Back in high school (and to a lesser extent college), I used to buy lots and lots of DVD’s. I love movies, and I often have one playing in the background whatever I may be doing – eating, studying, working out, or chatting on the phone. But as I’ve grown older I’ve stopped buying them almost entirely. Not because I enjoy movies any less, but because I’ve realized that my money is much better spent elsewhere. Yes, I know it’s only $15. But $15 is still the cost of one more night in a Brazilian jungle lodge. Or of three days’ motorcycle rental in Thailand. Or of a taxi ride to a more distant section of the Great Wall of China.
Still, every once in awhile I stumble on a truly must-buy. Today was one such day. Rory, a friend who I met on my last stop in Brazil sent me a link to this website. All I’ve seen is the trailer. But it literally gave me goosebumps.
For some, it’s difficult to understand how I could find myself constantly dreaming about what country I’ll visit next. While many 25 year old guys are out looking for girlfriends, wives, homes, and a way to just settle down, I can’t help but get excited for the next big change. Because to me, getting off a bus and seeing a breathtaking view that most people have only seen on a postcard…that’s truly living. Strolling down a small alley in Kyoto and hearing the distant sound of a Shakuhachi as a single cherry blossom flutters to the ground. Sitting on a street corner in Shanghai and eating a steamed bun I just bought from an 85 year old man for three-quarters of a penny. Or even just waking up in a room with seven other beds, occupied by travelers from Australia, China, Israel, Norway, Argentina, South Africa, and Thailand. Eight people with barely a language in common, yet they’re all there for the same reason: for life experience. For adventure. Your personalities click immediately, and three days later you’re making plans to meet up in a year on the other side of the world.
People often tell me “You’re lucky you’ve been so many places.” My response is that luck has absolutely nothing to do with it. It takes effort. You’ve got to make it happen. You’ve got to want it badly enough.
Why do I travel?
Because when I look back on my life, these are the things I remember the most. “Maybe in sixty years I’m dead. I want to say, ‘I had a good life.'”
Check out the trailer for A Map for Saturday below.