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"Not everyone can travel the world due to different reasons however, many people have the opportunity to travel the world but hold themselves back and stay in their comfort zone.
I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to travel but I too held myself back until my tipping point hit me, and it hit me hard.
On 7th June 2011 I was on my way home from work like any other day. I was working for a electrical company in the UK and was on my way to becoming a fully qualified electrician in 2012. My current life plan was to work really hard, gain as much experience as I could and one day open my own company.
But what happened to me on my way home that day changed everything.
I was driving down the road into my village, the road that I had used everyday for the past 2 years. At the end of this very straight road there is a long sweeping left hand corner and on that corner there is an entrance to a quarry. On this day though as I reached the corner a car suddenly pulled out into the middle of the road, It was so sudden I had to make a split second decision to either hit the car or swerve out of the way. My body flung the steering wheel to the right while breaking heavily, missing the car by millimeters. I avoided the car but I was still traveling at about 40mph. I veered off the road hitting the gravel as I completely lost control of the vehicle. Skidding across the ground at high speed a wall took the car from under me and redirected it straight into a tree causing a dead stop.
I was violently forced forwards and was greeted with the welcoming white flash of the airbag and then silence. I sat there for a few seconds which felt like minutes, waiting to feel pain but none came. I ran my hands down my legs and gathered my senses. I was very lucky to have been wearing my work gear, huge steel toe capped boots, built in knee pads along with my seat-belt saved me from further injury.
I began to climb out of the drivers side window and stood on top of the now crumbling wall. I looked behind me and I was shocked to see a 40ft drop down to a small stream. At this point my neck was getting tighter and tighter and it really started to hurt. My dad flew up the hill and started the process of sorting things out which was pretty simple as the girl knew she was at fault and was more shaken up than me. I will never forget the look on her face as I was heading straight for her.
We left the girl with her boss from the quarry and headed to the hospital for a cautionary x-rays. After a week of whiplash and sleepless nights I had fully recovered with little to no lasting injuries.
The crash made me realise how life can change in seconds. One second difference in the crash could have been devastating and these thoughts began to change my mind set. Over the coming months, I had made the decision that I wanted to travel the world.
Over the next year and a half I knuckled down and began to really think about what I wanted. I finished my apprenticeship and began to work as many hours as possible and saving as much money as I could. I had a great payout from my car and £3,000 for my whiplash and loss of earnings. My bank balance was looking good and the summer of 2012 was going great. I began researching everything to do with backpacking the world.
However I was still holding myself back, I had everything from the backpack to the money belt. Money sat in bank account yet something was still holding me back. That thing was fear.
I kept researching and one day in late September 2012 I had an awful day at work. I drove home and got straight onto my computer and booked a one way flight to Bangkok, Thailand.
The thought of arriving in Bangkok was freaking me out a little bit and over the next few weeks I came across a company called "Thai Intro" which was a tour group that got like-minded backpackers together and provided a one week tour of Thailand. Perfect.
Before I knew it, November 5th rolled around and it was time to say goodbye to everything I knew and step into the unknown. Knowing I was about to join a tour group of like-minded adventurers put my mind at ease somewhat however, this was still a huge step for me to take.
If you had asked me back then "Do you think you will be traveling for years to come?" I would have laughed at you. However, 4 years into my travels as I write this post I cannot begin to describe how travel has changed my life. The people I have met, the experiences I have had and the stories I can tell for years to come have flipped my world upside down.
I now have a new passion for making travel videos on YouTube along with running an epic travel forum where a community of explorers come together and seek out the ultimate travel advice."
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