When I was contemplating finally quitting my job and following my dream to travel, there was one thought I always came back to that eventually convinced me to go for it: The fact that when I’m 90, I will want to look back and know that I’ve seen as much of this world as possible, and that I’ve given back to this world as much as possible. As morbid as it might sound, I thought about my funeral, too.
Turns out I’m not the only one. This week, traveler and blogger Gary Arndt of Everything Everwhere posted The Top 10 Reasons to Travel Condensed Down Into 1 – with that reason being “You are going to die.”
He explains simply that there’s a big world out there, and we can choose to spend our limited time trying to see it and doing things we enjoy, or we can spend time accumulating material things and doing things that don’t make us happy. I also like to think that we can choose to live within the comfortable bubble that we know, or we can choose to experience how life has manifested across the globe and personally grow as part of the process.
This doesn’t mean you need to drop everything and travel for the rest of your life; it simply means that if you’re interested in travel, you can make it happen by adjusting your priorities.
Arndt ends with an example that I think explains it all: “When my father passed away 2 years ago, at his funeral no one talked about the cars he owned or things he bought. We talked about the trips we took and the things we did. Past family vacations and fishing trips were the first things which came to everyone’s mind. In the final analysis, we are sum total of our experiences. Who you are is what you’ve done.”
What do you think? Does thinking about your limited time on earth motivate you to travel?