- Hai (via htfotography)
During conversations when I mention how I travel to 22 countries and I’m currently 22, people are always surprised and have a sense of wonder how I’m able to do such thing. Honestly, I don’t see it being a very difficult thing to do. However, I have to say that it takes a lot of commitment, priority and passion to make it happen.
I know I’m extreme fortunate to have the opportunity to travel so much in such a short time period. By that, I mean I visited 22 countries in roughly 3 years. I understand that it’s not always easy to sort things out to make a trip happen, but, hey, you can’t have everything in life.
First of all, it takes a lot of planning to travel, especially if you’re on a tight budget. Most of my trips are planned six to a year out. That gives time to evaluate the different options as far as where to go, when to visit, how to get there, and more. Not only that, it gives time to budget the trip out and start saving early. If you work in corporate America, planning early also allows you to request time off; because we all know how hard it can get. It’s like you have to climb a couple of mountains and swim a few seas to get those days off.
Having commitment plays a big role also. We all know unexpected things happen, but it’s a part of life. If you really want to see the world, you gotta commit. It’s a bit scary because the trip is so far away but, believe me, time goes faster than you would expect. I had to pass a few other opportunities while I was abroad. It was a difficult decision but I made the plan and I stuck to it.
You have to know your wants and needs. It takes a lot of effort to prioritize things. Like I mentioned before, we can’t have everything in our lives. I have to make sacrifices and know how to control myself. I like pretty things like everyone else but travel is high on my priority list. I live in a cheap apartment, drive a crappy car, own less things. and make an effort to save. This goes back to commitment. Don’t just say it, take action.
This is the mind set if travel is something you want to pursue. It’s pretty intimidating to begin the wonder world of exploring new territory. However, all it takes is commitment, priority and passion. I’ll try to share some more of my experience and tips in the future. That’s all for now. ‘Til next time.
I’m going to Europe again this year. I love this continent so much and I would love to make a yearly trip. There are so much to see and do and such a diverse culture and history. Yes, Asia is the same but I have lived and been to a good part of Asia (mostly in Southeast Asia). Thus, I’m familiar with the culture and do a lot there.
This will be my third time to Europe and it’ll also be the shortest trip. The first one was 5 months, second was 6 weeks, and, this time, it’s only 3 weeks. I usually try to pick a highlight destination for the trip. I’m super excited for this year pick, it’s Slovenia. What exciting to me about this country is of how many nature attractions it has. It’s a super green country with a vast different landscape.
I’m not a super sporty guy but I do love the mountains and nature adventures. That’s why I love Scotland so much. It was an unexpected destination but I fell in love with its dramatic glens and lochs and the friendly locals.
All I can say now is I have a great feeling for Slovenia. Some of the activities I’m looking forward to are:
- Exploring Ljubljana Castle
- White water rafting on the Soča river
- Hiking from Bled to Vintgar Gorge
- Walking through the medieval beach town of Piran
I highly recommend you to Google Image these places/activities. I promise they will make you itch to visit Slovenia. More update soon and photo when I go on the trip. That’s all for now. ‘Til next time.
P.S. I’ll be also visiting Amsterdam, Paris, Florence, Slovenia (Ljubljana, and Bled), Vienna, and Istanbul
Normality isn’t something I keep in my vocabulary for my daily life. Why would I want to normal typical life? Wouldn’t that be boring and dreadful? I know so many people who just settle into their life and don’t seem to seek out for new adventure and experience.
I’m currently in the process of finishing up my degree and seeking out new opportunities to begin my career. I’m sorta in a state between super excited and depression. It’s a great feeling and accomplishment to finally completing my bachelor degree (in fact, I’ll be the second person in my extended family to have a higher education degree). However, there’s the ambiguity of the future that is freaking me out. For the very first time in my 22-years of life, I can’t see the future. It’s a scary feeling and an uncharted territory for me.
I’d like to consider myself as a planner with room for spontaneity because unexpected events happen; it’s simply a way of life and I’m okay with that. That’s the difference for this time. I can’t plan much for the future beyond this point, it’s out of my control. I’ve been taking proactive steps to prepare myself and plan for what I can; but, ultimately, it’s not my decision to make if I get a job or not.
Out of a spontaneous inspiration moment, I posted a quote earlier. It goes “I don’t fear unemployment. I fear the day I’m stuck in an office doing what I don’t love.” It expresses exactly how I and many of my generation feel. It might be a little idealistic of me but I’m not naive. I’ve seen, heard and, briefly, experienced it for myself. A passionless job is the last thing that I would want. People are just in for the money and that isn’t something I’m looking forward to.
Monetary reward sure is a great bonus but there’s so much more to it. From my experience, greatest moments in my life have been those moments growing up in Vietnam. My family didn’t have much then but we were together and making the best of what we have. Thus, money isn’t very high on my list. I want a career that I can grow with, that I love to do, that I wake up every morning and feel excited, and that I can do what I want.
What does this have to do with normality? It has everything to do with it. I want my life to be different. I don’t want to settle for less. I don’t want the “normal” life that everyone has.
That’s all for now. ‘Til next time.