I am writing about inertia and already suffering from it, I took at least 10 minutes get out of the first sentence. But what really prompted me to write about this is a feeling that I am starting to have on this trip. We will be 6 months out of our routine, a routine that even after changing countries remains virtually the same, home-work-home and counting the days for the weekend.
When we bought the tickets we started wondering, how would be the life in the country X, how would be the food, how we would communicate in the language Y, but lately, thanks to the rain and cold in recent days, we’ve been living our routine in a more intense (read as repetitive) than normal, and I am kind of having a special joy with my last few weeks of routine, like trying to have the most of it before jump into a “what are we going to do today” life. This repetition is something that we inevitably seek, is comfortable and easy to know that we will wake up at the same time, have the same breakfast, go work by the same way, see the same people and so on, and how difficult it is to change or to adapt to a new environment.
Many people have told me they would like to make a trip like ours, but always comes shortly after an excuse, “I don’t have time”, “I don’t have money”, “it’s not safe”, “I will lose my job”, “I don’t know how to cook”. The fact is, we all can do it, just leave the comfort zone and make it happen. See how you can make it:
You don’t have to be rich
First of all we are not rich, we live in a flat shared with 3 more people, our parents are not giving us money, we didn’t win the lottery and we didn’t rob any bank. Indeed our goal is travel around the world in 6 months with U$D 8,000 each, counting tickets and all the costs. We have’t made any major cut in our costs, in fact we saved a lot just in small things, spending less with unnecessary things (new clothes, last gadget etc ), eating more at home, but this is a topic to be explored in another post. Theresa wrote a great post about the subject, is worth reading.
Be the master of your time
Who there has 6 months of vacation periodically? If you answered no, you might be thinking, my job doesn’t give me this amount of holidays, I can’t leave my business, my children have to go to school. The truth is that nobody is irreplaceable, including ourselves, if you are employed you can try to negotiate with your boss to get someone to replace you, you can try to work remotely or simply resign, if you’re an entrepreneur hire a good manager, leave it with your business partner for a while, close the business for an upgrade or sell the business, you’ll prosper much more professionally and personally if you use your time to develop communication and social skills, managing risk, planning and learning to be flexible, things you exercise intensely in a trip, than simply doing the same thing you have been doing for years. If you have children take a look at the links of widewideworld and a family travelling with 8 children
This is perhaps the most important tip. Absolutely everything push you to have a life as similar as possible with the standards that are widely accepted, it is not easy paddling against the tide especially when you’ve already reached a certain level of security in your life, you turn on the TV (I haven’t watched TV regularly for 2 years) and all you see is people telling you what you must have, be and do if you want to be happy, not to mention family and friends that influence you to have a “normal” life. Everything tends to lead us to get an option of a safer and easier life, but each one has one’s ideal, select a personal project and work hard towards achieving it.
We can choose anything and anything we choose will keep us closer or further to our personal projects. The problem is to keep loyal to your choices, at least enough to achieve the goals outlined without quitting after a while, so, if you really want to do something, keep your focus on it and let the other plans that come along in stand by. Saving money and buying a new dress or leaving the job and continuing sending CVs definitely don’t work and you are just diverting your goals.