“Traveling is never a matter of money, but of courage.”
As a huge fan of Paulo Coelho’s literary works, I can easily relate to his views on the world. Recently, I started reading his book Aleph; inside, was the quote listed above, and it spoke to me immediately. Above all things, traveling truly is a matter of courage.
Yes, sure, it can be argued that you need money, but that argument can be countered with the idea that you don’t need that much. Often, it’s what holds people back from traveling, “Oh, I don’t have the money,” but it’s actually about so much more than just that.
It’s about stepping outside of your comfort zone and doing whatever it takes to travel the world, even if that means losing security, in one way or another.
Sometimes it’s financial security, other times it’s emotional security, but let’s be honest, it takes some courage to step outside your front door and out into the world. Otherwise, everyone would do it, and I know of plenty of people who are afraid of making that small step. Still the benefits outweigh the risks. Trust me.
What I’ve learned out on the road, often while testing my courage, has been invaluable in my life. It’s allowed me to grow and understand myself better. It’s taught me that I am capable of much more than I previously thought. It’s made me a more patient and kinder soul. Those are lessons that can most often be taught as we step outside of our comfort zones and into our courage zones.
Plenty of people quit their jobs and travel the world. Sometimes it’s just for a few months, but other times it’s for years at a time. To the average person this looks risky, especially in the sense of money, but more-often-than-not, those who are traveling this way have found a way to do so without a lot of money.
I can’t tell you the amount of times people say to me, “I wish I had the money to travel like you do.” I try to tell them that they do, but we have choosen to spend our money in different ways. To me, seeing the world is a priority, which is why, even if I don’t have all the money I need, I would choose to have less to travel the world.
Travel is important to me, and it takes courage more than anything else. But, in the end, if you have that courage, the courage to break away from the ordinary and see the world, I promise that your experience and what you will discover will be worth any and all risks.
“After weeks on the road, listening to a language you don’t understand, using a currency whose value you don’t comprehend, walking down streets you’ve never walked down before, you discover that your old ‘I’, along with everything you ever learned, is absolutely no use at all in the face of those challenges, and you begin to realise that, buried deep in your unconscious mind, there is someone much more interesting and adventurous and more open to the world and to new experiences.”