An Open Letter to Those Who Dream of Traveling the World
Growing up, Disney taught me that dreams were wishes our hearts made. I longed to travel the world, touch distant buildings, live in foreign cultures, and let new oceans crash at my feet. When I presented the idea of moving to Ireland, I was told that some dreams should stay just that. Dreams. Never before had I suffered such a crushing blow. The people I looked to most in the world told me that my dreams were not worth reaching.
Much to the shock of the people in my life, I decided to go after my dream. I quit my job, broke up with my boy friend, put plane flights on a credit card, packed two suitcases, and headed to Ireland. Despite everything in my path, I chased my dream. I moved to Ireland with no place to live, no job, and no friends. All I had were the possessions I carried with me, a Working Holiday Visa, and determination to prove everyone wrong.
I am here to tell you to chase your dream.
Traveller, if you dream to see the sunset from Asia, then go see it. If you long to ride a camel in Morocco, book the flight. If you want to live in Europe for a year, research the process. If you want to teach English to people, get your TEFL certification. There are so many possibilities. Please do not think that just because you have a dream to do something that you should keep it that way.
I do understand that everyone is in a different situation. Some people are physically or mentally incapable of traveling the world. Others don’t have the financial support to see distant lands. For those of you who fall into those categories, my heart breaks for you. The world is an amazing place, and I wish I knew a way to share it with you. I guess that’s why I write like I do. I want to help you see the world as much as I possibly can.
But for those of you who could take the ultimate leap of faith and chase your dream to see the world, do it. You will never regret it.
There’s countless quotes on why and how people should travel. It makes you richer. It’s the best education. Twenty years from now you’ll regret the things you didn’t do. So on and so on. The different quotes on travel inspire us differently.
They inspired me to chase my dream.
I hope that with each story I share from my adventures that I inspire each of you to chase your dreams. Don’t be afraid to fail. Without failure there is no success. Travel is a hit or miss. You’ll experience wonderful cultures and get horribly lost. You’ll spend a lot of money but gain countless experiences. You’ll fall in love with people and places and then you’ll be heartbroken to leave them.
Travel changes you. It opens your eyes to distant worlds. Travel shows you that you are not alone. From the ethnic groups in Africa to the jungle in South America to the small town in America, everyone goes through the same struggles. You are not alone. We are all human, just live different lives. Traveller, don’t be afraid to change. Don’t be afraid to open your heart to new people and traditions. I believe firmly that we are all placed where we are for a specific reason. People come into our lives and mold us. They teach us. Our eyes take in grand structures like the Eiffel Tower or the Great Wall of China and out lives will never be the same for having seen these things. Traveller, you will change on the road, but please do be afraid. Welcome the change.
Traveller, leaving home was the most difficult thing I ever did, but what awaited me on the other side of the Atlantic was my dream. My dream was to travel the world. I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list. I’ve started the life-long love affair that is world travel, and we aren’t breaking up any time soon. Travel is my life. It is my calling, my dream. What is yours?
If you’re dream is to travel the world, then traveller, go do it. Chase your dream. See the world. Fall in love. Scrape your knees. Try new foods. Climb a mountain. Get lost.
With all the love in the world,