Travels and Paradigm Shifts

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One of my favorite writers, J.R.R. Tolkien wrote in “The Fellowship of the Ring” that “not all those who wander are lost.” Obviously, he got a point for there are people who wander from one place to another, not because they have lost their way, but because they just want to discover new places and learn new ideas. The great men of the past such as Lao Tzu, Buddha, Herodotus, and many more, had traveled from one place to another to learn new ideas, seek new truths, and learn new ways of life. They definitely came back to their points of origin more knowledgeable, wiser, richer with new experiences, and with different paradigms. The radical changes in their personalities are aptly summarized by Francis Bacon when he said that at the start of his travel, he got plenty of convictions; at the end of his travel, he also end up with new convictions and a lot of shattered convictions.

Travel can be a lot of fun and can reinvigorate our sagging energy and zest for life. It is a way of getting a new lease in life, a new beginning, and definitely a new learning. Hence, before one travel, one has to loosen up a bit one’s convictions to accommodate new learning.

Yet, not many people were blessed with the chance of traveling to a lot of places. In fact, there are thousands or even millions of people who have never gone beyond the boundaries of their states or countries. They are so inured to poverty or even to work that they can’t even get the chance of experiencing the adventures brought about by frequent travels. Hence, they fail to see the Seven Wonders of the World, and don’t bring back with them awesome travel pics.

Start with a Plan
Travels start with a plan. I have known of people who travel minimally and without much money. They sometimes take advantage of travel promos and they travel lightly. Other people are sometimes left wondering how these people were able to travel with minimal budget. The catch is that—these people got travel plans, and unless you got your own travel dreams and plans, you might end up like the billions of people who weren’t able to see even one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Hence, you got to start with a plan, and make a timetable for your plans. Say for instance, if you want to go to Egypt, you got to position yourself slowly for the achievement of that plan. You got to have a timetable; then work to achieve that timetable. You should find a work that would enable you to have a fantastic holiday abroad. Your work should let you have the luxury of time and money for this dream travel.

Works such as day trading, for example, can be a viable way of achieving your dream, giving you the needed income and time to travel while working. However, if you feel that in the coming years, your work will never afford you the luxury of time and money for a nice travel, then I guess it’s time for you to resign from your work and find a more suitable work that would allow you to fulfill your dream. After all, life is too short not to achieve your travel dream.