Travel and a Life Without Regret

Last weekend, Erin of The World Wanderer tagged me in a post where she discussed her three only travel regrets. It inspired me to think more about the regrets we have in life and how travel has helped me live without any regrets.

I found this interesting article, in which a nurse recorded a list of the 5 most common regrets people confessed having before dying. The biggest regret most people had was:  

I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.

I’m finding it hardest to express my desire to be “true to myself” at work. I haven’t told anyone about my upcoming travel plans because I fear what my art colleagues will think about me. I just know they’ll think I’m insane. Why would someone who “has it all” give it all up?

Teacher’s don’t quit and go travel around the world. They are expected to live through their students, to live and breathe for their students and be willing to do anything to make them succeed. It isn’t a job, it’s a way of life. Or at least that is how it feels here.

It is true that I do love teaching and creating art with children. It’s a joy and I’m thankful that I get to go to work every morning and make the world a better place, but my job isn’t my only passion, it isn’t all that I am. If I stayed in a classroom for the next 30 years I know I would regret it.

I know I could travel during my breaks from school (it’s what I’ve always done), but at this moment it isn’t enough. I am young, I am healthy and I have the freedom to do so. If I don’t travel now, I will be filled with regret later in life. I know I’m being selfish in wanting to travel, but I think it’s OK to be selfish sometimes. I also need to keep reminding myself that quitting your job to travel isn’t very common. I think I’ve lost all perspective because I read about it all the time on travel blogs. Most people don’t travel continuously for 7 months.

So here is what I have come up , my own personal philosophy as to why I am taking such a trip. It is what I am going to tell anybody who asks why I am leaving.

travel philosophy

I believe that the way to live without any regrets is to be true to yourself as much as possible, regardless of what people think. Right now, that means traveling.

What do you think? Do you have any regrets?


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