I began my solo travels back in November of 2015, after a year of debating back and forth of whether I could actually do this, alone. But no matter how many people I spoke to, I felt there was a desire to travel but unwillingness to leave certain comfort zones.
The endless restlessness of wanderlust developed for me over time, not overnight. I always loved to travel and explore. It wasn’t until I was years into my career, sitting at my desk booking international travel for my collages, watching them fly to different parts of the world that I realized I didn’t want to just sit behind a desk all my life when I could be taking these trips (on a much lower budget, of course).
I had become so accustomed to living life in the way that I thought it was supposed to be, that I completely lost track of what it could be. When I shared these views with others, I found that people did agree but were not willing to take the risk of leaving behind what they had in their home country. And I think the biggest reason for not fulfilling our desires, is fear.
“The fears we don’t face become our limits.” – Robin Sharma
I’ve experienced it, I had those same fears. I did not want to leave my comfort zone. I had worked so hard to get to where I was, I was just going to give that all up? I had no idea where to even start. How do I explain this to my family and friends? How worried will my parents be? Am I making a mistake? Shouldn’t I be satisfied with what I have here?
The thing is, no matter what decisions I have made in my life or how crazy they may seem- it has always worked out. Better than expected. And if it doesn’t, that’s ok too. At the end of the day, I can at least say that I tried. That I pursued a lifelong dream.
People always speak about how they wish they could do things, or want to do things. And I am here to tell you, you can. That you don’t have to wait. You have the right to fulfill that dream. Humans have the ability to wait, but time doesn’t. Because if I waited for someone to come with me, I wasn’t going to go anywhere.