I wrote this article to show one of the most common pitfalls we make when the topic of travel planning arises. Granted, it is not a new subject. This knowledge has been around for a while from what I can tell, and it’s something I want people to be aware of. I was reading a great book, “Vagabonding,” by Rolf Potts, where he illustrates the point of my post brilliantly:
“There’s a story that comes from the tradition of the Desert Fathers, an order of Christian monks who lived in the wastelands of Egypt about seventeen hundred years ago. In the tale, a couple of monks named Theodore and Lucius shared the acute desire to go out and see the world. Since they’d made vows of contemplation, however, this was not something they were allowed to do. So, to satiate their wanderlust, Theodore and Lucius learned to “mock their temptations” by relegating their travels to the future. When the summertime came, they said to each other, “we will leave in the winter.” When the wintertime came, they said, “we will leave in the summer.” They went on like this for over fifty years, never once leaving the monastery or breaking their vows.
Most or us have never taken such vows—but we choose to live like monks anyway, rooting ourselves to a home or career and use the future as a kind of phony ritual that justifies the present.”
This method of thinking robs us of travel. Only we, most likely, do not use the seasons as our phrase of choice, we use the future. We talk of planning future travel. But it is just that, talk. Instead why not book our tickets? Schedule the time off we will need? Make it real. No excuses or procrastinating. It’s amazing how much more we can accomplish when we set a real deadline to our goals. The present is already here, why wait on the future?