Traveling while young, making memories all over the world

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Thursday, November 12th, 2015 at 12:02 AM
Traveling while young, making memories all over the world  by Becca Martin
Traveling may seem daunting, but it’s an indelible experience.

If you pile up enough tomorrows, you’ll only be left with empty yesterdays.

I want to travel the world. I think it’s an important part of life to immerse yourself in different cultures and see the way others live. Let the world challenge you and change you. Let it break you out of your comfort zone you’ve been living in for 20 something years.

There are people that do know exactly what they want to do before they even get to college and those who figure it out while there. That is awesome for those people, but I am not one of them. I am more directed now with what I want to do than when I got to college, but I still can’t picture myself at a 9-5 desk job. It just doesn’t seem suiting for my personality at this point in my life.

The only thing I am certain about is that I want to travel. I want to travel as much as I can, for as long as I can. I want to explore everything life has to offer. I want to constantly live out of my comfort zone and figure out exactly who I am and where I’m supposed to be.

When I talk to people, generally retired or around that age, about traveling, their responses don’t ever seem to differ very much. It’s usually something like, “do it now while you’re young and you aren’t married and have bills to pay.” Or “I wish I would have traveled when I was young, because life sneaks up on ya.”

That is the life I don’t want to live, one filled with regret from the things I didn’t get to do. I want to go to Thailand and spend my days at an elephant sanctuary, or be in Africa helping rebuild schools, or in South East Asia teaching English to children.

With traveling, the possibilities are endless. There are so many incredible opportunities out there if we just took the leap and went for it. I have read travel blog after travel blog and no one has ever written, “I regret traveling, I wish I didn’t experience everything I did.” It just doesn’t happen. The world has so much to offer and I want to take advantage of it. I think everyone should.

Hearing stories of others and scrolling through Instagram pictures and blog posts inspires me more and more every day. I believe that traveling is the only thing in life you can buy that makes you richer. I’d rather experience something once than hear about it a thousand times. I have had the opportunity to travel to France, Spain, Italy, Canada and Mexico. I have taken a road trip down to Florida and flown across the country to visit California. From a young age, I was blessed with opportunities to travel and the desire has not stopped there.

I want to make memories all over the world. I want to keep moving and keep discovering new places. I want to see things I could never dream of and immerse myself in new cultures. I want to live out of a backpack. I want to rid the items that have no value to me, but I keep “just in case.” I want to help change the world and build houses for those who don’t have one. I want to volunteer at orphanages and help take care of street dogs. I want to travel from place to place and leave my mark.

Ultimately, I want to be the girl who never settles on anything. I want to be the best version of myself I can be and I believe traveling is the way to do it. Work will come eventually for me, but I believe experience is far more valuable than money will ever be. 

Becca Martin is a Copy Editor for The Spectator.

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