Is Travel A Courageous Affair?

There are several postings on the social media networks about Tough Mudder and Military Obstacle Courses – they promise to test your mental toughness and push you far beyond your imagined limits. They all ask the same question – Are you brave enough to try us? Courage comes into our lives in a lot of shapes and forms. It is there when we are going to school for the first time, and when we are going to be getting married to our true love. It definitely comes up quite often when you are travelling.
It begins from the decision to go travelling – and by travelling, I’m always talking about the long-term affairs from 6 weeks to indefinite. Quitting your job, moving out of your apartment, telling your family and friends and then leaving on such an arduous, miraculous journey is always filled with challenges.

You have to be courageous while your friends and family tell you the three hundred reasons you shouldn’t go on the trip.

You have to maintain that courage while you pack your bags and defiantly go off on your journey.

Travel goes on challenging your courage while you are on the trip itself.

You will be faced with places and faces that will be scary. The media will tell you to go back home, back to the safety of your Western cities. You will choose to ignore those hollow warnings and keep on going on meeting the bright, friendly faces of the countries you visit.
Finally, you have to be courageous when you come back home. Nothing will have changed, but everything inside you will be different. You will have to adjust back to your home with a different perspective. You will have to get back into the routine that seemed to comfortable a few months ago, and now seems so stifling.

You will be asked a billion questions about how you believe travel has changed you – and you will have no tangible answer for that.

Most people will think of your travel time as time wasted. No need to spend time convincing those people otherwise.
Just stay courageous, my friend. At every point in your journey, you will meet with dissent. Finally, I leave you with this quote by Winston Churchill. “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”
If you haven’t heard of the Big Trip yet, you are in for a treat. Boom and Thenix are travelling to the southern most tip of South America, through the West Cost of US, Mexico and parts of South America and back up the East Coast. We are planning on leaving on or around June 21st. We have made a detailed budget for the trip and we have included it here for those of you who are curious about how much a trip like this would cost. We will travel for a total of 50,000 kms to around 22 countries. If you have any other questions about the trip please see our post on The Big Trip or check out our Archives Page.

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