A lot of times I have felt like I want to visit every corner of this planet. Then, I realize it is all about keeping travel meaningful by truly enjoying your journey.
As a self-proclaimed travel lover, I have a way too long list of places I want to visit. The list grows every time I discover a new place in a magazine, newspaper, or blog. Sometimes I wonder if one day I will stop adding entries.
I am not sure if every person really passionate about travel feels the same. That long list of places to visit, bucket list, or whatever you want to call it, only shows one thing: an enormous desire to visit many places around the world. Many countries. Many cities. Many areas. In fact, some feel like visiting every corner of the world (I am exaggerating here but you get the point).
But there is a problem. Sometimes when I take a look at my list, revise it mentally, or discover a new place, I get anxious. Yes, I get anxious. I feel like I haven’t been anywhere. Seriously, I have visited about 17% of the countries in the world.
Common, that is not a lot of travel. And then, if I get to visit a country, I am not able to get to all the interesting areas. I have been to Madrid and Catalonia in Spain. But what about Galicia, Andalucía, and the Basque and Valencian countries. Plus, if I get to a city, I am not able to visit all the sights and attractions I want.
There is never enough time to go to all the places I want. Time keeps moving ahead but my travel plans are not progressing so fast. I wonder if I will ever be able to visit all those places I have dreamt about. What if I don’t have money, health, or resources? Will this ever be a reality? Feel like my head is going to explode. Have you ever felt like this?
Stop. When I start to think like this, I have to ask myself to stop. I bang my head on the wall and slap myself as an act of reminding myself to keep things in the correct perspective.
There is an important lesson I have learned after traveling for more than 15 years. It is a lesson I have to remember in order to maintain my sanity.
The world is a big place, full of amazing sights. Very few people get to really see and experience every inch of it. Even they can say: I haven’t been there. Now, I am not a full-time traveler. The reality is that there are some places I am going to miss. But this is not a race to prove something or to go somewhere just because.
What is important is to enjoy every moment and feel gratitude. If you decided to visit a place at a specific moment, please, make the most out of it. Be present and absorb every bit of it. Every moment has its own magic. You just need to look at it in the correct way.
And please, do yourself a favor. Stop the torture. Don’t think about the places and experiences you missed while visiting a place. You can always go back or have a similar experience somewhere else. Instead, feel gratitude because you were given life to enjoy those beautiful moments.
If you still want to see every corner of the world, by all means, go ahead. I still want to visit many, many places. However, keep travel meaningful by truly enjoying your journey.
How do you feel about visiting every corner of the world? Let me know in the comments section below.