Regrets in life

One of the main questions, friends and family might ask you, are what regrets do you have in life? To be honest, it really is a difficult question. It’s difficult to look back and remember what you regret in life. It’s a horrible feeling to think and feel that regret. It might make you feel stupid or embarrassed. At least for me anyways. I think the regrets I have in life are things I didn’t do, then things I did do.

One of the biggest regrets I have is I had a chance to study abroad in Spain when I was in undergrad and I didn’t take the opportunity. It was a couple reasons I didn’t go, mostly money. But when I look back, I could of made it happen. I could of used financial aid and I had some money saved up. Also, close friends of mine were going and it would of been a learning opportunity for me. If I would of gone to Spain, I wouldn’t of had that regret. Of course, I do have other regrets like not keeping in contact with a close friend or applying to that job. I guess that is one of the reasons regrets exists is to help us not make them in the future. Basically learning from a mistake. Not going to Spain or applying to a job have help me travel more and apply for more jobs. I even visit and talk to close friends more.

My main reason for this blog is to remind y’all and myself that when you have an opportunity to do something that will be beneficial, then do it.  Go on the cruise to Alaska, apply for that dream job, move to that big city, and keep in contact with that close friend. If not, you might look back and regret it. Life is to short to not do the things that can make you happy.

 

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Finding Time to Travel

Life can get in the way of travel and other adventures. There is work, school, kids, and anything else you can think of. In college, I felt like I had more time to travel because of holiday breaks. Also, in college you can study abroad or get an internship abroad. However, in the United States you rarely get holiday breaks and there is no study abroad. There is some jobs that can transfer you, if you are interested in moving. Not all jobs have transfers and traveling for work conferences is not really a vacation.

If your like me, working full-time. Plan your trip, way in advance. Look up your vacation policies before you book your trip. Some jobs offer 2 week paid vacation, upon request. Usually the breaks I have taken to travel internationally have been a little more over a week. I went to Ireland for 9 days and London and Paris for 8 days. They were quick trips but I still enjoyed myself. I usually plan my internationally trips a year to 7 months in advance with a tour group, EF college Break. Tours groups can usually set up your flight and hotel for you. Which really made it easier for me. My trips to the United States travel are usually planned  6 months to 3 months in advance. I recently set up a trip to Denver for June to visit a friend, for 4 days. This gave the time to ask off work, look up flights, and ask my friend if she was available.

When I was working full-time and attending grad school. I had to find time that was good for both work and school. I chose Mid- March to travel to Ireland, It was spring break for school and not a busy time at work. The earlier you plan for your trip the better you can overcome these obstacles. It gives you more time to research the time you have, better plan your trip, and save. Before you book you trip make sure to read about the refund rules for airlines and hotels, if you have to cancel. When I traveled internationally with a tour group, they offered travel insurance. The travel insurance offered cancellation, helped with lost items during your trip, and medical expenses.

If you have a kid, you most likely have to plan a trip that is good for both you and your children. Maybe like a beach trip or visit a place that has theme parks. Also, the same rules apply, you have to find a time that is available for everyone. For example, when the kids are not in school and when you’re not busy at work/school.

I know its difficult to plan trips when your busy but it can happen. Just because you work full-time, have school, kids, or all 3 doesn’t mean you can’t. It just has to be planned in advance. That has helped me and I hope it can do the same for you.