Travelling the World Should be Everyone’s Life Goal

I wrote that title as if I’m some sort of hardened veteran nomad that’s sailed the seven sea’s and conquered the Great Wall of China, but as a matter of fact, I’ve not even been able to set foot out of my own home country. But, my main goal in life does consist of traveling the globe and I genuinely believe that there isn’t a thing that can stop me from turning this familiar dream into a rare reality. My hunger for world exploration is not solely driven by the unimaginable sights and once in a lifetime experiences though, but by the idea that scouring across every continent is something required to be done in my life before I die, purely for the sake of doing so. To put it crudely, life is short – literally just a miniscule blip in the perpetual timeline of the gargantuan Universe. Give or take, the average human is only gifted with a precious 75 years on this bedeviled planet and I believe it’s only natural for anyone to explore and experience as much of the beautiful world as humanly possible before the last grain of sand falls through the chasm in the Universal timer of life. All I require is a £5,000, a DSLR camera and a backpack full of cheap essentials.

As a result of not having ever ventured out of the United Kingdom, I haven’t even experienced the basics of foreign travel such as the blissful hot summers, alienating languages and diverse cultures. Travelling to a country that’s even as close to the UK as France would project me into a bizarre world of wonder, amazement and unyielding apprehension, never mind Asia or New Zealand. In contrast to the common travelling tourist, the thought of expediting to countries like Spain, Greece and Florida, do not excite me nearly as much as the thought of traveling to the less common provinces of Iceland, China and the deep southern lands of the United States of America.

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“He who has not climbed the Great Wall is not a true man” – Mao Zedong

As absurd as it may sound, the Great Wall of China is absolutely where I want to commence on my adventure into the great unknown, but only exclusively climbing the most challenging and derelict parts of the wall. The Jiankou (not meaning giant cow in Mandarin) holds the definition of ‘arrow nock’ due to the mountain that it sits on resembling the shape of an arrow, which offers a steep and treacherous ascension – precisely what I’m looking for. The scenery is nothing short of stunning with the remains of the wall engulfed in the ancient beauty of mother nature and to be quite Frank, I think my camera and I will love it. Aside from the Great Wall of China though, the colossal nation possess a profusion of adventurous allurements such as the world-famous attractions of the Forbidden City, Li River and the Temple of Heaven – all of which are making me very emotional just thinking about right now. China, and Asia as a whole, is certainly where I desire to begin my adventure. There are literally thousands of places entwined in the ancient culture of this continent that I won’t even have tried to imagine, and it’s that sense of contingency that arouses my desire to explore the most.

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 Ice cave in Skaftafell, Iceland

Iceland is one of the essential countries on my bucket list of travel. The nation’s capital city, Reykjavík, is bustling with aboriginal culture that exhibits expensive cuisines, ritzy folk music and cheerful natives – Iceland is statistically one of the happiest countries in the world. However, I won’t be spending all of my precious time in Iceland awning at the cultural phenomenons that prevail in the city, as it’s the bewildering waterfalls, mesmerising ice caves and furious volcanoes that have beckoned my enticement the most. Iceland is literally the number one hotspot for arctic adventure and landscape photography – the two fit together like Romeo and Juliet. As much as this place is a display of glacial cold weather, this lump of hardened lava is actually one of the most geothermally active locations on the planet, and a beloved home to the famous Hot Spring Pools.

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Hot Spring pool at the famous Blue Lagoon of Grindavik, Iceland

The prospect of bathing in a natural outdoor pool filled with roasting hot fresh water from the Earth’s crust while surrounded by towering snow-covered mountains and the open ice-smothered landscapes is definitely something I’m interested in. If I’m destined to lose my way and die from somewhere from hypothermia, Iceland would be is certainly it, and I would definitely go out laughing.

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 New York City approaching nightfall

There’s a chance that I’ll reach the southern states of America and realise that it’s not how it’s depicted in the movies, but then again, I’m sure I’ll still adore every second of the experience as I blaze my Harley Davidson motorcycle towards some vintage 60s diner on some dusty old route number. The profound culture of the southern states of the USA has fascinated me since my early days and I can’t wait to discover what extravagant individuals and lifestyles actually exist across the canyons and rundown districts of the slightly rougher side of America – and whether or not it’s as extravagant as it’s showcased on British TV. Places like Arizona, Arkansas, Mississippi, Texas and Kentucky, are all calling out to me for adventures in infinite desert wastelands, bottomless canyons and small vintage towns abandoned by modern-day society. I also believe that as a Scotsman, my distinct Scottish accent will stick out like a sore thumb and I’d be able to make friends for life in the cultural haven. The USA as a whole is definitely a country that I’d like to scale inside to out, exploring every city, town and famous attraction in its wake, educating myself as much as possible as I go. But my first choice of destination is definitely to delve into the deep south, and then expand from coast to coast in the contrasting sights from Oregon to New York City.

