A couple of days back I came across an article on my Facebook news-feed wherein the author focused on how ‘do not worry about money just travel’ is the worst advice of all time and stereotyped travelling to be for the ‘privileged ones.’ My purpose of writing this blog is not to critically evaluate the article and prove that author’s opinion wrong, but, to simply show the other side of the story and inspire the bunch who think travel is only for the rich.
A lot many of us will agree to how this dreamy eyed extensively travelling generation put alluring posts and captivate us in thinking travelling is the only way to live a better life, I will say it is not- not the only way. Because there isn’t a best option, something that works for me may not work for you and vice versa. So it is completely possible to not be an extensive traveler and still be a better human being but; if you have that burning desire in your heart to travel, if the thought that there are so many adventures waiting for you keeps you up all night, then I kid you not- do not let any one dim your fire by saying that you aren’t privileged enough!
In my opinion it is all about ones mind-set because while traveling I have met teens backpacking at the age of 18, people earning minimum wage globetrotting with their savings and many others who do odd jobs around the world to subside their wanderlust. How many of you are still waiting for the “monday” to start working out? How many of you are still smoking that one last cigarette before quitting? Still finding a reason to do everything else when you really got to be studying? These examples of everyday life clearly shows, that if there is a goal to be achieved there will be tonnes of excuses and as they say where there is a will there is a way. The same is the case with the idea of travelling. To top it up the word travel for many out there is synonyms with luxurious spa, fancy cuisine, chauffeur driven car around the city, 3 (4 or 5) star hotel and what not! They start calculating the cost for all of all these services get disheartened and drop the idea altogether concluding that it is only for the rich. But hey, how about budgeting your travels? Book a hostel, try the street food, sip a coffee instead of a beer, walk around the city it gives you so much more time to soak in the beauty of a place.
Now that one can budget a trip another dilemma crops up ‘where will the money come from for even a budget trip?’ My answer is SAVE! Believe it or not a person can easily save about 30% of their salary, there are so many everyday activities we blow our money on- it is okay to find a less-expensive alternative to starbucks , completely fine to cut down on drinking\smoking, take a public transport to work or better carpool, get rid of things you don’t want put them on Olx, Ebay such other platforms and ladies stop your retail therapy – the list can go on so much so that I can do a separate blog post on just this and how to earn money while traveling. (Yes, it is possible)
Long story short, if travel is what you really want then move that mountain of negative thoughts that is blocking your pretty sight, change your mind-set today start by being positive. Think that you can travel that you have everything it takes – money, plan, and zeal- think yes and think big for at the end of the day the man who wins is the man who thinks he can.This obviously is not magic and will not work instantly, but will only take you one step closer to what is magic (travelling). If you cling on to all your negative thoughts you will keep piling them on to a point of no return and be the person who looks at mesmerizing pictures posted on various social media platforms and call that traveler cocky- but well he\she is having a ball of a time and could care less.
Note: As mentioned before, the post is not to pose travelling as the only way to be cultured\better human etc. but to inspire everyone who wish to travel yet thinks he\she is not in a position to do so. Remember, change your mind-set and things will fall into places sooner or later.