Travelling as a Lifestyle: Self-Realization

Travitas has always advocated integrating travel as part of our lifestyle, but the general consensus is that this is easier said than done. In this two-part year-end special, we will explore travelling as a lifestyle from both the individual and global perspective. “Self-Realization” proposes some baby steps to begin integrating travel into your day-to-day life, while “Global Perspectives” features the voices of individuals who have either uprooted themselves to live overseas or have travelled widely.

 It was extremely inspiring to produce this series, we hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

Everyone around us has been lamenting about how difficult is to make travel an integral part of our lifestyles. There are always work schedules to be managed, finances to worry about and so many other considerations. Nonetheless, this writer believes that the heart matters most,  and you don’t necessarily have to go overseas all the time to be considered a traveller. Here are some small steps which you might consider taking to include some travelling into your daily life, and better yourself as a person!

Explore the hidden gems where you live.
Overseas destinations might always seem enticing, especially with the exciting reviews that your friends might bring back from abroad. But never forget that there are always more things to be discovered wherever you live. Remember that travelling goes far beyond sticking to touristy spots, many of which you would have visited at least once or twice. As an example – from the old Kampong Buangkok to abandoned railways and the many hipster cafés around, there are always more places to explore. Time is a lot easier to manage too – you don’t have to set aside days to visit them, it can be a matter of mere hours!

The entrance to Kampong Buangkok (Photo Credit: http://www.photojournalist-tgh.tv/)

The entrance to Kampong Buangkok (Photo Credit: http://www.photojournalist-tgh.tv/)

Find time.
We all lead busy lives with various commitments, but this is no excuse for not finding time to explore the world. It’s all about time management – taking a few days off for a short getaway, or even a couple of hours to wander around the area near your school/workplace. Personally, I managed to sneak a visit to Haji Lane, a particular area which I did not really visit before.

Graffiti on the walls near Haji Lane, Singapore as discovered on one of my lunch trips

Graffiti on the walls near Haji Lane, Singapore as discovered on one of my lunch trips

Yolo.
Sometimes, going with the flow is all it takes to incorporate travel into your lifestyle. It’s easier said than done, especially for those who are used to routines. But if you feel burnt out, do not hesitate to go with the flow. For instance, I booked an air ticket to Shanghai and local accommodation within three days of deciding to go on a trip. Just today, I randomly hopped on a bus without checking its route and had a good time enjoying the scenery along the way.

Yolo trip to Shanghai earlier this year

Yolo trip to Shanghai earlier this year

Never give up.
Financial circumstance is a common reason cited by people who don’t travel. Just like how investors save up their capital for their first investment or entrepreneurs slog for funds to set up their first business, we have to start from somewhere. As a case in point, I’ve begun saving up for a graduate trip a whole year in advance. The bottom line is, there are no free lunches in the world, but if you really wish to travel, you can always begin by saving up. Students can also take advantage of financing schemes or go on school trips, which are sometimes subsidized.

Students embarking on a business study mission

Students embarking on a business study mission

Be inspired by others.
Even if we don’t travel physically, we can always indulge in others’ experiences. With the countless travel blogs, videos and websites around, not to mention social media, our lives are filled with stories and photographs from various countries around the world. Other than exploring the world through media, these sources can also inspire us to plan our own trips.

Hanging out with the Optimistic Travelers who were passing through Singapore on their 80-day trip around the world

Hanging out with the Optimistic Travelers who were passing through Singapore on their 80-day trip around the world

While some of the above ideas may seem absurd, do note that everyone has their own way of travelling, or even more generally, their own preferred lifestyles. Regardless of where you physically are, what matters the most is embracing yourself, and following what you desire.

Wishing you a Merry Christmas in advance and do look forward to the second installment of this two-part series!

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