Poor by definition is lacking sufficient money to live at a standard considered comfortable or normal in a society. So how can someone travel when they’re ‘poor’?. One of the myths of travelling is to be financially equipped because travelling is expensive. Well, it doesn’t have to be when you know how to travel smart. Travelling can either be expensive or cheap depending on so many things like modes of transportation, accommodation and expenditure. People have been complaining on how they would love to travel but they can’t afford it.
So why travel when you know you can’t afford it?
It makes you richer. Experience makes you wiser and it makes your life richer. Experience is the contribution used by the mind to allow matter achieve a realization of its own existence. Without experience, the mind remains passive and consequently matter can’t realize its own existence. Every human experience is distinctly different from one another. The difference that makes the experience worth sharing.
Travel makes you braver. Have you ever had the “what if” thoughts? Are you not bothered with what could have been instead?. Change your thoughts and you will change your world. It makes you brave in many ways; to try something you’ve never thought of trying, making friends with strangers you just met or to overcome things that limit your potential. It will make you rethink everything and realise that things are never as hard as we imagine them to be.
It makes you alive. Traveling gives you the sense of living. Many say traveling makes them feel alive in ways they’ve never experienced before. It gives you the freedom from the mundane responsibilities of adulthood and it gives you the chance of breaking away from routine. The work-life is soul sucking, it makes people forget that they can always have the money but they can never buy time with it.
Travel makes you more appreciative. It makes you appreciate home and the greatest things in life. It makes you miss old and new places, family, friends, affinity and familiarity. You will realise how important it is to have gratitude. We live in a world full of abundance and most of us have access to everything we need and much of what we desire. Yet many people are very dissatisfied with their lives. But when you travel, you will have a refreshing perspective on things when you go to other places as you see life from a different point of view and you will see how people make the most out of what little they have.
It makes you rediscover yourself. Sometimes people find themselves totally lost in a ‘paradoxical Bermuda Triangle‘. Most people are following the path that has been designed for them, like a string-puppet, and still find themselves in the middle of nowhere, clueless. We spend the best years of our lives learning things that have been passed on, but all the knowledge in the world can’t make you whole. When you travel, you meet people from all walks of life. These people will either make or break you and this is where it will strengthen yourself. When you know who you are, you care less about what others think of you. You no longer need anyone else’s approval, and you become more comfortable with your true self.
So what is stopping you from having all the things that can enrich your life?. Don’t make money as one of the biggest barriers to travel. Start earning extra money to pay for some of the travel and plan trips that are inexpensive. Learn the difference between want and need. I think the biggest barrier to travel is mental. If people would just sit down and commit to doing something and then find a way to make it happen they could do just about anything. It’s just easier to make excuses than it is to sit down and be practical. At least until you do it for the first time.
p/s: Pictures are taken from Google.