Collect memories, not things… It’s an overused phrase these days but it’s so true. Keeping up with the Jones’ has turned everyone into a zombie trying to make more money to improve their house, car and other material things. Many/all of us compare ourselves to others and want what we see on social media vs. being happy with what we have.
We have our head down working for the goal of money… but money is always going to be there. There is always going to be someone with more of it, with nicer things and whose life appears “better” on the outside. Our new world has made us work so much and never take a breath to unplug, our head is down working but we never look up to appreciate what we have or live in the now. If you haven’t travelled then the time is now… stop worrying about having the nicest car, a new TV or material things and sacrifice a little comfort to build memories and stories that can never be taken away.
“Get busy living or get busy dying” – The Shawshank Redemption
Here are 6 Important Reasons To Travel & Start Making Memories
Everyone is dying…
This is a little morbid but it’s too true, especially if you live in the USA! A person in the USA dies every 12 seconds and there are 400+ accidental deaths per day! ACCIDENTAL! There are also 8 million mental health deaths per year! Point being, tomorrow isn’t promised so start doing what makes you happy!
“It’s kind of crazy to spend your life painting, if you’re painting something you don’t want to look at.” – Warren Buffet
While Millenials get a lot of shit I will agree that the pressure on them is like no other generation. While white-collar jobs are seen as cushy they also come with more pressure and salaries that demand extreme hours. People are hating their job more than ever and depression is at an all-time high. It’s time to stop chasing making money and chase experiencing the world!
The world is getting smaller, see it before it’s too late
In 2004 I was told a piece of advice that took me 5-10 years to fully understand. I was told to go see things that won’t always be the same as they are today. This stuck with me as I didn’t really know what it meant and the person wouldn’t elaborate. I have now interpreted it as to go see parts of the world that are less touristy before they become overrun and “Americanized.” For instance I haven’t done any Europe because of the fact that in most cases the architecture, the cities and such won’t really change in my lifetime. The cities will be large, they will be pretty and they aren’t going anywhere. Some cynics will point out the Notre Dame fire but come one… did you really care? Furthermore, I’m Catholic and that’s the least of the problems in the Church… too soon?
Anyways… people are dying on Mt. Everest because of long wait times at the top and to get back down! People are dying for Mt. Everest selfies! This is a thing! Google it! Machu Picchu in Peru has now started a ticketing system due to the amount of visitors. Thailand tourism is 10-fold what it was 10 years ago and getting over-saturated with tourists and more “americanized” by the day. Instead of Thailand go checkout Laos or Vietnam. Vietnam is a hidden gem where the motto is “go there, take pictures, be in awe, love every second, tell no one.” With that said go see more unique places before they become the next Mt. Everest or Thailand…
“Being connected to everything has disconnected us from ourselves and the preciousness of this present moment.” – L.M. Browning.
Asia, Africa and Latin America are changing by the year as well as getting overcrowded, especially with the advent of social media.While I love social media for many reasons it is unfortunate that it is uncovering a ton of once secret gems. Less visited hidden spots are now becoming tour bus destinations and making peaceful areas now tourist meccas that are becoming far too busy.
The Earth is also dying…
Earth is corroding before our eyes. Whether or not you believe in Global Warming (insanity this is a thing to question) you should believe that there are natural resources being wiped out at an alarming rate, animals are going extinct, cities are becoming too busy, we are expanding urban areas into nature consistently and there is a plastic patch in the Pacific Ocean that is 2x the size of Texas. With that all said… now is the time to go see as much as earth before humans kill more of it!
“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” – Jane Goodall
If you think it is too expensive or you can’t make it happen then here are my top budget travel tips and tricks to get you traveling more!
Memories Can’t Be Taken Away
No one tells stories from 10 years ago about car shopping for a new BMW. Not to mention a million people have a BMW… no one else has your story or incredible memory.
There is so much good and maybe bad experiences you can have in the world but at the end of the day they are “experiences.” One of the main things I tell kids is to go experience life! You may hate some things and you will love some things but you will never know until you try. That is a major reason you have to try so many courses in school so you can find out what you enjoy, are good at and maybe what you didn’t… but you will never know until you do it.
“A moment lasts all of a second, but the memory lives on forever.”
My favorite stories are from getting lost in a ghetto of Chiang Mai, ending up in this soccer version of Rucker Park, with string light bulbs over 5 small soccer fields. We played for 6 hours not able to communicate to these 50 Thai people, aside from communicating soccer. Another involved soccer where I was befriended by the Da Nang beach soccer team and played with them for a week, culminating with a goodbye dinner, which was nothing short of incredible. They also went on to become Vietnam and Asia champs! Point being… go make memories… and not just regular “I had margaritas at a 5-star resort, look at my picture and be jealous” memories.
Life Changing & Eye Opening
Travel will make you more understanding, more grateful and it literally will be life-altering.
Not to be negative but… my least favorite person is someone who knows what is right for the world but has never left their community and has learned everything from their family or religion… even though they haven’t seen outside a 50 mile radius of their town or one trip to Cancun. It’s not to say people are wrong but you also can’t say others are wrong when you haven’t seen anything else.
It is time to experience a new culture, new mindset, get out of your community and comfort zone to see there’s another way to live. Just because you were born in one type of family in one community in one religion doesn’t mean it is the only way. If you take the chance to immerse yourself in a new country the rewards will be endless, especially if that country is a third-world country.
Your Jaw Will Literally Drop
You will see some things you have never seen and the emotional rush you will get is unparalleled. Some of the sites you will see and the experiences will give you a full-body emotional reaction or a perma-smile and pump adrenaline like you have never had.
My jaw has been dropped multiple times for good and bad with things that will last with me forever and some that have changed me. Whether it was; rounding the corner to a waterfall in New Zealand; seeing a small child in India covered in 50 flies sleeping on cardboard; ruins in Belize; or walking the Choeung Ek Killing Field in Cambodia with tears in my eyes for over an hour reliving the genocide of millions in the 1970s; these are all things that a new TV or material item couldn’t have had the same impact on me… forever.
The point being you won’t get these feelings from buying bottles at a club, eating at Ruth Chris non-stop or buying the newest TV and no one can ever take these memories from you. I hope my ramblings made some sense and encourage you to keep traveling as much you can. I have travel tips and budget travel articles on the site so please check them out!
Leave a comment if you liked the article as well or if you have things we can add for version 2.0 :).