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Life is often described as being like a journey.  

Mark Frost once said,  

“Life is not a journey to the grave with intentions of arriving safely in a pretty well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out and loudly proclaiming … WOW! What a ride!” 

That sounds like the sort of life that I want to live.  

I have four simple travel tips to assist us in not just surviving, but really living.  

Don’t take too much baggage.  This is a great travel tip in general, but certainly makes a difference in the journey of life.  There are a few things that can be defined as baggage: 

  • Regrets,
  • Unforgiveness,
  • Negative thought processes,
  • Fear,
  • Insecurity

By dealing with these issues and managing them more effectively, you will travel lighter and enjoy the journey more.  

Don’t travel alone.  To me, one of the joys of travelling is experiencing wonderful new sights and destinations with my wife.  In the future, I am looking forward to sharing other travel experiences with our children as well.  Some people prefer to travel alone, but to me, the experience is richer when shared with others. 

Life is similar.  Going through life in isolation can be OK for some, but limiting in its fulfillment.  We are created to be social, sharing life with all of its ups and downs with family and close friends.  As the saying goes, “a burden shared is a burden halved, but a joy shared is a joy doubled.” 

Enjoy the sights.  There’s not much point in travelling to the great cities of the world and not seeing the local sights.  If you go to Egypt, you have to see the pyramids.  If you go to South Africa, you must visit a game park.  What’s the point otherwise? 

It’s the same with life.  Sometimes we get so caught up in the busyness of life that we forget to stop and smell the roses.  Don’t work so hard that you don’t get to enjoy your kids.  Be careful not to be so goal-oriented that you forget to enjoy and genuinely celebrate your achievements.  There are a lot of really cool things going on all around you, so look up and get some enjoyment out of them.  If you can’t see them, look harder.  

Know your destination.  Lewis Carroll once said, 

“If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will get you there.”  

Unfortunately, most people aren’t happy with their current situation, but don’t have a plan or purpose for their lives, so they are buffeted around by the circumstances around them. 

Don’t let this be you. 

If you want to be able to live a fulfilling life, it’s important that you know where you’re headed.  Set meaningful goals that are aligned with your values and start taking action on them.  

Don’t neglect your spirituality as well.  As a Christian I can confidently state that I have a purpose in life and know where I’m headed. 

Do you have any travel tips for life that you would like to share?

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