I have many regrets from my travels.
I regret not spending more time in some places, not reaching places nearby to where I already was, skipping some attractions due to money and spending a relatively large amount of money on other attractions. I regret not taking pictures of some things, and I regret not giving myself more time to just stare at nature.
I regret buying an airplane ticket to make it to an appointment that didn’t end up working out, and skipping other potential appointments. I regret not breaking my longest trip to mini trips, and I regret not extending it.
I regret not being more spontaneous, and I regret not researching more.
Regrets are Great Learning Tools
In New Zealand, more rain poured than I was used to. I worried about my simple camera, yet it kept working and New Zealand was too stunning not to document, so I kept using it. I kept taking photos.
Then I lost 3000 photos.
Learning from that lesson, the first thing I bought for my trip to Argentina was a rain-proof camera. I didn’t even have a plane ticket yet, but I knew I’d be traveling to the South American country toward the end of its winter, and this time – I came prepared.
Beyond the Life Lessons they Bring, Regrets Don’t Really Matter
For every regret I have, I have an abundance of gratitudes. For every regret, I have memories, photos, friends, relatives, foods, keepsakes and love.
For every regret, I have acknowledgements for all those times I was scared and did something anyway. That I broke my own rules. That I realized dreams.
For every regret, I have an expanding mountain of evidence that I am able to touch the impossible.
Travel is a Privilege – How are You Using it to Expand Your Life?
Let’s face it. Many of us save for months, if not years, to be able to land on the glacier or beach of our dreams; to be able to meet people from the other side of the world face to face, get intertwined in other cultures in person, and relish foods we would otherwise never hear about.
Most people in the world can’t even do that, and no one was able to do it at all until not very long. Some people can’t even travel locally due to illness, war or a financial fight for survival.
Treasure the privileges you have. Travel can be about laughter and lightheartedness, about enjoying all that this magnificent world has to offer. It can broaden your horizons, enhance your sense of compassion, make you happier and teach you that you can almost literally touch the stars.
Travel is good for you. If you’re privileged enough to be able to create a travel-filled life, embrace a fearless kind of energy, embrace the opportunities and possibilities of the extraordinaire and the everyday. Focusing on the full half of the travel glass is much more beneficial than focusing on regrets.
What kind of energy do you look for when you dream about traveling?
* This post is part of a travel meme, where people are supposed to share their biggest travel regrets. I decided to rebel. Thanks, Lauren and Kenin of the The Constant Rambler for tagging me. Be sure to check out their great travel blog!
** The inspiration banners in this post come from the floor of a restaurant I visited in New Zealand in 2009, whose name I, unfortunately, forgot.