The majority of people with whom I’ve crossed paths in life like traveling—or at least embrace the idea of it. Most of that majority is actually enamored with it. The prospect of seeing the world is an addicting and contagious thing. And it’s only become more popular in the past few decades. This may be due to cheaper airfare and hotel costs, but people definitely make a point to “get out of town” more and more often.
What I’ve found most interesting is how people approach satisfying that craving. Most people make a living by working full-time, some are entrepreneurs and others work part-time and go to school. The situations that can sometimes be more financially stable are often the hardest schedules to manipulate. If you work full-time in the corporate world, your time belongs to whoever you work for. Your schedule is not so easily maneuvered. You have to simply hope that you have enough time to take off and also hope that you will be allowed to travel when you want to.
Part-time workers usually have it easier taking off work but school can be a solid and unyielding obstacle. People with the drive to start their own businesses are often too busy running them to take off much time, even if it is completely up to them what their hours are.
Regardless, it can be challenging to plan out trips. One has to consider having enough vacation time, requesting off (some people, including myself, simply can’t ask off at certain times of the month), having enough money and spending it responsibly, and lots of other scenarios. At the end of the day, planning a vacation is just stressful.
This is why in a previous post I stress how beneficial it is (although difficult still) to travel as much as possible in college. People tend to be more free and have less responsibilities in college, and although covering traveling costs can be hard to pull off, it’s definitely doable. Once you start your career path, the time seems to speed up like a bullet train and before you know it, you’ve been at your company for a year, you’re a year older, and you feel like you haven’t done anything fulfilling with your life in your best years yet.
It only gets tougher from there, so the best thing we can all try to do is soak in the fleeting moments we get to actually live life. Those are the moments that really matter in the end.
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