I’ve been out and about a lot lately, and from family to coworkers I get asked: “Where are you going to next?” And to have an answer for them is a blessing. I love to travel; I don’t get to do it enough! I’m pretty sure that it was a word spoken to me about this year, but since May I’ve been on a plane and in a new place every month until October.
So when I’m asked about my travels I want to answer with confidence because I’m doing something that I’ve always wanted to do. But for some reason, I get tempted to feel guilty about it.
How can you feel guilty about doing something you want to do?
Perhaps it’s a mix of people pleasing and not putting emphasis on self care and rest. But to me, living unapologetically in your single season has purpose attached to it.
There’s joy, purpose, adventure, growth in the process, and I don’t want to dim my light for anyone’s opinions or my overthinking of other people’s perceptions.
Getting to travel when you want is not the only plus for single folks. We can enjoy many benefits of living single and not having to diminish it for people because God makes the way, not man.
But this post is about the unapologetic travels that you should take in your single season. You can go solo and single, or with family or with a group. The point is to go! I was a shut-in last year working on my book, so now that it’s published I have more time to travel more within reason. I have to pay for these trips; there is no sugar daddy, lol! I have to work for my days off, and I only had one sponsored trip by the grace of God! Other than that it’s about what you budget and actually making the plans to go.
Here are three reasons why you need to travel unapologetically in your single season:
Travel to learn
We will always be students in this life, so travel to learn something new. I attended the Pinky Promise Conference for the first time in July and learned some major keys about marriage, purpose and more. I’ll share that in another post, but the point is you can travel to learn something. Go out of state for a conference regarding your personal life or business to learn new skills and expand your network. To me that’s a great way to make positive connections with people across the country and world.
Travel to reflect
When you travel take the time to reflect. With so much going on at life at home, you may not realize how good you really have it. I went to Jamaica last week with my family and I’m so grateful to God for the life I have. We don’t know how blessed we are until we see how others have to live. Be grateful for where you are and trust the Lord to show you what He has in store for you.
Travel to live
There’s so much more to life than the routine things. It’s good to be grateful for these things, but getting away to challenge your way of thinking and doing things keeps your mind sharp and stretches you in many ways.
This life is a vapor; you want to take the chance to go somewhere you’ve always wanted to go before it’s too late. Travel to live in the shoes of another person and gain some more empathy. Travel to live in another culture and widen your scope. Travel to live and taste how others drink and eat. I missed my chicken wings from the Chi but I wasn’t thinking about those when I had curried goat and jack fruit!
So what are you waiting for? It may be your season to save up or your season to travel, but get ready to go somewhere. There are so many options to learn, reflect and live outside of your hometown or state.
Where are you planning to go this year or upcoming in 2018?