How Traveling Can Inspire You

Posted by: 4realAdmin on April 3rd, 2014

It’s crazy, when you are little the idea of growing up is such an exciting, mysterious realm. Your imagination kicks in and you fantasize about all the amazing things you plan on doing when you grow up. You think about how happy you will be when you are finally taking care of yourself and calling your own shots. “Go away Mom! I can take care of myself!”  Now the question I have is, if we were so excited about the future and what life will be like when we are older, why is it that most of us fall short of those expectations? Why is depression and stress such a huge part of an adult life? Now obviously there are a lot of responsibilities that we inherit that we never really thought about as a kid, but are they really powerful enough to cause us to be unhappy and feel empty?


I don’t think they are; now obviously there are a lot of things that happen in our lives that are out of our control. Like the Subway not showing up on time, or your car breaking down on your way to the most important meeting of your life. It sucks I know, but these things happen, you can’t control them so stop trying to. You can only control how you react to the uncontrollable. So what’s the point in getting upset? Throwing a tantrum and ruining your mood for the rest of the day, in a week you will probably forgot all about it. The point I’m trying to make is that we are all constantly getting caught up in the little things, the muck and we forget to truly live our lives the way we imagined we would when were seven.


For me, traveling and meeting like-minded people has always been a priority to keep myself grounded and not let the muck in my life consume me. When I was a kid, I dreamt about traveling to Alaska, as an obsessed skier and the co-founder of two ski businesses, and, it has been the top destination on my bucket list forever. As someone who travels a good amount, I can honestly say that this trip was the best trip of my life. Not because of the destination. Obviously having the chance to go skiing in Alaska is a dream come true, but because of the people on this trip. There were fourteen of us, all from different parts of the world, from Hawaii all the way to Europe. There is something to be said about surrounding yourself with like-minded people. Driven people that inspire you to be the best version of yourself and to never settle. Going on a trip like this, with all of these amazing individuals has brought the seven-year-old version of myself out. Not the immature, silly version. While that does show on occasion, but the “I can do anything” self, the “never take no for an answer” self, the “follow your dreams” self, and the “happy-fulfilled” self. I feel for anyone that is serious about breaking out of the status quo and living their life to the fullest and having a huge impact. Taking part in one of these trips from Under30 is the best way to jumpstart yourself into that life you pictured for yourself when you were a kid.



Before I went, I had thought of a million reasons why I shouldn’t go on one of these trips, but after getting back, I can honestly say, I would have regretted not doing this for the rest of my life. Take the risk. It’s worth it.


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