Part 1: Finding the Courage

“Travel is never a matter of money, but of courage.”

-Paul Coelho


“Courage?”  You might be asking yourself.  Yes, courage.  It is a very courageous thing to travel, stepping out of your comfort zone and allowing yourself to be vulnerable to the world around you.  The first step may be the most challenging part of planning for a trip.  It can take many sleepless nights, days wasted daydreaming and, in some cases a few bottles of wine, to make the final decision; the decision that you are going to make it happen.

Many of you, I’m sure, have once told yourselves, or someone else for that matter, that you were going to do something that you didn’t end up doing. Don’t worry, you’re not alone.   It’s simply a lack of the mindset and the belief that “you can” do that something, that stops you.   Throughout our year spent planning our trip around the world, many people have said to us, “I wish I had the money to do something like that!” or, “If only I could get the time off work!”  Well money and time are simply excuses covering a larger reason…courage.  To them I would explain that we don’t just have the money; we’re working very hard and saving diligently.  I would also explain that we’re not just quitting our jobs or using vacation time, we’re both taking unpaid leaves of absence.  If you really want to do it, the key is to not focus on the things that are going to keep you from travelling, focus on the things you are going to do to make it happen.  Most of the time this means a lot of hard work.  Pinching pennies and sacrificing nights out with friends are not easy things to do.  We have both worked two jobs for most of our adult lives in order to be able to do the things we have done and see the things we have seen.

Don’t be afraid to break the “9-5” routine.  Dig deep and find the courage within you and tell yourself that you are ready for the adventure of a lifetime; make your dreams come true.  This doesn’t mean that you have to quit your job and sell all of your possessions to be able to go away, you just have to have the motivation to figure out the logistics, set goals and accomplish them.  Don’t let others’ opinions or fear of the world instilled by the media get in your way.  People have traveled since the dawn of man, and you can too!



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