The urge to travel is nothing short of transcendent. It beckons at the core of our human spirit. There is a reason we hear stories of people throughout history that are known as great explorers; these individuals are true pioneers of the unknown. The human spirit is intimately intertwined with an insatiable appetite for curiosity. The unknown, the unexplored, the mystery - it intrigues us like nothing else can.
Travel is the manifestation of the curiosity that compels so deeply. When exploring a new place, we truly do not know what is around the next corner. It can feel intimidating at first, but it quickly becomes intoxicating. My fondest memories thus far have been taking in new places with some of my best friends by my side (here’s looking at you Justin, Nate, & Jerry).
Travel implies international travel, but from my experience you can most certainly travel within your own country and experience something completely foreign to what we are accustomed. Regardless, traveling provides the opportunity to experience culture and to broaden one’s perspective on life itself. One of my favorite quotes on travel is by the renowned T.S. Eliot:
This is the essence of travel. Once we experience more of what our world offers, we will not view aspects of life the same again. We can never step in the same river twice, as the water we stepped in is ever flowing and we as people will not be the same. There are few things that enrich our souls more than being fulfilled by authentic experiences.
But how can we travel? It’s expensive. Those people on Instagram are not living real life, it’s not realistic. While we may not all be destined for social media stardom (as you can tell from this post, social media is definitely not what traveling is about), anyone and everyone can travel. Seriously.
Here are some ways to travel (cheap too!):
Take a road trip with some friends. Splitting the gas money with your friends makes it super cost effective, which allows you to splurge on some adventurous things. A road trip provides the opportunity for some incredible memories that are as simple as jamming out to everyone’s favorite albums or eating fast food at the only restaurant you have seen for 2 hours. It’s some good, ole fashioned fun. Plus, if you are into camping or hiking, the road trip is the way to go. Drive off into the sunset towards an unexplored public land that we are lucky to have. It’s awesome, it’s challenging. Do it.
If you are looking to travel internationally, fear not there are many ways to make it super affordable. To find cheap flights, all it takes is some flexibility on dates and to get acquainted with your new best friend - Google Flights. You can also subscribe to get cheap flight alerts (I use Scott’s Cheap Flights), and they will send you flight deals from your airport of choice. I went on a 3 week Europe backpacking trip for under $400 roundtrip! Whenever I travel abroad, I rely heavily on hostels and cheap AirBnB’s for living accommodations. To keep on the low budget train, there is nothing like eating some street food and exploring local markets to check out the local cuisine for cheap. I leave you with a challenge in international travel - I challenge you to try to really experience the genuine culture of the country you are in and avoid some of the overly tourist spots.
It is a blast traveling with friends, but if your only opportunity is to travel solo I highly recommend doing it. One time, my friends missed a flight to Berlin so I was by myself for a couple days in Germany while I was waiting for them. I can honestly say it was an absolute blast to get out of my comfort zone and explore on my own, even if it was just for a little bit.
Side note: If you are under 25 and in need of a rental car on your travels, and you can qualify for a basic USAA account, they waive all under 25 fees for the rental. On a 2.5 week road trip, my friends and I got a rental car for under $300!
These were all pretty basic tips, so if you have any specific questions on destinations, want any recommendations, or just want to chat please leave some feedback here on the website and I would love to talk with you!
Traveling the world has never been more accessible, it is up us to take full advantage of the opportunity before us. I bid you the best of luck on all of your adventures and travels. I leave you with a quote from one of my favorite people of all time.
Lorenzo (LJ) Carrillo
P.S. Check out my Instagram (@ljcarrillo) if you want see some of my adventures, and in turn I would love to see yours!