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
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.
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.