The prompt for Day 14 of the 30 Days of Indie Travel Project* is Quote.
What’s your favorite quote about travel? Why does it stand out to you?
I wouldn’t be surprised if my favorite travel-related quote is cited by others participating in this project as well. It is probably one of the most popular ones out there.
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that 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.”
I don’t recall where I first read this Mark Twain quote, but it resonated and it stuck with me.
It reminded me that, in my mid-thirties, my biggest regrets were what I didn’t do in my mid-twenties.
I didn’t want to look back in ten more years and regret what I didn’t do now, so as I started thinking about leaving my job to travel, this quote became almost like a mantra to me.
Whenever I got discouraged.
Whenever I felt uncertain.
Whenever I was scared and worried about the possible negative consequences of quitting a good job to leap into the unkown and travel for a year.
Mark Twain always put me back on track.
*Throughout the month of November, BootsnAll is inviting bloggers from around the world to join them in a daily blogging effort – the 30 Days of Indie Travel Project – designed to reflect on how our travel experiences over the last year – or whenever – have shaped us and our view of the world. Bloggers can follow the prompts as strictly or loosely as they like, interpreting them in various ways and responding via text, photos or video posted on their own blogs.
Photo: Mike Baird