Things To Sacrifice To Have A Life Of Travel – Filtraveler Adventure Travel Blog
Everyone has a dream. Be it finishing a college degree, landing a white-collar job, having your own enterprise or traveling the world. No one can deny that making your dreams into reality takes courage and a lot of sacrifices. As the law of sacrifice states, you cannot get something you want, without giving up something in return. In order to attain something you believe is of greater value, you must give up something you believe is of lesser value. Unfortunately, it’s true. You can’t just get everything you want.
Most people think that we, people who travel a lot have the most enjoyable and fulfilling lives. It is true and in fact, we feel the privilege to be able to travel; however, believe me, we have so many things to sacrifice in order for us to pursue this kind of lifestyle.
#1 Leaving Our Families
Traveling the world means you have to sacrifice many of your pre-existing relationships. One of which is leaving your family behind. In the Philippines, most of us were brought up in a family-oriented environment. Family means everything to us. There’s just a strong bond among our family members (sometimes among our relatives as well) that it will really make everyone sad when one has to leave. Just like many travelers who have left home to see the world, I have also experienced it. I have experienced the feeling of homesickness and I have experienced not to be with them especially during important family occasions. I have been away for over a year and I have missed celebrating Christmas Day with them, being with them to welcome the New Year and have missed the chance to attend family reunions – Living a life of travel or living away from them just means you have to sacrifice milestones and meaningful celebrations with your family back home. Whilst it sounds saddening, it is also a great way for us to realize how important they are in our lives. Since we rarely see them, every moment we are with them is just filled with love, joy and great times.
Special mention to the Internet as it gets us connected with our families. It somehow relieves the longing we feel especially at times we wish we were with them.
#2 Fading Relationship with Friends
The same with family, pursuing a life of travel means leaving the friendships that were made from back home. As they say, friends are the family we choose. Our friends are the people who we get to share great times with and are always there to have us covered when things get rough. Sometimes, they understand us more than our families do. However, since we frequently travel, we miss the chance to get along with them – we lose the common bond. It’s just sad to say that, there will be some friendships that will fade away and it will never be the same as before.
I have been living around Southeast Asia for over a year and it has made me accept the fact that people just really come and go (Though sometimes I find it quite hard to move on when a person who matters to me has to finally go). In addition to that, as you embark on a life of travel, you will realize that the world is just so huge and there are so many possibilities to make friendships along the road. There will be total strangers who can be your instant friends and some will be your friends for keeps!
#3 Foregoing A Career
It is one of the major things one has to give up for a life of travel. I have met many travelers who have given up on their professions as it is really impossible to have both – especially if you travel full time. So what many travelers have to give up? – job security and the financial security that comes with it. Again, that depends on what you are willing to give up in order for you to do or achieve what you really want.
In my case, I make sure to balance traveling and sustaining a career. Looking back a year ago, I had always dreamed of finishing my business degree and to be in the corporate world. I had achieved both. Three days after graduation, I received a job offer from Harvard Business Publishing, an arm of Harvard Business. I was really fortunate as it was a dream come true but after a few months of working, I just felt that the corporate world was draining the life out of me – I was not happy anymore. Therefore, I left my corporate job and started to travel and live on my own abroad. I have just realized that traveling is what I really wanted. I may have had juggling jobs as I travel the road and may not be taking that “corporate ladder” which my parents have always wanted me to take on – but man, I’m living the dream! Right now, I’m into Social Media Marketing/Digital Marketing/Hotel Marketing and I love what I’m doing. I get to explore and experience a lot. As the saying reminds us “Do more of what makes you happy”.
You may want to read >> How I Manage To Travel and Live One Country At A Time
#4 Giving Up The Need For Material Things a.k.a Luxuries
Looking a few years back, I was an earthly-minded person (It may sound stupid but yes, I have to admit) My family and friends know how I addicted I was over gadgets. When there was a new phone unit, I would use what I had saved to buy it. Well, it is a different story now. Living a life of travel has taught me to give up my need for materialistic things. Why? Because I now value life experiences over material things. The countries I have been to, the friendships I have made, the adventures and misadventures I have ventured off and the lessons I have learned can never equate to material possessions – they are way more valuable. I know it is hard to comprehend but believe me – you will never understand it unless you TRAVEL (I mean travel, not tour abroad).
A pair of expensive Nike shoes or the privilege to be cycling through one of the most important Archaeological Park in in the world?
I can still remember that moment when I headed over Vietnam, there was a local who asked me what I wanted to do in life or what my greatest dream was. Do you know what my response was? I said, “I just want to travel”. If you would ask the old version of myself, may be the 19 year-old me with the same question, I would definitely answer it with “Cars and gadgets – LUXURIES”
At present, I weigh in and sort everything out from the most to the least important stuff. I filter out my needs and wants. I ensure that I only purchase the things I really need. Though it also feels great to have nice things (those of comfort and luxuries) but they are not just part of my priorities now.
#5 Spending Most Of Our Finances
I know many people find it expensive to travel – from the flight ticket to accommodation, food and some excursions. I agree with them. Many people have even sold their properties to travel the world or even spent the single cent they had. I even know a friend who began to work and save up when he was only 17 to pursue his dream – to travel the world. Well, he told me that he had already spent at least half of his savings. Well, again you cannot get something you want, without giving up something in return.
The best advice I can give (an advice from a 22 year old who started to travel and live on his own at the age of 21) is to sit down and weigh things up. Is that really what you want? Will that make you happy? Are your goals worth the price? Will you have regrets after? Are you willing to take the consequences? I would like to share these quotes I stumbled upon whilst working on this blog.
I hope I was able to share with you my thoughts and personal experiences about the sacrifices made to have a life of travel. If you have any questions or if you’d like to share your travel stories, please feel free to write on the comment section down below.
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