Who doesn’t want to travel the world for 6 months, a year, 5 years at a time? If you're reading this post I'm assuming you do, I know I do and I did for 6 months. It was amazing. We met great people, visited beautiful locations and enjoyed unbelievable experiences. It was a dream come true and I don't regret a moment of it. However, traveling long term does have its drawbacks and it may not be for everyone. Let me tell you why.
Today is the anniversary of when we set off into the world, not knowing what to expect but excited about the journey that lay ahead. This would be the longest either one of us has been away from home, the first time away from our families for the holidays and the longest trip we’ve taken together as a couple. As you can imagine, a trip like this can and will change you. It will change how you view the world around you, how you treat relationships back home and think about what you truly value in life. You’ll find out things about yourself and what your are truly capable of when you travel the world. Here are some lessons I learned when I traveled the globe.
When we started to plan our 6 month backpacking trip last year we knew we had to hop on a train to travel around Europe. Every travel blog we read, people we have talked to, all of them have said that traveling Europe by train is a must. Who are we to argue? We purchased our Eurail passes from Rail Europe and set off to explore the European continent.
Hiking the Inca Trail in Peru was one of the best experiences of our 6 month backpacking trip last year. Actually it is one of the best experiences of my life. As I hiked the trail I would just look around and be amazed by what I saw. Beautiful snow-capped mountains, lush jungle, massive flowing rivers and waterfalls. Never in my life did I think I would ever step foot in this part of the world, yet here I was.
Before we set off on this adventure I did read about some experiences from other travelers who set off on this trek. I read about their experiences but I didn’t come across anyone who actually prepared you for this 4 day, 3 night journey. While the tour company does a decent job of informing you of the necessities, it does leave out some things that could make your hike more comfortable and enjoyable.
I didn’t wake up this morning intending to write this article. But in light of recent events I felt compelled to write something, to get out what I was feeling. I’m not an emotional person, some may even call me a robot, but once in a while I feel something (I think it’s called emotions). Since, this is my blog I feel that this is a great outlet for me and hopefully this helps someone reading it.
Death has a way of making you see life in a different light. I remember losing my aunt to cancer and that was one of the worst moments in my life. It was also one of the driving forces in making my decision to leave my job and travel the world for 6 months. I think she’d be proud of my decision. She told me life is short, live it. And so I did. Laurie and I took off and explored the world. It was the most amazing experience of my life. And then we returned home. It’s so easy to get caught up in the rat race, in the northeastern mentality of more money, more things. You almost tend to forget what you learned and swore to hold onto from traveling overseas. Then life hits you again. You experience another death, this time of someone younger than you, someone full of life and you’re stuck standing there just thinking, “What the fuck?”. How? Why? And those words come back to me “Life is short, live it”.
So here is my advice to anyone reading this: Travel While You’re Young.
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