A trip starts at home

The most difficult part of a round-the-world trip is not to arrange transport, obtain the visas, get used to the food or communicate with a handful of Chinese who don’t speak a word of English: it’s to make the decision of leaving in the first place.

In a country where long term travel is almost unheard of, many people asked me about my motivation to quit my job and travel, why I made such a decision. Today, I want to share with you a quote that helped me take the step. It may apply to many other tough decisions as well:

Don’t think about it too much. Don’t make pro-and-con lists. Pro-and-con lists are nothing but trouble. If you think about it too much, you’ll just end up staying at home and then someday you’ll be telling your grandchildren, “I always wanted to do that” instead of showing them photos of the trips you took and giving them advice on where to go. My family and friends often say to me, “I’m living vicariously through you.” Don’t ever live vicariously. This is YOUR life. LIVE.

-LAVINIA SPALDING, 32, TEACHER, ARIZONA
Taken from Vagabonding, by Rolf Potts
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In his book, Rolf Potts defines Vagabonding as: “taking time off from your normal life—from six weeks to four months to two years—to discover and experience the world on your own terms“. If you’re interested in this unconventional kind of travels and travellers, a good first step is to have a look at the website and blog of Vagabonding.

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