Updated: Feb 10
As true with anything in life, if you're waiting on something to happen, you'll be waiting forever. The key to life is in making it happen! Living in the moment. Seizing the opportunity and taking life by the horns. The time will never be right to do something, so most times you just have to go for it.
This is especially true when it comes to traveling. Nike said it best- "JUST DO IT!" This saying is more than just a catchy slogan for a shoe company, it's an actual way of life. You have to be willing to just go out there and get it done regardless of who does it with you. Your friends have their own lives, schedules, priorities and obligations that may not always be aligned with your timing. For that reason alone- you should never wait for them to go with you!
Just to help put things into perspective, while you're waiting on them, time is passing you by. If they're really serious about going with you, they'd go with no questions asked. But, as we all know, there will always be questions asked. Like "how much is it?", "when are you going?", "why do you want to go there?", and the list goes on and on. Those questions can oftentimes delay your purpose and drain your enthusiasm to even want to go in the first place.
Which again brings us back to the original point of this blog: why you shouldn't wait for your friends to travel with you!
Waiting for someone else to be ready delays the Universe's plans for you. If your friends are serious, they'll meet you along the way, if they're not, they'll derail your entire purpose. Often times these are situations that can make or break friendships. Don't put your life's dreams on hold for anyone. It'll cause you to miss out on once in a lifetime opportunities all because you didn't have the courage to do it on your own. The opportunity may never come again and you'll spend the rest of your life regretting not doing it. Be brave enough to step out of your circle. Chances are you'll make new friends along the way who will become your travel buddies. We have different sets of friends for obvious reasons in life. Your high school friends won't always be the same as your college friends. Your work friends won't always be the same as your friends from back home. Same is true about your travel friends. These will be people, who like you, decided to travel and let nothing hold them back. These people will become your connection to the world outside of your immediate circle. They'll be the ones encouraging and inspiring you to do more traveling. But before you can meet these awesome people, you have to push yourself into going. Just do it! The time is now! Don't miss out.
Traveler, Designer, Entrepreneur