Please be a Traveler, not a tourist.
“Please be a traveler, not a tourist. Try new things, meet new people, and look beyond what’s right in front of you. Those are the keys to understanding this amazing world we live in.” ~ Andrew Zimmern
No other quote resonates with more clarity and truth than this one does for me. For the past few years I have been asked countless times what I plan for my future. For the most part It has always seemed easier to say I dont know; however, the truth is that I have a burning passion to travel the world. Yet, I realize that the reason why I say idk most of the time is because I really dont know how I will make it happen. I guess avoiding the real answer keeps me from having to think about it and actually act upon it. Could it be fear keeping me from saying my goal in life is to travel the world through people? I mean, how could it be anything else? Fear of not exploring the world is actually keeping me from even attempting to find a way of making it happen!
As i write this, I realize how stupid that sounds and how little value I place on my ability to get done what I want most out of life: To feel a connection with everything around me. What is most frustrating is the fact that for the most part, I am a go getter. So why not this? Its when I am forced to look at this question that I realize how much ego I have yet to let go of. I am thankful that now I realize that the doubtful person who fears failure isn’t who I truly am. The negative, egotistical person that doubts in my abilities isnt me, its who everyone else has wanted me to be. So I think its time that I start pursuing my passion. Nothing seems more exciting to me than immersing myself in a different culture with people I have never met before. All the possibilities of what one conversation could end up like are ENDLESS. Truly life changing.
Fellow HEthens with a love for the art of traveling, I would immensely appreciate any tips on how to start my journey.
-I would love to hear all about your stories and how you made it happen (or how youre taking the steps to making it happen)! Tips, ideas, places, encounters, gameplans.. anything at all =D.
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@brentman, Well Brent, let me just tell you that whenever you feel the need to go anywhere at all you have a host! I host for couchsurfing and it seems like we would have a lot of similarities to talk about. I graduated 2011 and had the exact same feelings you have now. Except that as time goes on you realize that the excuses start becoming more meaningless and your only real excuse starts becoming yourself. Thats the point where I am at right now. Recognizing this and something so simple as starting this thread is a step towards making it more real. Your thoughts become things! I guess we are all headed in the right direction =D.
I mean, I have no travel advice…but I would just like to say that my feelings are identical about my passions. I have a really intense passion for music, but I let fear of failure stop me from even picking up an instrument or attempting to find my sound. I just see the task as too great and then my fears tell me that idea isn’t practical and I need to find something that will build a future career for me.
I have been singing my whole life, but could never afford any lessons or any instruments to work with my voice. That excuse turned into it being “too late” for me to start now and just thinking my place is instead just listening to other people.
I know that I would be incredibly happy if I got to listen to music as it was being given life, and transforming into a matured, incredible work. The genres may vary, but I am quite eclectic in my tastes, so that would just add even more spice.
I can only hope that I finally live down all of those fears and finally break through to the mind that frees me to pursue my passions. I wish you all the best in doing the same.
@ftbcarla, I am totally gonna Subscribe to this thread via email !
Kudos ! I love it when people come up with such questions.. Start from India, if I may suggest. Its not because I am from here, I just feel there is a lot of diversity here so you can see stuffs as crazy as, I dont know, people eating dead bodies ! And also normal stuffs like any other country :)
p.s. I haven’t seen such an incident yet in person. But you can see videos of such stuffs. Google “Aghoris”. You will see what I am talking about !
@ftbcarla, I am having exactly the same problem. It’s basically the reason I joined this site. My plan is to get a job, which I just did, then save money and travel round Europe staying in hostels. I just want to experience the culture and different lifestyles around the world, starting off with Europe. I have already achieved this to some extent because I have been living abroad for 10 years. The only thing I could recommend, even though I haven’t done much yet, is to be spontaneous. Do what you want to do, when you want to do it. You are never going to know exactly what you need to do, it would be impossible to find yourself if you already knew who you are. Go and watch the movie Mr. Nobody, I found it life changing. Its about life and decisions.
@ftbcarla, Love this post! I believe there are a lot of people who feel the same way, and you’re exactly right, fear stands in the way and most people don’t end up going through with it. I myself hey graduated high school, and knowing I have my whole life ahead of me is such an exciting feeling, though I keep making excuses to not just go for it and explore the world…money, girlfriend, education…I have endless excuses as to why I don’t just up and Leave the country. I may start small and go to school in another state, then another country, perhaps it could lead me to another culture…keep us updates on your progress, until then I’ll be chilling in my hometown…working, going to school, day dreaming until the day I’ve had enough. If you have no attatchments to home, Go for it :)
@lytning91, Its crazy to think how much we doubt in our own abilities while at the same time KNOWING if we only let that doubt go, how great we would actually be. If you have a passion for music I would really encourage you to start anywhere, in fact you would be my inspiration! I have been saying how badly I want to learn how to play the Piano for a really long time now and yet I havent really put all that much effort into finding someone who is willing to teach me for a smaller fee. All it takes is that I ask! Its really as simple as that lol. If they say a price I cant afford then on to the next one, but at least im making some progress to taking the steps to getting it done. I think that even if we start and realize that we arent all that great its not actually that bad. Or it could happen that maybe you’re wonderful at a particular instrument you thought you’d never master.. Either way, if it doesnt work out for me I can drop that frustration and dedicate my mental capacity to something else without the “what ifs” haunting my mind. I am determined to try out the Piano when I move back up to college this fall. I have a great feeling that ill find someone who finds it rewarding to tech others, and I know youll do the same. You cant ignore your inner most passion your whole life, it’ll just creep up on you every chance it gets.
Thanks for the support! I’ll definitely keep you posted. Keep me posted as well =)!
@pikali, India sounds amazing and definitely a place I need to see for myself. I would love to actually encounter this diversity you speak of and get to know all walks of life. I feel like there would be nothing more fulfilling than having at least a glimpse of walking in someones shoes. Being incapable of judging because of the people I have met throughout life would be incredibly rewarding.
@c0ndu17, Thanks for such great advice! How has it been living abroad for so long??!? I always contemplate what it would be like to move anywhere and just immerse myself in that lifestyle for a few months. It still scares me a bit to think about, but I know that its something that I will end up doing lol. My plan is also to get a job, although I dont quite know how I want to go about it. I dont see myself being happy in a place where monotony is #1. I am focusing on taking my creative abilities and slowly saving up money with what I can earn from that. I think that would work best for me. In the mean time, I will host people from couchsurfing and travel through their stories. Hope all goes well! Keep me posted =)