Never Put Off Tomorrow What You Can Do Today – Traveling On Your Own Terms

Never Put Off Tomorrow What You Can Do Today – Traveling On Your Own Terms

Recently, I was asked to write a guest post at Baby Boomers Traveling by another travel friend, Doris Gallan.   I soon realized that it was actually a continuation of a post that I wrote last month, “How to get out of your own way and live the life you want.  With Doris’ permission, I am posting it here.  I hope that it inspires someone to reach out and grab life with gusto:

I was raised in a household of ten kids with two parents and as you can imagine, freedom of movement was a scarce commodity. I think that is where my first yearning for wide open spaces came from. It’s difficult to live life feeling confined, so I suppose that gave rise to my desire to be unencumbered; unrestricted. I had always been interested in geography because I learned so much about places so far removed from the reality of my life. It was like a pleasant dream to politely acknowledge, but I never believed that it would or could possibly come true.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to visit Paris – the venerable city of lights. Like so many would-be nomads, I allowed the dream to sit unfettered in the deep recesses of my mind. I never allowed myself to believe that it could become a reality for me. It was safer to let the years drift by; to craft excuse after excuse as to why it was OK to not do a single thing that would get me closer to that elusive goal. Until one day, I had a ridiculously simple epiphany: “Just Do It”. Nothing was going to happen until I made it so. No travel agent was going to come knocking to see what my plans were. I believe so many of us are sitting, waiting for supernatural signs to tap us on our collective shoulders. It will not happen that way. As with anything worth having, you have to work for it, to plan for it….that is truly the only way it will come to pass. It’s about taking a leap of faith, of believing that you have as much right as anyone else to live dreams previously unfulfilled.


That is my main purpose in starting my travel blog, A View To A Thrill. It is a call to action to anyone who has the desire, but perhaps, not the knowledge to explore this vast world that we live in. It is an appeal to believe in the possibilities; to believe in your own ability to navigate through this life on your own terms. Rest assured, there will always be naysayers; those that can think of every reason on earth as to why you’ve left your senses. You will be surprised to see that their protests are usually deeply rooted in their own self-doubts. And yes, there are those who will think that you see yourself as high and mighty simply because you want to expose yourself to different cultures, different experiences, different….anything. It goes against their predictable and limited expectations and some would even ask what are you running from?

When I travel, I never put restrictions on myself. If there is something that I want to do, I do it anyway…even if some folks thinks it’s for other people. If I want to go to a country music concert, I’ll go. You’d be surprised how many people (black and white) would find it odd that I enjoy country music. Never let others define you and tell you what you should be doing, do what pleases you. I think older people are probably most guilty about towing the party-line. Sometimes, you have to risk being judged or even mocked. If you have unconventional tastes, own it! You only go around once, live it to the fullest! I’ve always said unless you pay my mortgage, utilities and buy my groceries, you don’t get a say in how I live my life. Conformity takes the color out of rainbows, harmony out of a song and the joy out of living.


My goal is to reach out to those who want to travel on a budget without sacrificing comfort and also to provide guidance to those who want to travel but never have. To that end, my blog focuses on the reality that most people are living paycheck to paycheck. In these economic times, it is even more important to share ways of traveling on a budget. It’s about making adjustments, even sacrifices to your current lifestyle. There are lots of tricks to save money without even trying to or learning how to deny yourself when you see that pair of jeans that cost more than a fancy winter coat. It’s not going to be a piece of cake, but the reward will be worth it. Just as important, is the person who wants to travel, but has no idea of how to get started. My desire is to share some of the things that I wish others had told me about when I was just starting out.



Renee King
  • inka
    Posted at 09:31h, 20 February Reply

    Such an inspiring post Renee and written from the heart. Your energy and enthusiasm show through with every word.I hope many would be travelers read this and become can be travelers.

    • Renee
      Posted at 08:44h, 21 February Reply

      Thanks so much for your kind words, Inka. It means a lot!

  • Rease
    Posted at 11:20h, 20 February Reply

    What a great post, very inspirational. I’m glad you accomplished your goal and don’t intend to stop!

    • Renee
      Posted at 08:28h, 21 February Reply

      Thanks, Rease! The encouragement is much appreciated!

  • Grace
    Posted at 17:21h, 20 February Reply

    Being new to your blog this gives me a lot of insight as to what it is all about. I’m a firm believer of following your bliss =)

    • Renee
      Posted at 08:27h, 21 February Reply

      Following your bliss….I like that. Thanks for coming by Grace….so nice to meet you and I will definitely check out your blog too.

  • Gray
    Posted at 19:43h, 20 February Reply

    Hear hear! I especially like this: “Unless you pay my mortgage, utilities and buy my groceries, you don’t get a say in how I live my life.” Yeah.

    • Renee
      Posted at 08:27h, 21 February Reply

      I strongly believe that you should never let someone else’s judgment(s) take the place of your own. You can listen to their opinion, but you get final say.

  • The Dropout
    Posted at 22:55h, 20 February Reply

    “Just do it” is such a great motto. Some of the best decisions I’ve ever made have come after I told myself to stop faffing about and just do it.

    • Renee
      Posted at 08:24h, 21 February Reply

      Isn’t that the truth…..some of the most amazing decisions that I’ve made is when I threw caution to the wind and just rode the wave.

  • Jade
    Posted at 01:54h, 21 February Reply

    “When I travel, I never put restrictions on myself”… Love this and it’s totally true. I feel like a more free version of myself. Very inspiring!

    • Renee
      Posted at 08:23h, 21 February Reply

      A free version of myself…that’s a great way to put it, Jade!

  • monette
    Posted at 04:20h, 21 February Reply

    no one restricts you but yourself! so grab your bags and “just do it!” cheers to more travel!

    • Renee
      Posted at 08:23h, 21 February Reply

      Right on! I think a lot of people become shrinking violets because they fear what others may think….so that holds them back. Time to turn over a new leaf!

  • Laurel
    Posted at 14:11h, 21 February Reply

    Love the line “Conformity takes the color out of rainbows, harmony out of a song and the joy out of living.” Beautifully written! Another inspirational post Renee.

    • Renee
      Posted at 14:45h, 21 February Reply

      Thanks, Laurel!

  • John in France
    Posted at 18:18h, 21 February Reply

    Well written Renee. But did you get to Paris?? If so did you spend long there?

    • Renee
      Posted at 18:37h, 21 February Reply

      Hi John!
      Yes, I did make it…in 2003 and I loved every second of it. I spent some time in the Loire Valley as well. We were only there a week, so I guess I’ll have to do something about that soon.

  • Nancie
    Posted at 06:24h, 24 February Reply

    Nice post Renee. You bring up some great points.

    • Renee
      Posted at 09:13h, 24 February Reply

      Thanks, Nancie!

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