If you were to search #travel on Instagram, there's currently over 131 million pictures of people traversing across the globe. Traveling is no stranger to today's’ social media where any frequenters feed is flooded with pictures of remote paradises and serene surroundings. Your initial reaction is “Oh! I want to go there!” where immediately after, your hopes are shattered with the thought of responsibilities. Interestingly, that alone is more than enough to halt the majority of people's fantasy on accomplishing their wanderlust. And then there’s the minority. That %1 that says “You know what, I’m going to make myself happy. If that’s what I want to do, then I’m going to do it” and they simply progress towards achieving what they long for.
I learned quite quickly, too many people worry about making themselves completely unhappy by listening to a boss that gives them just enough money to meet their living expenses. Too worried about losing their jobs, of not generating income, not acquiring materialistic things (that become obsolete within a year), etc. All in all I see it as the inability to extend past your comfort zone and test who you really are. Isn’t that secretly the reason you wish to travel? To discover yourself amongst the unknown by placing yourself in a foreign culture and see grand wonders that raise more questions than answers?
This past summer I pushed myself past my limits by climbing Mt.Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa. As an avid hiker and adventure seeker, I faced this challenge with the intent that it was going to be a comfortable long extended hike with my cousin. But I’d be damned if I were to say it was easy. The mountain had tested me beyond anything I had ever experienced. It demanded every ounce of sweat, blood, and tears from me. But I faced the challenge wholeheartedly because it was something I’ve dreamed of doing. Something I needed to achieve regardless of the challenge. And so I put forth all that I could muster and sure enough I had reached the summit in under 100 hours. When I reached the top, I was showered with a revelation of how incredibly capable we are as human beings. Even though my body wanted to quit on me multiple times, I pressed on with the mental onset of how determined I was to complete my goal.
That was the significant factor that I took from traveling to the tallest mountain in Africa. Even though I went on an expedition, and it wasn’t a relaxing comfortable paradise where I was pampered to my every needs, I discovered the key element that will keep me motivated to go out and get whatever it is I want in this life. If you want to travel, don’t be afraid to take the necessary routes in order to achieve what you want, even if it means upsetting certain aspects of your life. It’s a liberating and freeing experience that makes you grow as a person. Traveling is not impossible, or remotely unlikely for anyone. You just need to do it. If I can do it so can anyone else. Erase those fears and face every challenge with spirits high. Travel the world and never look back.