Why You Should Drop Everything And Travel Right Now


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Travel seems to be something that everyone dreams of doing but puts off. Excuses like “I don’t have the money right now” or “It’s too busy to take off from work” get in the way, and that trip to lounge on the beaches of Hawaii, hot air balloon over Wadi Rum or eat your way through Italy that you planned on taking “in the near future” becomes something that once could have been. I’m here to tell you why you need to stop making excuses, drop everything you’re doing and travel right now.

To Ignite Your Passions

Passion is a terrible thing to waste. For those who need help finding their travel inspiration, American Express’ #PassionProject can help you kickstart your travel dreams and make them a reality. American Express recently did a LifeTwist study that found travel was #1 on America’s Bucket List. In fact, 70% of Americans say if they could take a year off, they would travel to new places. In response, AmEx is encouraging people to truly go out and follow this passion for travel and incentivize individuals to allocate time and money to pursue their dominant passion for exploring the world. Best of all, for sharing your passion AmEx will select 10 inspiring individuals each month to win $2,000 until the end of the year, based on originality and quality.

To Energize Your Mindset

Going through the same monotonous routine each day, we begin to forget about what really makes us feel alive. Traveling puts you in a different mindset, one where you’re curiously is always piqued and you’re open to trying new things. You’re also given free time to experience the activities you love but don’t have time to enjoy at home. For me, travel allows me to explore my passion for hiking. Living in New York City, it’s not something I get to do all the time when home unless I go on a day trip somewhere, which I always seem to be too busy to do. When I’m on the road, however, I spend at least half of my time exploring a destination through its landscapes.

To Work On Your Bucket List

Everyone has a bucket list, whether it be something written down or something in your head. Sometimes you make it up as you go. The point is, everyone has dreams of certain experiences they wish to have through travel. For me, traveling has allowed me to cross off bucket list items like scuba diving the Great Barrier Reef, hiking the Inca Trail and skydiving in New Zealand. Imagine the feeling of getting to cross off some of the items on your bucket list? Let that enthusiasm drive you to book your next trip.

To Realize Life Is Short And You Shouldn’t Make Excuses

People tend to neglect areas of their lives, like travel and making time for themselves, that don’t revolve around work and bills. Life is too short for this. While obligations and commitments are important, so is enriching your life, making yourself a more well-rounded person and creating lasting memories. Realize that you will always have debts and there will always be assignments that need to get done at work, but that this shouldn’t stop you from taking a break sometimes and having truly enriching experiences through travel.

This post is sponsored by American Express Rewards. I was awarded with an American Express gift card. All opinions are my own.


  1. What’s doing it for me right now is “it’s just as hot at home as it is in Thailand, and in Thailand, basically ALL food they have is Thai food. You’re just stupid not to exploit that.”

  2. I find the Amex Passion Project really interesting it was something I never heard about. I will have to look into it, thanks for the info
    I was always tell my friends and family that the hardest part of traveling is buying you plane ticket to your destination. After that you find a way to make everything else work

    1. @Tana B: So true! I always get some butterflies before hitting the “Purchase” button for a flight. Once it’s done it’s done, though, and then all you have to do is get excited for upcoming adventure (among a few other things)!

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