7 August 2012

Halong Bay in Vietnam

"I'd love to visit the Taj Mahal."

"It would be great to have a year working abroad."

"I want to jack in my job and travel the world."


When most of us hear statements like these, we nod and say "Yeah, that would be great" or "Me too" and then no-one does anything about it.

I had an English teacher at school, Mr Mudie, who was different. Every time someone said they wanted to go somewhere, he would say "When are you going to go?"

Not if.

Not how.

Not why.

But when.

He taught us that if you really want to go somewhere or do something, you need to stop thinking about it as if it's some vague plan in the future, and actually decide when you're going to go.

Once you've got that nailed down, you can start planning in earnest. You can start saving up, deciding what to do about your job, buying stuff for your trip and figuring out how you're going to get there.

Mr Mudie told us of past pupils to whom he'd said "When are you going to go?" and that simple question had been the kick they needed to sort out their trip. So instead of talking or dreaming about adventures, they were out there, actually having them!

But you don't have to wait for someone else to ask you this question. You can ask yourself, right now, when you're going to go. And then start planning your trip of a lifetime!



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