If you’re an avid traveler and an entrepreneur like me, you’re likely someone who enjoys having several trips lined up over the course of the next year (or two). I love travel so much, and want the people around me to love it as much as I do. I think I’ve been so emphatic about travel with the people around me that I’ve been a little overbearing toward them. I’ve always dreamed of taking a huge group of family and friends with us on a glorious vacation. It’s still a dream of mine.
Recently, I decided to start a Meetup group, with people who love to travel abroad but haven’t been able to find anyone to go with. I’m looking for people who are like-minded; those who don’t mind investing in a quality experience, and not necessarily the cheapest trip available. We had our first event this Saturday. I reserved the wine cellar in a lovely Italian restaurant. I decorated the table with fresh flowers and candles, and we enjoyed a spectacular three-course lunch. I met the most engaging, positive people who share a love of travel and had the most fascinating stories about their past experiences. Some of them had the same quirks I had, and similar thoughts about how to truly live. I’m finding that travelers have an appreciation for culture and local food. They know how to savor every moment and find the beauty in everything before them. It felt like I was chatting with old friends.
There were so many great ideas in the room! I left that lunch feeling energized, and excited to make some more travel plans with the people I met.
I say all this to encourage you; sometimes people may not be as enthusiastic about your passion as you are, and that’s okay. There’s probably something else that interests them as much as travel interests you. This can actually apply to many aspirations and hobbies. My best advice: find your tribe. Find the people who ‘get’ you, so you can expand upon and do more of what you love.