I’m willing to bet that if you’re a reader of my blog, you are the kind of person who appreciates a good adventure. Whether or not your current path in life allows you to embark on an occasional adventure, or if your life is a series of epic adventures punctuated by short bouts of daily life, you are the kind of person who yearns to explore and enjoy all that life has to offer. I know that’s the kind of person I am.
To me, life is one big adventure into the unknown. Every day is filled with possibilities. Not every day is exciting or even unique, but every day is an opportunity to make the most of my life.
If you’re like me and you appreciate a good adventure, you should make sure that you are making the most out of the opportunities you have. Take a look at your life and what you do on a daily basis. What are your goals? What are your dreams?
My current goal is to visit all 7 continents. I’m not particularly wealthy and I work full time, so it’s not like I’m able to be on a constant round-the world adventure (although that is one of my life goals as well). I’ve been to North America and Europe. I’ve seen Australia, and next year I will visit Japan, so Asia will soon be checked off that list. That leaves Antarctica, South America, and Africa. Those are some pretty big goals! Big trips to amazing international destinations don’t come cheap, but I am determined to make my dreams come true.
That’s why every day I chip away at those goals. Every day that I work, I make more money. Whatever doesn’t have to go to things like bills and retirement savings goes into a special travel savings account that I contribute to every month. I may not always be able to contribute much, but I always contribute something. Every day, I get a little closer to achieving my dreams.
I’ve heard so many people say that they just can’t afford to go on the kinds of trips I go on, but many times those people are not thinking creatively about their lives.
Take a look at your life. Could you save more money for travel? Is there anywhere you’re spending money unnecessarily that you could cut back on? I certainly wear all my clothes and shoes until I wear holes in them before buying new ones.
The thing is for me, that adventure is worth it. All of life’s little expenses such as new clothes, too many fancy dinners, that candy bar bought on impulse, etc. add up. Each day, these indulgences add up to a large amount of money. What if you were able to cut back on these things and instead put that money towards the adventure of your dreams?
When you’re 80 years old and you look back on the things you’ve done in life, you won’t remember that new shirt or that week where you ate out every meal instead of cooking at home, but you sure will remember that time you trekked across the Pacific Crest Trail or went on a Kenyan safari.
Trust me…adventure is worth it.
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