Jeff Goins, discusses in the article "Why You Should Travel Young," published in Converge Magazine the excuses connected to the misconceptions of traveling and why there doesn't have to be an expiration date. Goins, expresses that traveling is not a source of killing time but a way of life.
At least once in our lifetime we have entertained the ideas of not living up to who we thought we were supposed to be and what that supposed to be means. For a lot of people traveling is something most of us dream to do yet excuses seem to hinder not the dream but the actual experience from happening. Goins, brings up the many disruptive thoughts he has heard from people who have convinced themselves why they shouldn't travel as opposed to how and why they should. Just for giggles lets take the hampering ideas like, "what about debt? … what about my job?… what about my boyfriend," and approach it from a place of confidence and not fear. Lets dissect how we can make this happen.
WHAT ABOUT MY RELATIONSHIP?
ANSWER: SHORT TERM TRAVEL
There are many programs out there that offer 3 month trips or shorter. If you feel you aren't ready to experience a lengthy program try dipping your toes in a short term project. Not only can you find a short term program but you can also choose a specialty. For example dancers have a hard time taking a break because their bodies are in constant demand of maintaining strength and agility. Programs like Dance Gap Year, offer short term programs that focus on the needs of dancers while giving them a gap year experience. ADVENTURE + EDUCATION= LIFE CHANGING
SHOULD I BE WORKING INSTEAD?
ANSWER: NAH, BUILD UP YOUR RESUME FIRST
Take the time to explore who you are and discover your strengths before entering the competitive professional world. The Brightspark Edu-Travel Report (conducted from October 5 – 21, 2011) polling 592 American entrepreneurial and business leaders show that many people feel "being well-traveled is a competitive advantage in the workplace, cultural exploration is the most enriching of student travel experiences and participating in student travel can help promote confidence and foster ambition." Understanding people means understanding business. CULTURAL IMMERSION + DIVERSITY= A FORCE TO BE RECKONED WITH
I DO NOT WANT TO GO INTO DEBT?
ANSWER: DON'T! IT WAS CALLED THE PIGGY BANK. NOW IT IS CALLED KICKSTARTER, GOFUNDME, FINANCIAL AID
Short term programs mentioned earlier in the blog are an option. There are also low cost and almost free programs you can read about in this Gooverseas article. Now that we are in the era of putting our entire lives on-line we might as well let those interested in our daily activities help us continue these incredible experiences. I can say from experience that when you really believe in what you are doing so will others. Check out our successful kickstarter campaign, "THE RACHEL PROJECT." SOCIAL MEDIA RESOURCES + BELIEF = INSPIRED DONORS
If you have questions about taking a trip or want to know more about Dance Gap Year, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org