Last week this time I was packing my bags once again to head to Miami, not for another beach vacation, but to speak as a panelist for Meet, Plan, Go.
This was the first MPG event in Miami (3rd for the organization overall) and I was honored to be asked to participate. Although I hadn’t quit my job to backpack around the world, I’m always happy to get people closer to making their travel dreams come true.
Many of the participants had already been on extended trips (6 weeks, 2 months, 6 months, etc) and some of those who hadn’t, already had plans underway. Like most most travel meet ups, we did introductions, talked about our experiences and answered the typical questions: What luggage should I use? What are your best packing tips? How much is enough money? How do you deal with shoddy internet service? etc.
“Should I only go to cities or rural areas or both?” Would it be best to avoid Europe and Australia all together because it’s more expensive there? However, it was these and similar questions that night that prompted my key take away:
Just like you can’t let the naysayers influence your decision to not go, you can’t let the experiences of others dictate your path. I challenge you all to take in the insight and advice given (at Meet, Plan, Go, in blogs, from friends) and use that as a source of inspiration to create and execute your own dream, WHATEVER that might be. Be open to the possibilities. Try new things. Stretch yourself. Get out your comfort zone, but always stay true to who you are at the core.
I know at times it is hard, but never feel compelled to live in the footsteps of some blogger/writer/friend/colleague. (That whole silly traveler vs tourist nonsense makes me gag, btw!). There is no right or wrong way to travel or live your life. As one panelist put it, travel is like sex, there are TONS of ways to do it, you just gotta find the way that works best for you…
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