We invest in formal education, relationships, real estate, children and material collectivism. What about travel and personal growth? Here's why travel is worth debt and the gamble of a lifetime.
The true destination of any travel is self-knowledge...
This is being planted into the collective consciousness that is the internet to inspire all who find it along their own journey a fresh perspective on life. To encourage the growth of this seed project to sprout and take root to offer a different kind of culture into the American paradigm of today. One that finds university education, marriage, children, home ownership and material collectivism as hallmarks of a successful life.
While these may be for some, it would seem there needs to be another offering and encouragement to this world that goes beyond all of the above. This is a culling of sorts to bring forth those who desire to travel, explore and adventure across the world at a fraction of what they would spend for the American Dream. This is your invitation to live it forward so that others may lead lives that resonate with their visions. Debt is considered worthy if it is an investment, and this piece is here to encourage you to consider a different kind of investment.
Travel.... That feeling of getting physically lost in order to discover more of yourself… That exhilarating feeling of getting onto a plane only to know you'll be stepping off of it in a land foreign to you… That beautiful ability with just a few clicks of a button online that can embark you on a journey of culture exchange that has the potential to forever change some of your habits, behaviors, perspectives and actions… That poetic sense of freedom walking paths you've never walked before, meeting people you've never known before, experiencing cultures you've never experienced before… That risk that comes with all the variables of unknowns that you will encounter… That challenge of literally feeling your spirit grow through your journey and how you may meet people that will impact your life in a scope or fashion you hadn't expected… That sense of freedom realized in atmospheric entanglement with your consciousness and your new surroundings...
This is what it means to travel to me. To step into the mystery of journeying in locations I hadn't traveled before, in order to cultivate this experience called human life. It is one of the greatest on-going decisions I continue to make in my life. To travel each year to somewhere new, regardless of my financial situation, etc. With the only exception being severe health or death in the family. I want to encourage you, yes you who are reading this right now to evaluate your life and consider doing the same before assuming it is poor financial advice please read-on ^_^. I like to think in the long-term and not the short-term as much as I can. This being said sometimes my visions or ideas may seem too fantastical or big to be considered wise at first glance. However, with a longer scope one can see the value of big journeys earlier on in your life provided some variables are in check. I am not talking about reckless abandonment, what I am talking about here is an investment unto your future self and personal growth.
“Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.”