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Planning that Once-in-a-Lifetime Trip
With foreign countries becoming far easier for the every-day folk to travel to nowadays, deciding where to go is no longer such a difficult question. As more and more people are finding, it’s the actual deciding to go that is the hardest thing to overcome. I take a look back to when I first took the plunge, and how that decision has altered my life.
I often had the dream to travel as lots of people do. I spent many hours during my working days looking out the window or staring at magazine pages of beautiful foreign lands. I often fantasised about being on a golden beach with the sun on my back, yet never so much as thought about the possibility of actually doing it. Then it dawned on me that you only get one shot at life, and if I don’t travel now, I may never get the chance to again. Suddenly all the talk became reality, and I booked my flight out of the UK, destination New Zealand.
I chose New Zealand for its simplicity for the first time traveller. Partnered with Australia and a few other countries, you really cannot go wrong, as there is a well-established and well-trodden route across the country forged by the traveller, and made for the traveller. In these countries travelling is easy, and although New Zealand couldn’t be further away from home, I figured it was a good place to start my adventures, and I have never regretted this decision.
Being very similar to England, New Zealand felt a lot like home for me, and once I had shaken off my initial fears and reservations, I felt the country open up to me, and I wanted to explore it from one corner to the other. I missed home but I had so much to look forward to. Travelling back then gave me a buzz that is hard to explain, and this feeling is still present when I go away today. It is the feeling of complete freedom, a feeling that we are supposed to feel every day of our lives, yet it’s a feeling that far too few people ever experience in a lifetime. To this day I still believe I am very fortunate to have been able to travel, and I wish we could all be equal in having this opportunity. This is why I strongly recommend travelling to anybody who is able. Forget your fears and realise a dream!
Through travelling I have become much more independent, much more worldly wise, and far more open minded. I understand I have only scratched the surface, and that there is a lifetime of experiences still waiting to be had, and that I will never see everything. I have learnt about cultures and languages, and how different one country is from the next, and how lucky I am to live in a stable country. In a strange way it has made me respect the country I have been born into, yet it has given me all the more reason to venture out of the country and seek residence elsewhere. I love the country I live in, but I lust for much more. I love the wealth and stability of my country, but I crave sunshine and dream about undiscovered lands.
New Zealand taught me a lot about travel and has been the country where I have learnt the most – largely due to it being my first destination. There are so many places I have yet to travel, and deciding where to go is all part of the fun now. When planning a trip I simply just pick a place and go, after all, there is beauty in every corner of this Earth. You just need to keep your eyes open and you will see it.
Written by Daniel Stevens,
Founder of Roundtheworldtrip.org.
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