I love backpacking, I really do. It is part of who I am, it defines part of my innate character. I can’t imagine life without being able to hop on a plane and explore a new place on a whim, it is almost like I have a little voice in my head constantly singing the words to the Littlest Hobo theme song (and yes that is showing my age, don’t remind me!) Backpacking is so much a part of who I am I can’t really remember what I was like before I went on my first big trip and fell in love with the wonders of backpacking.
Actually, I can. Sort of. I’m reminded all of the time by people who say to me they wish they could travel, they wish they could see and do some of the things I have done, but they can’t. They list off a whole smorgasbord of pre prepared reasons why they can’t do what they have just told me they wish they could. They make excuses.
The thing is, there is absolutely no reason why they can’t do exactly what I have done, there is no reason why they can’t fulfil their wishes too! Look at me, I go backpacking all the time – sometimes for an extended period of time, sometimes only for a month or two – but still backpacking! It isn’t luck, or chance, or serendipity that allows me to do this, but my frame of mind. It is my conscious decision to make travel a part of my life, to work hard to pay for it and make a conscious decision to make it one of my priorities. I have backpacked around the world and seen and done things that most people will only ever dream of, but I am nothing special. I am not some super heroic renaissance man with the resources of a billionaire playboy. I’m just a normal guy, no different from any one of you, and there is absolutely no reason why you cannot go backpacking or travel the world too.
You just have to really want it, and then have the guts to follow your dreams.
But people don’t do this. They throw roadblocks in their own path, they make up a whole variety of excuses why they can’t do it. Why?
The most obvious answer is fear. Fear of the unknown, fear of change. People in general are creatures of habit, they get stuck in their little routines and anything that threatens to break them out of that terrifies them, even if it is something that they really want to do. But it really doesn’t have to. It really isn’t as terrifying as you think it is to realise your dreams. All it takes is the will to make it happen, and to stop making excuses.
In the following series of articles I want to explore a few of those excuses and tell you about some of the ways you can overcome them. Basically for all of you out there who still need that little push, I want to provide you with the means to throw off the chains of your own excuses, break from the conformity of your existence and get out there and realise your dreams! Backpacking can be one of the best things you will ever do in your life, but you will never get to experience any of it if you keep making excuses! Read the next article in this series here.