Today I publish the fifth travel chronicle written for the summer editions of the newspaper About Us |, published on paper last August 12. Chronicles are published by the end of the month, always on Mondays, in the DN - Summer of the newspaper (and here two weeks late).
#5 Traveling is not a rich thing
"I wish ..." must be the expression I hear most when I speak of my next travel destination. As if traveling was something unattainable, as if it would take a lot of money to leave the house. It is not! I know who has traveled the world outside with a budget of only 300 € per month. I know who has gone to live in India for a few months to lower their cost of living. And I know from experience that it is not necessary to spend fortunes to travel. More than anything, you have to want to. Want to.
I remember being out for three months in the Middle East when I heard this same "who gave me" from the mouth of a friend. "Do you want to come with me?" I asked him in the face of interest. "I wish I had," he resigned himself. The job, family or girlfriend, house rent or car credit - I do not recall in detail - apart from the alleged insecurity of the Middle East, were some of his arguments for not doing something he said he wanted to do . "But do you want to come with me or not?" Did not come.
Another time when I told a group of friends that I was going to travel for more than a year at a coffee table, another friend shot: "But did the totoloto leave you? Are you rich? " And minutes later I was talking about a car that I liked to buy and that would probably cost two rounds of the world. [to see How much is a trip around the world?]
As with everything else in life, options must be made for a great journey to be feasible. And, almost always, choosing means not having or doing things that we like in the name of a greater goal: in this case, to know the world, to travel.
That night out with the usual friends, with plenty of dinner and night out glasses, equals several days of travel in Thailand. That deferred cinema gives to many lunches in the streets of Vietnam. That piece of clothing that has long been engaged becomes multiple trips by bus or train. Not to mention shoes, boots, sneakers or wallets, from leaving the car at home and walking, cycling or public transportation, cooking instead of lunch, avoiding to buy magazines and newspapers daily, to decrease the number of coffees a day or even stop smoking. Yes, a month without cigarettes is a week in many countries of the world. And get a Part-time extra if required. In a word, save to travel.
More. If all the savings tricks fail, there is always the possibility of going on a trip, hostel, to the tables of a restaurant, to fruit picking or, better still, to language teaching, creative tasks or any business or task that may be executed on-line and therefore where the location is irrelevant - whether it is in the mirrored office building in the capital or in a beach hut in the Philippines.
We do not all have to like the discomfort of Burmese buses, the rubbish scattered in Indian cities, the chaotic traffic of Asian metropolis, the pollution of Chinese cities, Mongolian sensaborone food, the physical effort of a trekking in Nepal, to spend 70 hours aboard a Russian convoy, the sleepless nights on the floor of a tent, the infernal heat of the Sahara desert or the dangers of the Amazon jungle, or even the dolce fare niente of an all inclusive in Varadero. But it is our duty not to find excuses for not being happy.
More than money, you need the will to make the decisions that allow you to leave. Choose. Because traveling is not the rich thing - and I'm sure of that.
Series of Chronicles DN - Summer 2013
- The most "dangerous" country in the world
- Unforeseen travel
- The journey as school of life
- It takes courage
- Traveling is not a rich thing
- The gastronomy on the go
- Occupation: vagabundo
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