As a girl who has visited 35 countries in my 24 years on this planet it’s safe to say that travel has been a big part of my life so far. I absolutely adore travel and there’s not a day that goes by where I don’t think about somewhere I’ve been, somewhere I’m going or somewhere I dream of exploring in the future.
At the age of 24 I certainly don’t profess to know the meaning of life or anything as serious as that, but I do know that life isn’t worth living without happiness.
Travel makes me happy so I took the decision to become a professional travel blogger and writer instead of settling into a 9 to 5 office job where I knew I’d be miserable and unfulfilled. It was a decision that I know lots of my family and friends thought was a bit crazy (and probably still do) and thought that it wouldn’t last and I’d be working a ‘regular’ job by now rather than having just celebrated two years as a professional travel blogger and writer.
The main reason for my unusual career choice was happiness. I knew a job that involved travel would make me happy and without happiness what is life? I know that sounds a little over dramatic but really it’s true.
Life isn’t supposed to be about going through the motions, working a dead end job, going to the same places week in and week out and just generally existing rather than really living...
I believe happiness should but right up there at the top of everyone’s priorities. Eat, sleep, be happy, repeat. Everything else on the list is up to you, but those should be non negotiables.
Our time on earth is finite so there’s no point in sitting thinking ‘I’ll be happy when I (insert random dream situation here)’.You need to make yourself happy now. You are in control of your own happiness and that’s a job you should be taking seriously
You might have noticed that my little tag-line on my blog header reads “I’m busy making memories around the world…” and that’s not just some twee, cutesy statement to make me look all wistful and dreamy. It’s there because that’s actually what I’m trying to do with my life. I don’t spend a lot of money on materialistic stuff like designer clothes, shoes or handbags and instead I spend my money on experiences, on travel, because that means more to me than a bunch of things ever could.
I don’t ever see myself sitting around in 20-30 years time saying ‘I used to have the most gorgeous handbag’. Instead I’m more likely to be saying ‘remember that time I went to a cooking class in Lyon/went quad-biking in Iceland/watched the sunrise on a beach in Italy/etc’. Those are the things that matter to me, the memories and the experiences.
I want to create as many as possible of the kind of memories that have me smiling, laughing and feeling joyous when remembering the things that have happened, the people I’ve met and the crazy adventures I’ve gotten myself into. Those are the kind of experiences and memories that make for a great and happy life.
You can’t help but make memories when you travel. You get to see new places, experience new cultures, meet new people, eat different foods, listen to other languages and so much more. All of these elements presents something new and different that will challenge you, but life’s best experiences often come from challenges.
Sure, travel won’t be all fluffy and perfect and there’ll be days when you’ll get lost, feel homesick, won’t like a destination etc, but, all in all, travel will make you a better, stronger and more rounded person by forcing you out of your comfort zone.
I’m not saying everyone should just quit their jobs and live a location independent lifestyle like I do, because that certainly won’t work for everyone. I’m saying that you should choose happiness. Choose to do the things that make you smile, make your heart sing and feel excited and giddy.
Don’t wait for tomorrow to do the things that’ll bring you happiness, because every day you spend being unhappy is a day you’ll never get back.