I’m living vicariously through you and your travels.
I hear / read some version of the above statement on a regular basis from my non-airline, non-traveling friends and family. And to be honest, it makes me sad. Because I think that people have more opportunities to travel than they think.
But I don’t have money to travel.
Yes you do. You’re just spending it on other things. If you really want to travel, you’ll skip the Starbucks and make coffee at home. You’ll bring your lunch instead of eating out at restaurants. You’ll cancel your cable service and enjoy Netflix and Hulu. There are always places where you can save money and make travel more feasible. Once you make travel a priority with your money instead of with just your thoughts, you’d be amazed at how much you’re able to save up.
But I/we have (a) child(ren).
Take them with you. I don’t know if I’d value travel as much as I do if I hadn’t traveled as a child. Before I hit double digits, I’d already visited four different countries. And as an adult, I can look back on those experiences and remember the thrill that traveling brought me.
I can’t really say too much on this subject as I do not have children yet. However, I don’t think that having a growing family should be a deterrent in traveling.
It’s so easy for you to say this because you travel for a living.
I guess. But I had to get to the point when I asked myself what I wanted to do with my life and travel was always at the top of my list. So I searched for careers that involved travel. I’ve never been keen on the 9-5 daily grind. It’s not my favourite. I found a career that satisfies the ever-present wanderlust that constantly pervades my being. And I’ve been happy ever since.
Being away from home all the time isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. And there are tough days in the flight attendant world. But with all the delays, reroutes, schedule changes, early mornings, late nights, short layovers, broken planes, and full flights, I still love this job. And I’m thankful that it’s allowed me to experience things I thought I never would. I just spent a week backpacking through Ireland and it was beyond amazing. Met so many interesting people and made a ton of new memories.
If you’re interested in traveling for a living, then search for the many ways that you can accomplish that. Some ways require a bit more skill and flexibility than others, but all options are out there.
But I really enjoy going to the same place(s) every year.
That sounds so boring.
You’ll never see the Colosseum in Rome if you go to the beach every summer. You’ll never see Cristo Redentor in Rio if you’re spending your holiday in the same mountain cabin you rent every year.
Maybe it’s me rebelling against the years that I had to spend summer holiday with my family in the same places, but it saddens me to hear that people go back to the same places year after year.
Maybe I just like adventure more than others.
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So, for those who live and travel vicariously through me and others, get out there and travel.
The world is waiting on you.