by Jill Robinson, Greenheart Travel Social Media Manager

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go? This is the question I would ask myself while writing my answers in pages and pages of journals scribbled in different colored ink. It took me a long time to realize that this unassuming word “if” held a weight that was influencing my entire future. Such a small word, an exhale really, was deciding that I couldn’t possibly go on these grand adventures, they were “ifs.” IF means I would never be able to afford to see, smell and touch places featured in the travel magazines I devoured each month. These destinations were already out of my reach because I had already decided subconsciously that they were unattainable goals. If I could go anywhere in the world was strictly a hypothetical question. I had bills to pay, college classes to complete, a career and internship to consider, and the excuses went on and on and on.

Until I decided to change that little word “if” to WHEN and then eventually I WILL. Try it out, it feels so satisfying to say “I will travel to France, and I’ll breathe deeply, take pictures with my new camera and learn five French words a day.”  Do you see? You have just set the scheme in motion. You have changed your mindset to take control of your future. After all, if you truly want something, if you are passionate about exploring and experiencing a new country and culture, you will do what it takes to get there. The most difficult part of this journey is believing that you will commit.

Right now – not tomorrow or next month – we need to stop making excuses for why we’re not traveling.  I just booked my flight for Guatemala in December and I definitely don’t have the funds, or the Spanish language skills to justify the trip according to mainstream logic.  This is the first time I’ve done something like this in years and I feel amazing.  Everyday, people commit to following their dreams, when will you? Have you ever heard anyone say they regret their decision to go explore? Never. Your adventure starts once you believe you will travel. Join a community of globetrotters that will change the world for the better. Be a part of this movement of understanding and tolerance and go someplace you have never been.  So I ask you, “on your upcoming trip, where will you be going?”

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