For years I've said I want to travel, but I've never done anything about it. This year, that changes. I'm going to go somewhere. I don't know where yet. Where is a good first place for a 24 year old to go when they leave the motherland? I'm going to be on a budget, I'm not sure how much yet, so where could I go for a reasonable amount of money on a 3-5 day trip?
If I could go anywhere, I'd go to Europe, probably Spain. However, I'm thinking it's probably cheaper to go to Mexico or Central America as a first trip, especially given that I live in Texas and it's like RIGHT there. But I'm open to suggestions.
I realize I've posted numerous things that make it appear as if I have no active direction in my life. That's probably not wrong, but for too long I've put off living my life just because I was afraid. I may not have a firm direction in life, but I fail to see what is wrong with planning and taking a trip?
There is nothing wrong with planning a trip at all.
But you have so many irons on the fire that one wonders if you have time to work any of the irons into something. It is good that you are done living in fear and want to experience life in full. But some of the best things in life take having a long term goal and many little accomplishments toward that goal. A focus and a direction actually help one make decisions and end paralysis through analysis. Your values and goals establish become the metric that helps you make day to day decisions.
Take your trip. Why do you want to go on a trip? Is it to go somewhere cool? Is it to experience a different culture? Is it to learn that you can travel and make your way by yourself? Is it to do things where no one knows who you are? Each of these possibilities could indicate a different destination and duration of your trip.
Personal I want you to be happy with your trip. Without a reason, long term goal, or a set of values to judge your aspirations by it is hard to feel satisfied when you complete that short term goal of a trip.
For me when I went it was to blow off steam from a very hard engineering program and to ready myself for the last year of the program. I wondered about England and Scotland and saw many sights and drank much cider. When I got back I was stronger, leaner and rested mentally. I was no longer burning out of my degree and could face the year ahead. That was the main goal for the trip, reset and it worked.
I think it is clear that a few of the regulars have taken notice of you and care enough to point out you are trying to do everything at once. Which may end up with nothing done, especially if you end up with conflicting short term goals and no long term goal or value base to fall back on to make decisions easier.
I would stick to somehwere people speak english and is somewhat touristy. I know personally I often think I'm more adventurious than I am an wind up feeling overwhelmed. Mexico is cool I love Jamaica, Brazil, Costa Rica are a few I'd suggest. Go to a place like that where there will be english speakers and you will see other tourists but dont stay at an all inclusive stay at a samll hotel an try local restaurants and bar.
You could man up and go to Afghanistan. I know of an all expense paid tour.
No good, the offer expires at the end of the year.
Too true. Of course, there are other opportunities on the horizon. Syria? Iran?
Phillipines is active.
Eh.......depends on what capacity you go and what you plan on doing. If U.S. military the ROE is very strict and prohibited from combat operations. But operations and OPTEMPO are very high.
If you'd like something as wild as Mogadishu, you can always try out East Fort Worth.
As many have mentioned: Priorities.
Unless you miraculously turn this trip into an adventure worthy of a novel, I'd stick with necessities for the time being.
Does anyone have any advice on how to gain a tighter focus? Trying to figure out what to do with ,my life while trying to live it has become beyond exhausting, therefore that is why I tried to focus on something else. Any advice?
Get your own place.
Get any job that will pay the bills.
Live that awhile.
Then, assess. What's missing? What's wrong? Is your health poor? Do you want a girlfriend? More friends? Something to do in the evenings? Then take your biggest problem (or the issue which, once resolved, will bring the greatest happiness) and make that your project. Repeat until you feel really content with your life.