Inspirational Travel? Just doing your own thing? Or, something different?
You’ve been traveling around the world for weeks, months, or even years, what happens when you get back home?
A hot shower, clean fresh towels, home cooked meals. And your own beautiful bed that hasn’t had 10,000 faceless strangers use it.
Yes, that stray hair is probably your own, for once.
A conversation about your adventures starts over dinner, which is good, but nothing like the exotic food from last week. Or even yesterday. Smiles all around for now, and then the conversation changes to politics, the neighbors, or worse still “what’s on TV later?”
We’ve all been there
If you’ve been in that situation, then no one needs me to tell them that taking out 10,001 photographs will change anything. With any luck some people have seen a few on your blog post or Facebook updates. It’s enough for them, trust me.
“Why don’t they get it?”
It’s a question many people ask once they’ve come home. Why don’t people feel the same way about travel?
They’ve not done it, that’s why. People have securities at home. Responsibilities to live for. Other priorities. Dreaming of travel is not one of them. There is no inspiration to be found here.
From the past:
Legends such as Alexander the Great inspired legions, societies, and history writers. Marco Polo led the way to controversy, discovery and new worlds of old.
Where are such people today?
Sometimes we don’t realize that we are living through history, right now.
Pick up a glossy magazine and you’ll see someone on the cover with an extraordinary inspirational travel tale to tell.
Yet soon we put the magazine down and it becomes apart of a collection, somewhere.
Switch over to a cable travel station and we’ll get scores of inspirational travelers names, inspirational travel shows and events. Or are they?
To me, most of what is on the cable travel shows is just … well … not very realistic. Nice pictures, but where’s the inspiration of actual travel beyond that?
As soon as the show is over, we flick channels and the story is lost.
Click on a fancy travel blog and read about someone traveling around the world. Nice photos … next.
Nothing sticks anymore. Why?
What’s the problem?
Are travelers today really doing anything special? Are they making new ground? Or just covering old ground with fancier graphics?
I think it’s the latter.
Planning to quit your job and go on a round the world trip?
Why not do something special with your once in a lifetime opportunity?
How to do it?
Who inspires you and why?
Have you read or seen a journey that inspires your heart to beat that extra beat?
Was it a movie, book or website?
If there’s a positive nod to any of the above, and you are planning a journey, then what’s stopping you?
You’re going traveling anyway, correct? Then why not become an inspirational traveler yourself?
Footsteps to follow:
Need ideas? Inspiration is found everywhere in travel.
- Follow an exact spice route, map it, put some history into it, photo it
- Visit, drink, and write about the best coffee plantations in the world today
- Climb a volcano, but do it at a different, harder, time of year, and video it
- Be the first to ride a motorbike from border to border of lesser known country
Just some random ideas. But, all are relatively simple tasks – with a purpose. A purpose that can be enjoyed as well.
From here, others will find your travels inspiring.
Then, when back home, you will have accomplished something more than just traveling around yet another place. You will have become an inspirational traveler to others. You will have led the way in your field of enjoyment.
You are not alone:
Over the next few weeks I will be introducing you to several inspirational travelers (note: check out the related posts below to read these interviews) . These are people I respect for stepping out from the masses, taking the gauntlet and going for it.
I hope with this series of interviews you will find a seed of inspiration with at least one of these inspirational travelers.
From this seed of inspirational travel, maybe, just maybe something great will grow.
It’s in all of us. You can feel it now. It’s just your choice if you want to run with it …
Inspirational Travelers interview:
The very first inspirational traveler I would like to introduce you to is, Jonny Bealby, one of my favorite travel authors. Jonny’s books and life is that of pure blood traveler.
Following the tragic death of his girlfriend while backpacking he rode around Africa on a motorbike, Asia on horse back, wrote three books about it, and ten years later he is now…
Well, let’s hear from Jonny himself about a Life After Travel that never happened!
Meanwhile; lets share something –
What or who inspires you to travel?
Do your think the great travel adventures of yesterday can still happen today?
Are you content with just “another” travel journey, or do you want to do something special?
Inspirational Travelers: Interview with Jonny Bealby (see below for the interviews)