This is a guest post by Toya Nicole, a travel blogger and marketing consultant. Please welcome Toya to the HBW Community!
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain
I travel more than the average person. Between business travel, personal vacations and weekend getaways, I should have a reserved parking spot at the Chicago O’Hare Airport. I’m always thinking about what my next destination will be and am often called upon by others to help them plan trips. It goes without saying that I’m passionate about travel.
Perhaps it’s ingrained in my DNA. My mother was a woman who traveled across the world with ease! Whether she was exploring France on a European vacation, hanging with the locals in Guadalajara, Mexico, cruising through the Caribbean or sneaking off to Vegas, she lived it up! I still have the postcard she sent me from her Hawaiian vacation when I was a kid. Even as a divorced, single mother she still set aside time and money to travel. Sometimes she had kids in tow or her girlfriends, but often times she rolled solo. So I guess you can say I get it from my momma!
While it’s second nature for me to bounce across the globe, I’m very aware that most women don’t take advantage of opportunities to travel.
Last fall, I returned from a weeklong Italy vacation with friends. While conversing with an associate, she commented:
“When I’m blessed to be wealthy and I get a husband I want to travel, too!”
Say what, now? I don’t have a husband myself and am definitely not cashing Oprah-sized checks at the bank!
This was a working woman in her 30s who still had not been outside her southern state line boundaries. Why she felt she needed to “get a man” or “hit the lotto” to take a well-earned vacation was beyond me.
Sadly, she wasn’t the first woman I’d encountered who felt this way. I think it’s unfortunate to see women who fantasize about dream vacations actually talk themselves out of it because of perceived “roadblocks” in their life:
- No friends
- No husband
- Too busy
- Not enough money
I’ve heard all the excuses.
But the truth is, we can’t wait on the right time or right person to come into our life before we get about the business of living! Instead of making excuses, you can find an affordable vacation package, the kids can be left with a babysitter and that all-consuming job (which you hate anyway) will still be there when you return.
I started my blog last summer not to brag about my experiences or show off my bargain-finding skills, but because it’s my heart’s desire to inspire and motivate others to travel. I truly believe its part of my life purpose.
The time to explore, dream and discover is NOW. Are you ready?
Toya Nicole is a savvy marketing consultant, Six Brown Chicks correspondent, storyteller and jetsetter from Chicago who loves Jesus, chocolate, music and handbags! Stay in touch with her as she blogs about life lessons and all things travel on her blog, Ms. Travel Chic.