really like your blog. It’s very inspiring!

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  • Ruby Escalona
    December 18, 2014

    Too bad I’m at work during your webchat (US Eastern time)

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  • Rhymis
    December 20, 2014

    It’s talking about me.

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  • December 22, 2014

    Oh yeah? Which places would you like to visit? Can i have a sneak peak of your list? Thank you for reading!

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  • December 22, 2014

    Ruby! We’ll be posting the replay and we’ll be scheduling other podcasts for different timezones.

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  • December 22, 2014

    Rhymis, never give up on your dreams. 😉

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  • December 22, 2014

    This year if I’m reasonable I would say Cambodia, China, Thaïland, North Japan and, maybe, The Philippines. If I’m not I’ll tell you that I dream about Alaska… 🙂

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    • April 25, 2017

      This is an inspiring post for anyone who’s been thinking about traveling for too long and hasn’t done it yet. The first step is the hardest, but once you go you’ll figure it out!

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  • Ruby Escalona
    December 22, 2014

    Yay okay, I’ll see if I can work from home rin so I can watch 🙂
    I’m the other type of traveler – the one who goes to work full time whilst living out a travel lifestyle too. Super hard work but it’s worth it 🙂

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  • December 26, 2014

    Well, I dream about Antarctica but it’s so expensive! Yes, go to the Philippines! You’re going to love my country, I promise you that!

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  • December 26, 2014

    Hopefully I’ll go check if you’re right soon!! 😉 But I have to admit I have no doubts, it looks wonderful…

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  • Ivy Fiecas
    December 28, 2014

    Hi Trisha, after reading your blog.. I suddenly booked flight last Dec 20 to Basco, Batanes – my dream destination. I spent four days visiting and touring the place. One of the best decisions ever because I got to fulfil my dream and walk over the majestic landscape I’ve been looking online for quite sometime. I trekked Mt. Pinatubo two days after and planning to go another mountain by next week. I’ll be going to Camiguin next month as well. I have listed places in the Philippines I want to see and one by one, I’ll try to accomplish them soon. I got your blog bookmarked! Thank you being an inspiration.

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  • January 8, 2015

    Ivy!!! When are you flying? That’s fantastic! I’ve never been and I am totally jealous right now. I hope you enjoy your trip and please, write about it!

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  • January 9, 2015

    This is wonderful advice Trisha. I love your blog and you’re a living example of how to be true to your own heart and follow your travel dreams.

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  • April 19, 2017

    This is such a wonderful blog post with such inspirational advice! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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  • Chrysoula
    April 22, 2017

    Excellent advice Trisha, we all tend to live our life through somebody else’s life. We have to take the step and live our dreams. It might sound terrifying at first but with small steps you can do whatever you want.

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  • Indrani
    April 22, 2017

    Sounded so similar to my feelings about reading other travel bloggers. 🙂 Guess we all go through that same itch.
    Very inspiring post!

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  • April 23, 2017

    Excellent advice. Our pendulum has swung the other way. We pack up and go at the drop of hat, often with too little planning. I love your encouraging words here, and starting small in your own country is a great idea to get people going.

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  • April 23, 2017

    Making a move is the most important part. Until and unless one doesn’t make the move and start traveling and exploring, one only gets motivated, makes mental plans and the next day , back to square one. And it runs on a loop until one takes the leap of faith and makes the move.

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  • April 24, 2017

    You are an inspiration! I am also a Filipina. I am hoping to get a Schengen visa soon. I have been dreaming of visiting European countries one at a time but I do not have enough money. Can you help me?

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  • April 24, 2017

    This is so true -Make a move. Do not live watching other people do it. I once told myself. Why should I just watch people move around me? I should travel too. I others can make, why can’t I? Aspiring is the first step in making your dream come true and it should not stop from that. You should make it a reality!

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  • April 25, 2017

    ‘Make a move. Do not live watching other people do it.’ Love this post! All your tips and advice are super relevant. Taking action is the most important part of the game.

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  • April 26, 2017

    A thought provoking piece. I guess I agree with you for the most part. By the way , looks like you also do time travel ..Ha Ha Ha. I am referring to the line which says “Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on December 17, 2017. .” Just kidding , I suppose it should say 2016.

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  • July 1, 2017

    Brilliant article and so interesting to read!!

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  • Priya Singh
    June 9, 2019

    Marvelous work!. The blog is brilliantly written and provides all necessary information I really like this awesome post. Thanks for sharing this useful post. 

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