They say you should travel when you’re young. Before you have bills, debt, children, a mortgage, a job, marriage etc. I took that advice and traveled a few times in college to some neat places. The problem is that I refuse to give it up. Yeah, of course you should travel when you are young, but once you get a taste of traveling its hard to settle down and give it up. Why do we have to stop? The truth is, for most people there is no choice. They simply can’t afford to travel or the complicated logistics of arranging a trip, especially when you have a family, make it impossible.
It doesn’t have to be that way though. When you have the will, you can make it happen. My father and mother raised three children and managed to take us on long road trips across the United States. They were usually work trips that my father was required or volunteered with the Navy Reserve, but he did what no other men were doing: he brought his family along with him. A week in Florida for the Navy was a chance for him to pack up the kids in an RV and stop at national parks along the way. Stipend money for his airfare? He would request gas money instead. We ate fresh shrimp and salmon. We took pictures inside of trees in the Redwood Forest. We saw buffalo and geysers at Yellowstone. My dad made it happen, and I am going to make it happen.
I have prioritized paying off debt for the last 6 months and let me say it has been torture to put something ahead of traveling. I can’t imagine being so stuck for the rest of my life that I can’t dream, plan, and visit my next destination. My brain has been in swirls of confusion about the choices I have made and how they have allowed or prevented me from doing what I love the most. I have to build a better life for myself, I have to do something unique, and over the last 6 months I think I have developed and started creating a mental plan of what that life would be like. Lets see how it goes 🙂
Are you making your dreams come true? Tell me about it.