Why? The unknown.
As I mentioned previously, what we see as our largest challenges are the challenges we don’t know exist, that we couldn’t anticipate, and live outside of our bubble. To us, this also includes the good challenges like the books that we have yet to read, the cultures that we have yet to experience, and the people we have yet to meet. By choosing to travel the world, we have chosen to seek out the challenges that a life of full-time travel brings. To experience and even become familiar with the unknown.
Why Else? Time.
Luke’s mom, Fritzie, had a dear friend from Columbia who worked as a maid most of her life in the United States. One day Fritzie asked her friend “Do you enjoy what you do?” and her response was one we reflect on frequently, “I enjoy everything when I have the time”.
Dwell on that for a moment. How often do you use “not enough time” as an excuse? We did, often. We would work 60 hours a week without blinking an eye, but would perpetually complain about not having enough time to work out, leisurely read, or even spend time with friends.
During this year that we spend abroad “not enough time” will not be an excuse. Didn’t get to work out this morning? Go for it, we can put off our tour until tomorrow. Didn’t finish the research you were doing? The museum will still be there tomorrow.
Why now? The number one question we received when telling people about our trip.
“Why now? You are about to be promoted to a Director.”
“Why now? What if you can’t get a job when you come back?”
And our personal favorite… “Why now? You can travel when you retire.”
Why now? To form the right long-term habits.
We mentioned earlier that we planned to do things that we rarely found time to do before like reading, writing, and working out. The first week of our trip we outlined the habits and goals that we would like to hold each other accountable to during our time abroad. Our desire is to embed a routine into our minds and bodies over the next year that will perpetuate throughout our lives.
We believe that these routines and habits have the power to transform/evolve our minds differently than another year of work experience on our resumes.
Why now? To experience…differently.
All of this talk about routines and goals, I’m sure you are thinking “do they have ANY fun?”.
Could we have done this at 65? Sure! However, it would be a completely different trip. Diana’s parents, the same people who took a similar trip in in their 20’s, have no desire to leave the comfort of the United States in their retirement. The moral of the story? We don’t know what life will look like at 65, so why NOT go now.
Trek down a sketchy path in Positano, Italy to get to a remote beach? Let’s go!