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Twenty And Traveling - Is This You?
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Twenty And Traveling  -  Is This You?

At twenty years old, I've been to twelve countries and still counting. My desktop background on my laptop is a bunch of scrabble pieces laying atop a map that spells out 'I Want to Travel the World'. Thank G-d I've had the opportunity to jet set across the globe in a way most young people my age have not and so I've decided to write about the voices of travelling that call to me and share them with you, my readers. I hope that you will be inspired and decide to take your own journey, or at the very least, join me on mine.

"I'll make a wish, take a chance, make a change and breakaway..." (Kelly Clarkson)

As was sung by many a singer, I too "dreamed a dream in years gone by". However, unlike many others, I no longer dream that dream. I live that dream. I live that dream because I chose to turn my dream into reality.

The 'travel bug' is in my family but it wasn't until I became a teenager - and an entrepreneur - that I really decided to just go for it. Sometimes I have my itinerary mapped out and sometimes I just play it by ear. Sometimes I go with friends and sometimes I am my only company. Sometimes I do the things I've done before and sometimes I try new activities. Sometimes I tour and sometimes I volunteer. Sometimes I stay in five star hotels and sometimes I sleep in hostels. But, there's always one constant - it's my dream I'm living!

Are you living your dream? Or is it perhaps time to take a chance, make a change and breakaway in order to make your wish come true?

"Cause I'm leaving on a jetplane, don't know when I'll be back again..." (John Denver)

Security. Certainty. Stability. Yup, these come with your 9 to 5 job that holds you hostage in your square 2 feet of cubicle space. These come with the knowledge that you can't stray far from the norm or anxiety might kick in. Or that your entire world may come crashing down.

Excitement. Passion. Adventure. These come with my travels that give me the opportunity to explore other parts of the world without the pressure of work looming overhead or hundreds of emails from bosses and clients pouring into my inbox. 'They' say that I can't settle down, that I must be running away from something. Little do 'they' know, it's quite the opposite - I'm running toward something. I'm going to learn about different cultures hands on, I will discover nature in a way they never knew, I will experience events they never have. Just writing this, thinking of what I have done, places I have gone and the future that spreads before me makes my heart thump with anticipation.

Please, don't misunderstand me. I know that for all intents and purposes money makes the world go round and we rely on consumerism for the economy to flow the way it should. All I ask of you is to consider this: take an extra couple weeks of vacation - yes, unpaid - to tour some more, turn off your phone when you're with your children, ignore those emails when you're off from work - you are off after all, right? Or are you really on? Just a thought to ponder.

"Come back to me now, hear my homeland calling me..." (Moshav Band)

I could name my homeland country, but the truth is that the technicality doesn't matter. My homeland is to me what your homeland is to you. It's the place where my ancestors lived, where traditions were passed down, where my roots were planted. My homeland is a basic foundation of my heritage, it's the land of my religion and it's static - it won't run away when I'm questioning my identity. It's as if I am tied to the land by an invisible dynamic cord - a piece of kernmantle rope that's constantly trying to bring me home, but will help protect me and keep me safe when my rebellious side ventures to foreign lands. I walk on the soil and I know that millions have walked the same steps. I touch the stone walls, I watch the blue sky, I hike the mountains, I swim in the oceans and I know that millions have done the same. My homeland connects me with my people in a way that nothing else can.

What does your homeland mean to you? Or have you never even been there?

"Roam if you want to, roam around the world..." (The B-52's)

Where there's a will, there's a way. But so often, the will is lacking. I think that's an effect of the world we live in - the fast paced, technology driven attitude that drives us to push ourselves to the max, to outshine everyone else, to alway be #1. And in that race to the top, we often lose ourselves - trying to prove that we are people who we're not, with qualities that aren't ours, doing tasks we don't enjoy. I too, am a product of this life. But, I try to remember who I really am - where I come from and where I'm going. I'm twenty and traveling and every now and again, on my journey through life I am reminded of my values and goals, of my passions and strengths. And as I learn and grow through my experiences, I like to write down my thoughts and reflections. I would love to share my travel journal with you and I hope that you will do the same.


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larry1  

I really enjoyed reading this :) It reminded me of revolutionary road in a way haha People really do need to "live" life instead of just pass through it not enjoying all the experiences available to them.

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  about 8 years ago

Yeah, unfortunately, we're so stuck in the mindset of 'we gotta do what others tell us we should be doing'... that we often fail to think for ourselves and make our own choices... Happy you enjoyed :-)

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  about 8 years ago
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