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Three Hundred & Sixty Two. Travel

November 1, 2011 / ,



A few of my friends shared this on Facebook, 
& I didnt really bother to read about it initially.

Then, I was reading my special friend, Melissa's blog,
& she mentioned about it as well.

So I decided to take a proper read of the entry,
& now I wish to share it here as well.
(the red coloured ones are sentences which I really liked/agree with)

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3 reasons to travel while you're young

“Yeah, but…”

Never were more fatal words spoken.
Yeah, but… what about debt?Yeah, but… what about my job?Yeah, but… what about my boyfriend (or dog or car or whatever)?
“Yeah, but…” is pernicious. Because it makes it sound like we have the best of intentions when really we are just too scared to do what we should.
It allows us to be cowards, while sounding noble.
Most people I know who waited to travel the world never did. Conversely, plenty of people who waited for grad school or a steady job and traveled still did those things — eventually.
Be careful of the yeah-but. The yeah-but will kill your dreams.
I was so stirred by this conversation that I shared it with a group of about thirty young adults last night, many of which are asking these very questions.

The life you’ve always wanted

When you get older, life seems to just sort of happen to you. Your youth is a time of total empowerment.
You get to do what you want. As you mature and gain new responsibilities, you have to be very intentional about making sure you don’t lose sight of what’s important.
So if you still have a reasonable amount of control over your circumstances, you should do what really matters. Because life won’t always be just about you.
During early adulthood, your worldview is still being formed. It’s important to steward this time — to give yourself opportunities to grow. A good way to do that is to travel.
So, young person, travel.
Travel wide and far.
Travel boldly.
Travel with full abandon.
You will regret few risks you take, when it comes to this. I promise you.
There are three reasons to travel while you’re young:

1. Traveling teaches you to live an adventure

When you look back on your life, you will have moments of which you are proud and maybe a few you regret. It’s likely that the following won’t be on the latter list:
  • Bicycled across the Golden Gate Bridge.
  • Appeared on Italian TV.
  • Hiked a Mayan ruin.
  • Learned Spanish in three months.
  • Toured Europe by train.
They’re not on mine (fun fact: I’ve done all of the above)
What, then, will be?
  • Holding back.
  • Being afraid.
  • Making excuses.
  • Not taking more risks.
  • Waiting.
While you’re young, you should travel.
You should take the time to see the world and taste the fullness of life. It is worth whatever monetary investment or time sacrifice that is required on your part.
It’s not about being a tourist. It’s about learning the importance of experiencing true risk and adventure so that you don’t have to live in fear for the rest of your life.

2. Traveling helps you encounter compassion

In your youth, you will make choices that will define you. The disciplines you begin now will be with you for the rest of your life.
Traveling will change you like little else can. It will put you in places that will force you to care for issues that are bigger than you.
If you go to southeast Asia, you may encounter the slave trade. If eastern Europe, you may see the effects of genocide and religious persecution. If Haiti, you’ll witness the the ugly side Western paternalism.
Your heart will break.
You will begin to understand that the world is both a big and small place. You will have a newfound respect for the pain and suffering that over half of the world takes for granted on a daily basis. And you will feel more connected to your fellow human beings in a deep and lasting way.
You will learn to care.

3. Traveling allows you to get some culture

While you’re still young, you should get cultured. Get to know the world and the magnificent people that fill it.
There’s nothing quite like walking alongside the Coliseum or seeing Michelangelo’s David in person. I can describe the city of San Juan and its amazing beaches and historic sites to you, but you really have to see it for yourself to experience it. You can read all the books in the world about the Great Wall of China or The Louvre, but being there is a different story.
The world is a stunning place, full of outstanding works of art. See it.
Do this while you’re still young. Do not squander this time. You will never have it again.
You have a crucial opportunity to invest in the next season of your life now. Whatever you sow, you will eventually reap.
Please. For your sake, do this.
You won’t always be young. And life won’t always be just about you. So travel. Experience the world for all it’s worth. Become a person of culture, adventure, and compassion.

“What if I’m not young?”

Travel, anyway. It may not be easy to do, but find a way to get out of your comfort zone. It’s really never too late.
But if you haven’t gotten sucked into the routine of life yet, I implore you — travel. It will never be easier than it is right now for you to do that which really matters.
If you’re young, have you traveled yet? Have you seen what the world has to offer and how it can change you? What’s holding you back?
If you’re older, did you travel when you were young? What regrets do you have?
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Wow.
I was pretty impressed with this article.
For a moment,
I thought of how I have declined oversea trips with friends,
simply because of $.
Back in secondary school,
when my classmates went to Cameron Highlands,
I couldnt afford to go.
Back in uni,
when my tutorial mates went to BKK,
I could afford to go,
yeah.. but I didnt bear to spend the money on the trip.
Back in uni,
when my closest uni friends went for exchange,
I wished that I could go,
but clearly,
there was no way I could fork out that additional 10k.
& I did not want to increase my own burden by loaning any further amount.
After graduation,
I wished I could go Europe for my graduation trip.
Yeah.. but I went for Taiwan instead.
Because it was so much more affordable.
I even wanted to scrape off the idea of going for a grad trip.


Nevertheless, 
I am glad I went it.
Experienced so much more,
the different climate,
the different modes of transport,
the different food,
the different culture,
the different people,
how (most of the)Taiwanese whom we met were so polite & well-mannered.




& even, a different sunset experience.


Other than Taiwan,
I've been to.. say..
Malaysia - KL, Genting, JB, Redang
Indonesia - Bintan, Batam
So, Taiwan was my first flight;
but it will definitely not be my last.



I want to travel to so many countries.
Australia is still top on my list,
even though it's oh-so-common I know.
Japan next.
HongKong, Thailand for a more budget trip.
I want to try voluntary work overseas as well.
Europe, definitely.
But to be realistic,
not anytime soon.


I have a dream,
a simple dream..

My dream is to go for an overseas trip together with all my family members:
Mummee, Papa, Sis, Bro-in-law & niece.
My mummee & sis have not taken the plane at all before.
not sure about my bro-in-law..
I want to take the plane together with all of them..
It doesnt matter where we travel to.
No need for Europe, USA or Japan.
Hongkong, Thailand, Taiwan or even Genting seem good enough.
This dream of mine,
I dont know if it's ambitious or not.

But I really wish to fulfill it one day..
& I shall.
  1. hello! i just wanna say that your dream is definitely attainable. th experience you gain through traveling is something that not even money can measure up to. besides, we are gonna spend th next 30/40 years of our life working & being tied down by responsibilities. & earn so much $ for what, also cannot bring into th coffin. LOL. so why not go explore th world while we can? =)

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  2. "& earn so much $ for what, also cannot bring into th coffin. " hahah cliche statement! but i get your drift :) yup you are so right! so now.. gta save up to pay uni loan & then to travel next! ^^

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