There’s Nothing to it but to Do it

People always say to me, “How do you travel so much? I really would love to travel but can’t find the time”. In some cases that’s true like if you have a family or a circumstance, but most of the time it’s people just being lazy and not making the time to do what they really want to do. I am a big believer that you shouldn’t put off what you really want to do. You’re the only person who can make your wishes come true. This isn’t just about traveling but about everyday life and goals. I always say, work hard and play hard and there’s nothing to it but to do it.

To me it’s a foreign concept, but I know people who haven’t been on vacation in years. These people work all the time and a lot of them hate their jobs. Some make a lot of money and some don’t but these people are not happy and just don’t recharge their batteries-ever. Another adage I always use is “You can’t take it with you”, in regards to money of course. When your time comes, it doesn’t matter if you have seven figures after your name or four, all that really matters is what you did with the time you had.

If you died tomorrow and someone was giving your eulogy at your funeral, would you want them to say that you were a tireless worker, giving your life to your company and never enjoying your hard earned money or would you want them to say that you got the most out of your life and did the things you wanted to do and inspired others to do the same. I will take the latter. We all need to work and we all need money to do things we want in life and you should want to be successful. I believe that success at work breeds success in life because it gives the you the ability and the confidence to do and take what you want.

My point is that sometimes people have to look around and see what they are working so hard for. People need to plan for the future of course, but people really need to live for the present as well and enjoy their lives before things get complicated and while they are still young enough to really experience things. Again, this post isn’t just about travel but it is kind of a metaphor about life, relationships and anything else important to you. Not that you can’t do whatever you want if you are older because you can and will have a blast, but for anyone who has really been free (in multiple ways) as a young person-there is a big difference and those are the best memories you will take with you the rest of your life. Life is short, don’t waste it.

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  1. Well said Lee, people totally make excuses not to do things especially travel–oh well their loss.

  2. Former Traveler says

    Hi Lee, I am a 42 year old mother of 3. I just had my third child and I traveled extensively around SE Asia and Europe for years in my 20’s. I am happy now in my life and what has come of it but my greatest memories will always be of my travels as a 20 something. I daydream about being back on the beach in Thailand before all the tourists started going there in droves and living life to the fullest. Thanks for this story because I totally agree-do it while you’re young.

  3. I couldn’t agree more Lee, I want to do everything before I settle down and get a job and a family. I need to get out of Scotland

  4. Barcelona Raul says

    I am broke and spend every euro I have traveling around Europe and Africa because i love it so much that I don’t care about anything except what is now

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