The Travel More series was inspired by Marica, who asked me a few questions about my travel habits that I hope I’ll be able to answer in my next three posts! (Thank you so much for your interest and your loyal follow of my blog, Marica! You’re the best!)
Before I jump into this, I’d like to share with you something that annoys me.
What annoys the hell out of me: When I announce to my friends that I’m going to, say Ireland, and they all go: “OH MY GOD YOU’RE SO LUCKY!”
Of course I get that it’s something we say without thinking, like whenever we see two people vaguely alike we go: “Gosh, are you twins?” But telling me that I’m lucky to go to Ireland is like telling me that Ireland picked me. That I won the lottery. That a plane ticket got accidentally sent to my email address and I thought, “Might as well go then!”
And that’s not how my travels happen.
I travel as much as I do for 5 reasons. Here they are:
1. I WANT TO
I want to travel.
So I do.
Simple as that.
I don’t let anyone convince me otherwise. So what if I’m a solo female traveler? I made a vow to myself not to postpone the things that I want, and I respect that vow like there is no tomorrow, because honestly, pals, who knows if there is a tomorrow?
2. I BASE MY LIFE DECISIONS ON MY DREAMS
Those of you who’ve been following me for a while know that I have two dreams.
To travel the whole wide universe.
To get tradionally published.
And whenever I have to make decisions, I ask myself if they’re going to get in the way of these dreams. For example, I avoid friendships with people that don’t respect my dreams and don’t understand why I spend my weekends writing when I could be going out with them.
Or I pick jobs that I know I won’t mind quitting on a whim if there’s a huge sale on a flight to Iceland. Which brings me to #3.
3. MY JOB IS NOT MY PRIORITY
I work with the sole intent to pay for the stuff I need to survive–nothing more. I don’t do extra shifts to please my boss (I used to do that for a few years until I realized I was just burning myself out for someone else’s dream, forgetting about mine.)
And in the stuff I need in order to survive, there’s travelling. So the minute I get enough money for a trip, I quit that job. (Don’t worry, I’m not ungrateful, I give a two-week notice … usually … when my boss isn’t a self-absorbed dickwad … which happened one time out of one in the 23 jobs I had.)
Yes. I had 23 jobs.
Working is not my life. I don’t think it should be anyone’s life. Unless your working towards your dreams.
Quitting poisonous jobs is freaking liberating and addictive.
Also, school isn’t a priority of mine either. I dropped out of school four times in order to travel. So I’m probably not a role model. But my goal is to be a writer, and I really think the only way to do that is to live as much as I can. Out there in the actual world.
Never let schooling interfere with your education.
– Mark Twain
4. I BUDGET LIKE A FREAKING NINJA
This goes along with number 2; matching my life decisions with my dreams.
Until recently, I was still living at my parents’ to save money for my travels. And when it was time to pick an appartment for myself, I picked a small studio that was as cheap as possible, centered in the middle of the city so I could walk to my job and save money on transport.
In Quebec, cell phones are insanely expensive so I spent two years without one, saving about over 1000$. (That’s a trip right there.) Yes, everyone thought I was crazy, but I don’t think we should pile up possessions just to fit in with everyone else. I freaking love the simplicity and unclutterness of my appartment, and that each and single thing I do own has an emotional meaning to me.
Check out Hey Nadine’s videos on YouTube on the subject. She’s awesome.
5. I JUMP ON OPPORTUNITIES
When a friend asks me if I want to travel with them, I’m like:
YES. Of course I do!
And yes, sometimes I’m tight on money, or I’ve got life circumstances that might get in the way, but I don’t let them. I work those extra shifts and I budget a little more, eyes on the goal, period.
That’s how I ended up in Hawaii with a friend of mine, knowing I’d get back home on my first day of University ever, meaning I’d be completely jetlag for my first classes. So what? I don’t remember my first class anyway. BUT I REMEMBER BEING UP THERE:
And when I met awesome people in Nicaragua who asked me to join them in Mexico for New Year’s Eve, I said YES!
Opportunities happen everywhere, all the time, it’s just a matter of seizing them. Of getting out of your comfort zone.
AND HERE’S THE AWESOME PART
The more you travel, the more opportunities to travel you’ll create, because you’ll meet a bunch of awesome travellers who will inspire you to go to places you never thought of (and most importantly will invite you to stay at their place for free when you visit 😀 )
That’s how I could afford going to Germany. (THANK YOU, JULIA!)
And Switzerland. (I MISS YOU, VANIA!)
That’s it for today.
Stay tuned for part 2 & 3, where I’ll talk about packing and planning!
Until then, let us reflect on this Ryan Goslin GIF.
Okay, I’m off to watch The Notebook.