What motivates you when you’re not travelling?
I know for a fact that I am a very goal-oriented person. Whenever I set a goal, I make sure to get there no matter how hard the path may be. I love to travel, but I know that I have to work hard for it. For us living in the third world country, like the Philippines, travelling isn’t really a necessity, contrary to some, but a privilege. Practically speaking, you have to work Monday through Friday, from 8:30 PM – 6 PM, and allocate 4 hours of your day stuck in traffic. You have to save a third of your salary, then, accomplish your deliverables and beat the deadline, and most importantly, seek the approval of your boss for your 3-week vacation abroad.
When I first started working, I remember only taking my first vacation leave almost a year after working. Not that I was too dedicated, but I thought that I would be able to gain more brownie points by having a perfect attendance. But because I am a millennial, who has a passion for travelling, I only followed that clever rule during my first year of working. Since then, I always make it a goal to travel internationally once every quarter.
That exciting countdown to riding a plane has always been my motivation even if I am so sick and tired of working, even if I hated my boss, even if the job sucks, or even if I am broke. And yes, I am one of those people who simply book a ticket when I am down. Trust me, I always have a happy fancy countdown whenever I am about to travel. Similarly, when I am about to go back home from a travel, I also have a don’t-wanna-go-back-to-reality countdown.
The thought of wanting to travel, when you’re sadly not travelling is what motivates me to go through this daily life of work and bills.
How about you, what motivates you when you’re not travelling? Comment down below your thoughts.