What do you travel for? | I travel for…

What do you travel for? | I travel for…

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I believe that the times I have shown the most growth and potential have been when I have been surrounded by new places, people and situations. Many of these instances have been whilst I have been travelling which is why I’m so determined to continue exploring and pushing myself out of my comfort zone.

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It really is that first small step that you take that will lead you onto your next adventure however big or small. By making travel a focus I allow myself to start to take small steps towards my dream of exploring. I am determined and motivated to make travel a priority in my life because my life is about travelling! Planning, writing, expressing and saving are all examples of small steps I personally take towards achieving my goals.

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It’s true and something I’m still working on doing. Until you experience other places and people you may not even realise the things that are dragging you down. It could be something as obvious as not liking your work or just simply wanting to get out more but other things aren’t as clear until you see it from a different point of view. Sometimes the energy and attitudes of people around us can impact on how we think about things – this can be positive and also negative. It isn’t until you step away from your situation that your able to look back and reflect on things. I am slowly starting to do this and going some place completely different to my ‘normal’ everyday life allows me to take some time to consider and evaluate my thoughts.

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Learning is the biggest reward of growth in travel, I have found that when you’re in a new environment the natural thing is to learn – places, names, culture, customs, language, new foods, festivals, climates, attractions etc. the list goes on about all the opportunities for growth you can get from travelling!

“Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer”

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Of course it’s all well and good me saying all this but if you don’t actually go and do it then you’ll never know the potential growth you might have. I’ve found myself always working to save to go and travel because I enjoy new challenges and learning about new places. Its scary going somewhere out of your comfort zone but in my experience its been the best decisions and really rewarding.

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If you really want to maximise the potential for growth while travelling, go solo. Sounds scary right? Plan, be sensible and don’t worry. The media makes the world seem like a scary place, as long as you are aware and have some common sense then the opportunities you come across when going solo are endless! You’ll be able to plan your own routes, go at your own pace and really take some time to reflect on yourself.

“Whatever makes you uncomfortable is the biggest opportunity for growth” – Bryant McGill

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Join me! We all have one shot at life so make the most of it!

hakuna matata

 

My 30 Travel Bucket List Goals

My 30 Travel Bucket List Goals

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Bucket List –  a powerful tool to help you process your individual goals and motivate you to complete them. Lately I have been making preparations and thinking about my future a lot. Future. An ambiguous word and concept. Its scary and exciting to think about, what I could be doing in a few months or years time. I have always had a bunch of ideas crammed into my head about what I’d like to have a go at or achieve in my life and I wanted to get these out and into a post. Firstly to provide a visual bucket list for myself but also to hopefully inspire and share some with others. Wether your a seasoned traveller or budding adventurer theres always something else you can add to your lists! I’d love to have a go at completing as many as I can before I’m 30, I’m 23, so I have a good 7 years of travelling to give it a go! Join my adventure and start your own stories!

I think for now I’ll have a go at listing 30 but things will obviously be added as I go along my travels…I’ll probably think of 30 more when i finish writing this post!

Travel Bucket List

  1. Go on safari and see wild elephants COMPLETE

Elephant & the Bird by Jack Gunns on 500px.com Bucket List

2. Swim with Great White Sharks

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3. Volunteer in a foreign country COMPLETE

4. See the 7 wonders

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5. Go dune buggy racing in the Sahara Desert http://www.arabiahorizons.com/cms/imagebank/image/48f9b22c42a69.jpg 6. Learn to cook a Chinese dish https://i.ytimg.com/vi/UEkbRb2vCNQ/maxresdefault.jpg 7. Visit a Buddhist monk monastery http://blogs.r.ftdata.co.uk/photo-diary/files/2013/07/budhist.jpg 8. Dive in The Great Barrier Reef COMPLETE

9. Skydive over a beach COMPLETE

jumping 15,000ft over Cairns and landing on the beach #skydive #awesome #extreme #australia A photo posted by Jack Gunns (@jackgunns) on

10. Learn a martial art in Asia http://martialfunk.com/gallery2.jpg 11. Bathe with Elephants COMPLETE

the best way to shower in nepal! #elephant #powershower #nepal #travels A photo posted by Jack Gunns (@jackgunns) on

12. Dog sledding in Svalbard

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13. Drink rum in Jamaica

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14. Teach in a foreign country COMPLETE

Creative Culture - Bucket List

15. Live abroad for a year

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16. See orang-utans in the Borneo Jungle http://i2.mirror.co.uk/incoming/article1168940.ece/ALTERNATES/s615/Borneo%20Orangutan 17. Whale watching in Canada http://directory.tourdust.com/photos/3415/Whale_watching_in_Canada_-_main_cropped_large.jpg 18. Tribal Dance 19. Dance at a Rio De Janeiro Carnival http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/02841/rio-carnival--danc_2841261k.jpg 20. Inter-rail through Europe https://www.gapyear.com/images/content/Images/11_11_08-mjs_interrailing_32933248.jpg 21. Visit the Acropolis in Athens http://wfiles.brothersoft.com/a/acropolis-of-athens_96147-1920x1200.jpg 22. Adopt an Elephant COMPLETE

23. Experience New Year’s Eve in a different city

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24. Go somewhere hot for Christmas

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25. See a lantern festival of lights

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26. Cuddle a Koala COMPLETE

got a very warm and fluffy cuddle – meet Tam #koala #hug #austrailia #instadaily A photo posted by Jack Gunns (@jackgunns) on

27. Fly First Class

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28. Meditate on a mountain

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29. Learn a Language

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30. Work & Travel

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I’ve already thought of a bunch more to add! Whats on your list? Are there any that you didn’t think of that you are going to add to yours now? I love planning and looking forward to the future, hopefully I’ll be bale to add a few more ticks to my never-ending list!

What do you travel for? | I travel for…

What do you travel for? | I travel for…

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I travel for many reasons and one of them is to create long lasting bonds with people or places I come into contact with. Every place I’ve visited I have been helped, looked after and taught about the kinds of things text books could never compete with. Theres nothing quite like the feeling of interacting with someone who is from a completely different walk of life to you, its refreshing and you can learn a lot. If your finding yourself doing the same repetitive routines and getting frustrated with the constant monotonous goings on you go through each day – then change it. No one else can do it for you, work hard, save up and just go somewhere different – I don’t mean the kind of ‘relaxing 5 star tanning retreat in the Algarve’ (unless this is what does it for you) I mean the kind of place you’d never have considered before. Be sensible about it. Be free. Be happy.

‘The biggest adventure is outside of your comfort zone.’

The biggest leap out of my ‘comfort box’ I ever took was signing up to help in Nepal for over 2 months. To go live with a nepali family in a village on the side of a mountain. To embrace a culture on the polar opposite spectrum to my own. To open myself to a completely different way of living. To learn so much more than any study had ever taught by people I couldn’t verbally communicate with.

As my bro Rahul would say “pinky promise you’ll be happy uncle ; make that promise to yourself – don’t settle for anything less.