Dream Always

Dreaming away in Venice, Italy
Dreaming away in Venice, Italy

Why It’s Not So Easy to Drop Everything to Travel the World

Lately I’ve seen a lot of blogs, posts, quotes, expressions and people saying, ‘just drop everything and go, travel the world!’ Whilst in theory I love the thought of this and wish I could, the bottom line is that there’s many of us squeezing in some time on Facebook before after we finish a double shift, or before a uni lecture to read these posts, and I can assure you that the majority of people would love to be sipping cocktails in Greece or exploring London, rather than do these things. So here’s why it’s not so easy to drop everything to book a one way flight to New York, Tokyo or Moscow.

*On a side note, if anyone out there would like to give me an all expenses holiday, please comment below* 😉

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1- I’m Poor – The big factor here… no money. And when I say no money, when I find 20cents on the ground… I get pretty damn excited! Also, everything about international travel is expensive! Do you know how much a one way ticket to London costs? About $1000… and that’s just to get there!

2- I have a job (so that I’m not poor) – In order to fund my coffee addiction, pay for university textbooks and pay for internet, I need to work, and a lot! I really enjoy my job(s) as well, and if I even want to think about booking flights, I’m going to have to work 25 hours a day 8 days a week!

3 – I need to find myself – Whilst travelling the world is a good way to discover a lot about yourself, when you’re home with your family and friends is also a good time to grow as a person. It helps you re-evaluate your views, dreams and ambitions, and may differ from those of the traveller version of you. Also, travelling can be stressful and exhausting, and there really is no bed like YOUR bed.

4- It’s not the right time – Personally, right now would not be the right time to go overseas at all. I need to be here for my family, for my job, my boyfriend, my friends, my commitments, my degree… I have a lot of things going on at the moment. I know that there never seems to be a right time to go on a big overseas adventure, but there are definitely wrong times, and this is one of them.

5- I’m quite happy here for now – My home is pretty damn awesome! I like within a 10 minute drive to over 10 pristine beaches, close to the city, I have friends to go out with, family to have dinner with… AND the best part about having wanderlust at home is that you can discover some pretty incredible places in your own backyard!

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I think the most frustrating thing for me is a combination of these things. I do want to travel and live overseas, but I also have a lot of other goals and ambitions as well. And to work towards achieving those it requires me to have a job, go to university and save my money. I’m trying to keep the bigger picture in mind and work towards achieving all of my goals and not just my one desire of travelling the world. Yes, a part of this frustration is jealousy of my friends and family that seem to be travelling internationally every second month, but I know I’ll get there once I work hard for it.

So what do I do to settle nearly every atom which is jumping up and down with infectious wanderlust?

1- I make (realistic) goals – Making realistic goals is the most important first step towards reaching your desired outcome. For example, there’s only a certain amount of money I can earn in a year and therefore it might take me two years to save the money I need for a trip overseas. By being realistic, they’re actually achievable and you can work hard to reach them. There’s no point setting your goals too high and not achieving them.

2- I plan – Planning makes me feel like I am about to get on a plane in a months time. I read magazines, blogs, newspapers… anything with beautiful photos of cities, mountains and beaches around the world I want to go to.

3- I work (extremely) hard – If I set a goal, I will stick to it. I’ll pick up extra shifts, I might say no to a few nights out, I might cut back on buying my lunch… I do everything in my power to reach that goal and live my dream!

4 – I get there – It may take some time, but I’ll get there, and the gelato in Rome will taste even sweeter!

So internet… PLEASE STOP TELLING ME TO DROP EVERYTHING AND TRAVEL! I’m working on it!

xxx

A

I’ve Been (Nearly) Everywhere Man!

These are just some places I’ve been in the world. I still have many more continents, countries and cities to explore, but this is what I’ve done so far!

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Australia

Everywhere! Except Tasmania which is definitely on my list of places to go!

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My beautiful home town of Port Stephens

 Austria

Innsbruck // Salzburg // Hopfgarten (2013)

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A Winter Wonderland in Innsbruck, Austria

Belize

San Ignacio // Caye Caulker

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Snorkelling the Barrier Reef in Caye Caulker

Canada

Montréal // Toronto // Québec City (2016)

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View of Montreal from Mont-Royal

 China

Shanghai (2013)

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Stunning Shanghai. Welcome to the future

 Czech Republic

Prague (where I nearly died from alcohol poisoning) (2013)

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Rooftops of Prague

 England

London // Brighton // Leeds // York // Whitby // Harrogate //

LONDON 2016

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London… my home away from home

 France

Paris, Paris (again), Paris (again for my birthday!) (2013) //

PARIS 2016 (I’ve been there FIVE times because I love it so much!)

La Rochelle // Bordeaux (2016)

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La Rochelle. The cutest little place you’ve ever seen

 Germany

Munich // Dachau (2013)

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Sombering moment at Dachau concentration camp.

 Greece

Zakynthos (Zante) (2013)

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Banana beach! Totally worth the dangerous motorbike ride there

Guatemala

Antigua // Lake Atitlan // Rio Dulce // Flores // Tikal

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The colourful streets of Antigua

 Hungary

Budapest (2013)

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Thermal pools in Budapest

 Iceland

Reykjavik // Golden Circle(tour) (2013) //

Westman Islands // ROAD TRIP (2016)

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Surrounded by mountains on the Westman Islands

 Italy

Venice // Rome // Naples // Pompeii (2013)

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The beautiful canals of Venice

 Ireland

Dublin // Cork // Galway // Derry/Londonderry (whatever you prefer to call it) // Belfast (2013)

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Irish coastline near the Giant’s Causeway.

Mexico

Mahaual // Mexico City

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New Zealand

Palmerston North // Wellington // Lake Taupo // Rotarua // Tauranga // Auckland // Hamilton // Christchurch // Queenstown // (2010)

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Mud baths in Rotarua, New Zealand

 Netherlands

Amsterdam (2013)

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Tulips in Amsterdam

 Norway

Oslo (Ok I didn’t really go to Norway, however I did spend a lovely 9 hours in its small airport overnight, freezing my ass off, trying to sleep and drinking coffee/eating baguettes only to find out that because of the exchange rate, paid 15pounds for a baguette! It’s also stamped in my passport. So even though I don’t really consider that I’ve been to Norway, I did have an interesting experience there so I still count it). (2013)

Philippines

Manila 

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The insane traffic of Manila

Poland

Krakow (2013)

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Celebrating NYE in Krakow

 Scotland

Edinburgh // St. Andrews // Oban // Isle of Skye // Inverness // Aberdeen // Dundee (2013)

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Hiking in the Scottish Highlands

Spain

San Sebastian // Barcelona (2016)

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Soaking up the sun in San Sebastian

United States

Washington D.C // Boston // New York City // San Francisco // Pacific Coast Highway // Los Angeles // Hawaii

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Capitol Hill before the world went crazy and voted for Trump