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Desert in Arizona

I’m not dying until I’ve scoured the landscapes, indulged in the culture and educated myself as much as possible in these three glorious world locations – Asia, Iceland and the deep southern states of the USA. The whole concept of life is to experience and enjoy as many seconds, minutes, hours and days of the natural miracle as intensely as possible, and I strongly believe that the best method of doing this is by seeing, hearing, smelling, touching, tasting and learning as much as your senses will physically enable you to before you shrivel up and pass away into the void of nothingness that awaits every soul at the end of their time. Life is a gift, and I can only feel sorry for those that have been arrested into the life of the rat race – those who grow up, rush off to university, acquire the first job that offers a decent monthly pay cheque, marry, have kids and die. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll get around to all of that jazz in the later stages of my life, but right now, at the age of nineteen, all I can possibly marvel about is the metamorphic wonders out there that currently only exist to me on the World Wide Web – hopefully in the years to come I’ll be viewing these stunning pictures through the lens of a disposable camera and not through the medium of a LCD computer screen.

“The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” – Saint Augustine

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  1. Thanks for visiting my blog. Great places you’ve traveled. Curious to see more! I’ve been to Iceland as well in 2010; it was amazing (lots of Iceland-shots on my blog). Cheers.

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  2. I couldn’t agree more with this, I feel travelling is truly the richest and most wonderful thing you can do. I’m always looking for ways to travel more and see the world – it really is a priority in life!

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    1. I’m glad you can relate to this post! I’ve never actually set foot out of Scotland so I’m more eager than anyone to travel the globe. Best of luck with your adventure!

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      1. Though sadly true in the respect that with money you have the capacity to travel more, that’s not necessarily how it has to be. I’m self-employed and work several part-time jobs but make sure I save any and all money for travelling because it’s what makes me happy. I think some people also choose to live nomadic lives and don’t have a ‘base’ but move around. It just depends what your interest/priority in life is, to each their own right?

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      2. “That’s not necessarily how it has to be”

        Given that 2.7 billion people live on less than 2 dollars a day, yes, for them, travel is not an option, no matter how many part-time jobs they work, regardless of where they prioritize travel.

        Travel is a luxury.

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      3. I know of many people who have traveled with no money. My girlfriend’s father scoured up the entire West African cost without a penny to his name. Hitchhiking and hostel snoring are the best tools for any nomad.

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  3. I’ve done lots of travelling, visited China a few times, lived in France and Germany, visited Malaysia and Thailand, lived in Australia for 40 years, now live in North Cyprus. Travel is wonderful, not only for seeing the views of a country, but also meeting people and understanding how friendly and helpful complete strangers can be, but also experiencing generosity – often from the poorest people. Travel widens your mind and opens your hearts. Good luck!

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  4. Oof, this is complicated.

    At one level, there are so many on this earth for whom travel is but a dream and whether there is a next meal is more important.

    Travel is a luxury.

    I know that’s not a popular thought among those with the ability to blog, but it’s well beyond the means of many. It seems you know that, since you have yet to set foot out of Scotland.

    Life is rich for the billions of people without the means to travel abroad, so don’t worry too much about your lot in life since you haven’t been out of your country yet.

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    1. Of course, the travel dream doesn’t apply to those still lingering at a basic level of existence, but more to the average citizen living in the western world. I guess you could say that this blog was targeted at the average American/British person and was written to ignite a motivation for travel within them. However, I do believe that travel is a dream that anyone can attain at at least one point their life.

      I couldn’t agree less with your statement that travelling is a ‘luxury’. Sure, international exhibitions that see a backpacker scour over continent after continent is definitely exclusive to the rich. But travelling is something accessible to anyone, rich or poor, in spite of their location. The minimum requirements for travel is merely a bicycle and a bottle of water – that’s it. Besides, anyone that endeavours to travel as much as I do, will. It’s one of those dreams that just can’t be extinguished.

      “Those who say they can, and those who say they can’t, are usually right”.

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  5. Travelling and seeing places starts with a dream. It is possible to achieve that dream as long as you hold on to it and work hard. I had a dream to travel the world when I was growing up in a very poor Zambian neighborhood as my father would tell me stories about London, Paris, New York, etc though he had never been beyond Zambia and Zimbabwe himself. He got his information from reading. He said I could go there if I worked hard. Know what? Not only have I been to those cities and more, but I have had the pleasure of taking my parents to the US. You can travel one day, too, if you work hard.

    I like your blog – very interesting and informative.

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