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As soon as I took my first holiday to Turkey with friends at the age of 16 I couldn’t imagine life without travel. At this point I think I’d only been to about 2 or 3 countries but I became more and more interested in going further outside of Europe to places like Dubai, Thailand and Fiji. I was desperate to see how life was outside of my little bubble. I wanted culture shock. But the trouble was that long haul travel seemed impossible. It was harder to find someone willing/able to go with me and flights were so expensive. I was only working part time and never really had much money left at the end of the month. I soon realised that I had my priorities all wrong. If I really wanted to do it I had to stop making excuses. So at 19 I did a really scary thing and booked a trip to Thailand- the first time I’d ever travel alone. I stopped spending my money on meaningless nights out and clothes, and started finding ways to save a few pounds here and there which soon added up. I really wanted to prove to myself that I could make this seemingly impossible thing possible- so I did.
Achieving personal goals was one thing but my real motivation to travel was that I didn’t want to get to the end of my life and think “wish I’d travelled to Thailand or spent more time exploring“. It makes my heart break when I’m off on a trip and someone says to me that they wish they’d done that at my age. I make sure I travel while I have the opportunity (and disposable income) to because I really can’t think of anything worse than dying with regrets. I didn’t want to live my whole life never knowing what was outside of the city I was born or outside of the holiday resorts. There are almost 200 countries in the world and I plan to keep travelling as long as life allows me to. If travel is something you really want to do, find a way to make it happen while you still can. It was the best decision I ever made.