After returning from Japan last summer, I officially had the travel bug. A drive to see the world and experience what life has to offer. Maybe it was the person who always went out of their way to help a lost traveler. Perhaps it was the ramen and occasional McDonald’s that reminded me of home. Or maybe it was running down Mt. Misen in the dark, which is full of deadly snakes I might add, just to see the sunset. Whatever the reason, I can confidently say that Japan has inspired me to travel the world.
This all sounds great. Having the adventure of a lifetime, making friends all over the world, experiencing different cultures to share with future generations. But is this really practical? The answer is yes, and it starts by training yourself to think big.
1. Think BIG
Traveling around the world and leaving everything behind is a big goal. Most people would brush this off as irresponsible or impossible. I’m here to tell you that it’s completely possible and very responsible of you to pursue your dreams, which starts by thinking big.
“Believe it can be done. When you believe something can be done, really believe, your mind will find the ways to do it. Believing a solution paves the way to solution.” – David J. Schwartz,
When you find something you’re passionate about and really put your heart and soul into it, you’d be surprised at what you can accomplish.
2. See Challenges as Opportunities
Now this doesn’t mean that big goals don’t come with big challenges. They absolutely do. How can I afford to do this without a job? I’d have to quit if I want more than 2 weeks off a year, and even if I quit, I’d have no income!
The key here is to see challenges as opportunities. How can I travel the world and be financially stable at the same time? Instead of focusing on the negatives, focus on what you can do to accomplish your goal. For myself, I have considered the following:
- Become a digital marketing expert
- Start an online business
- Teach English abroad
Keep in mind that these skills and opportunities don’t develop overnight. It takes a lot of hard work. But if you’re set on reaching your goal, seeing challenges as opportunities will put you one step closer.
3. Find Inspiration
By chance, or because Facebook is spying on me, I came across a post from one of my friends at USC who had recently hiked to Everest Base Camp. This was exactly the kind of adventure I was looking for and it would be a great first step towards my goal of traveling the world.
The fun part about looking for inspiration is when you realize you’re not alone. It’s easy to give up when the majority of people around you focus on the negatives and don’t see the opportunities. But when you find the few people who connect with your passions and understand your goals, you will be more fired up than ever before.
“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.” – Mark Twain
Seeing my friend accomplish this and come back with profile picture-worthy photos was the inspiration I needed to turn my thoughts into action.
4. Stop Thinking and Start Doing
As it happens, my friend’s experience inspired me to start my traveling journey in Nepal by hiking to Everest Base Camp.
I could have spent months rationalizing this. How am I going to take a month off work? Can I afford this? Are their dangers I haven’t anticipated? What if something goes wrong? Is this something I really want to do? This is not only unproductive, but this cycle of endless rationalization will not help you achieve your goals.
Someone once told me that you can rationalize something forever. You can look at the data, get more data, and keep thinking. But here’s the trick: as long as you’ve rationalized something to a certain extent, you just need to make a decision, and make that decision the right decision. Let the last sentence soak in for a minute. By no means am I advocating for rash decision making. I’m telling you that no matter what decision you make, as long as it’s calculated, you can make it a successful outcome.
Life is short. Don’t waste your time with inaction. – Roaming Techie
After a few weeks of researching, getting advice, and rationalizing this adventure, I made a decision. It was 11pm, I had just finished meditating, and I had an epiphany. Just do it. Actualize your goal. I immediately went to my computer, found a cheap flight via Skyscanner, and bought a one-way ticket to Kathmandu, Nepal. I also booked my $4/night hotel (breakfast included).
Yeah, it was a little scary and a little impulsive, but now it’s up to me to set myself up for success.
5. Stick To It!
Since buying my ticket, I’ve lost over 25 pounds and I’m working harder than ever to create a sustainable online business, which has already lead to multiple paid contracts. Sometimes you need a high goal to motivate you.
Remember that giving up is easy. Most people do. If you can stick to your goals and fight through the hard times, you will be well rewarded.
Do you have any big goals? Share them in the comments below!
The author Roaming Techie