2015 has been the year I really started travelling. By the end of 2014 I had visited 17 countries (18 if you include my home country the UK), a moderate number for an average guy with a job, in the non-travelling community. In 2015 I nearly doubled that number whilst still managing to hold down a full-time commitment of a British Army Officer.
A road trip round Western Europe, sleeping in the back of my Volvo estate, Interrailing in Eastern Europe in August and managing to get away on a couple of city breaks at weekends has allowed me to clock up 16 new countries in just 10 months. Suddenly my tally of 34 countries (just over 1/6th of the total [more on that later]) doesn’t look too bad for a 21 year old in full-time employment.
Although the majority of the countries were in Europe and can be considered ‘easy’ countries to visit it is my view that if you have the willpower, regardless of time or money restraints, you can travel. On that note, money and time are always the two excuses people use to explain why they haven’t/can’t go travelling. Anyone can make excuses but not everyone has the stories to tell. As Mark Twain said “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
Do you want to talk to that well-travelled person at the dinner party or, do you want to be that interesting person everyone wants to speak to?