Choose Life Choose travel

Choose Live Choose Travel. What am I talking about?

have you ever seen the film Trainspotting with Ewan Mcgregor? The opening scene begins with a poem by John Hodge about all the mundane things you can choose in life but reminds you to

Choose your future

Choose Life

You can see a cool typography of the video here – be warned there is plenty of swearing!

Well I choose travel

In fact I choose travel to the sacrifice of many other things. I don’t bother with Sky or Cable TV, I drive around in an old Skoda. I live in a basic flat and have very cheap or second hand furniture. I don’t go out much and probably only visit the cinema once or twice a year.

Basically every spare penny I earn goes on seeing the world taking new journey’s and having new experiences.

To me travel is life.

I want to see as much of this incredible planet we life on and learn as much as I possibly can in the time I have got.

These days we get hooked on material possessions too easily. They are forced upon us by multimillion pound advertising and we end up squandering our money on things rather than creating memories. In 30 years time are you going to be telling someone you owned all the latest gadgets when you were younger or that you enjoyed a trip white water rafting in the Canadian Rockies?
Don’t get me wrong the western world is heavily reliant on gadgets these days and I own quite a few. The difference with me is that I don’t get the latest models.
My iPhone isn’t the latest handset and I certainly don’t upgrade it every year, my PC has managed to last me 6 years so far (granted its getting slow and beginning to die) and my camera is a model from 4 or 5 years ago. It takes pretty damn good pictures though, as you can see in my travel photography posts, and even better, it only cost me a bargain price of £100.

choose travel

I may not have an all singing all dancing camera or a the latest iPhone but I’ve managed to visit Thailand, Malaysia, Miami, Florida Keys, Cyprus, Italy, Orlando, Greece, Spain, France and countless other countries in the past few years.

Whilst I know a lot of travel bloggers like to have plenty of equipment from iPads to different lenses for their cameras, phones etc is the trade off of missing something worth it? Do the gadgets make them a better blogger?  Maybe it helps that they are constantly up to date with the latest gadgets making it easier for them to blog? Who knows?

Anyway the purpose of my post was to remind you next time you are spending money on something make sure its what you want from your life. Do you seriously go and work 40 hour weeks to have the biggest TV in the neighbourhood? I guess some people do in which case that’s fine, each to their own.

However I bet the majority of you are wasting money and time on things you don’t need or want.

Choose your future

Choose the exciting

Forget the mundane

Choose Life

Choose Travel

5 thoughts on “Choose Life Choose travel”

  1. Great thoughts Tom

    I actually agree on the tv. Television`s only contribution to modern man is to be a conversation stopper
    It is amazing how many folks keep the TV on when guests visit their homes
    I call it a disaster and thwarts real conversation
    I am sure some people actually believe they can see and experience the world through their screens
    Sorry,I do not agree

    1. Hey thanks for the comments – yes TV is a huge conversation killer unless its a good topic or debate!? I still love some TV shows though. But im glad you like my thoughts and I hope other take them on board and get out there and do the things they enjoy

  2. Hey Tom,

    I love Irvine Welsh, the guy who wrote Trainspotting. I think the movie is also pretty good haha

    I didn’t know that the initial monologue was a poem!

    I like your post because, instead of only stating “travel is great,” you also point out that when you make the choice to be a traveler (which is different to go abroad when you have an holiday) you have to give up a lot of things.

    As you, I don’t own many stuff (at the moment I only have a backpack, an old laptop and a Canon 600D).

    Going a bit off topic, I think that when you choose to travel you also have to give up the “social circle” that you can only have when you stay longtime on the same place. I’m not saying you have to give up your friends or don’t make new friends.

    However you will often be far away from your friends and can only count on yourself.

    For the same reason, traveling, you can even lose the girl (or the guy) that you love.

    Yes, you have to choose. And for now, I also choose travel. Cheers.

    1. Hey thanks for such a great comment – yes travel isn’t always just great. Even just to choose to travel and have lots of holidays or extended trips every year you need to make sacrifices.

      John Hodge is the guy who wrote the whole screenplay for Trainspotting and he is credited as the author of the supposed ‘Choose Life’ poem or intro

  3. What is this life if full of care

    We have no time to stand and stare?

    No time to stand beneath the boughs

    And stare as long as sheep, or cows.

    No time to see, when woods we pass,

    Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.

    No time to see, in broad daylight,

    Streams full of stars, like skies at night.

    No time to turn at Beauty’s glance,

    And watch her feet, how they can dance.

    No time to wait till her mouth can

    Enrich that smile her eyes began.

    A poor life this, if full of care,

    We have no time to stand and stare.

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