What Inspires The Inspiring People? (Part 2)

Many people have a dream that remains just a dream, never realised, just thought of wistfully from time to time.

But there are some who have a dream that they pick up, give it a good shake to get it into the right shape, then jump into it. Some of these people are travel bloggers, people who were able to turn their dreams of traveling into reality.

Today, some travel bloggers offer some advice for people who have a dream but are a little afraid to jump into it.

Embrace the fear. Everybody’s scared of something – even those people who say they aren’t afraid of anything are definitely afraid of something. In fact, they’re probably scared of admitting they’re scared. So if you’re willing to own your fear, you’re one step ahead of them. Sally, Unbrave Girl

Just go. The universe will reveal the next step when you’re ready for it. – Nancy from Family on Bikes

Take baby steps.  Make a list of everything you will need to accomplish to make your dream come true, then break it down into daily tasks.  Spending as little as 15 or 30 minutes a day working on your dream, doesn’t sound like a lot, but it adds up over time.  Once you see your progress it will be easier to make the final leap, since you have already established a foundation. Laurel from Monkeys and Mountains

As an impulsive person, I have to side with Nike on this one and say “Just do it!” However, for someone that is hesitant, I would ask “will you regret it if you never follow this dream?” If the answer is yes, then there is no question in my mind – you have to go for it. – Laura from A Wandering Sole

Find the way that makes your fear feel surmountable. Travelers approach me with fears of traveling solo, and I suggest “hey, why not jump on an organized tour first,” or practice going solo in a nearby town. Find what makes sense for you as an individual, not just what other people are touting. This has the handy side-effect of making you love your dream even more once you get there. – Shannon from A Little Adrift

What’s the worst that could happen if you take the chance to follow your dream?  Life is too short to wait for tomorrow. – Amy from Livin On The Road

Break down your dream into achievable milestones.  Research, research, research.  What do you need to achieve each one milestone?  Break it down further.  Start executing your plan.  The first steps may not be big jumps, and by the time you get to big one, you will have enough confidence in yourself to just jump. (I am a planner by nature and by profession, so jumping into the unknown is very scary for me.) – Stephanie, the Travel Chica


Do you have a dream? What inspires you to get out there and chase it?

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8 years ago

By: Barbara

A career girl who dropped out, traveled, found love, and never got around to going home again. Now wrangling a cross-cultural relationship and two third culture kids.


  1. Thanks for sharing all of the tips and thoughts Barbara and for hosting such a great series on your site, people often need just a little nudge of inspiration to take their dream to the next level! :)!
    Shannon O’Donnell recently posted..A Little Disturbing…No Officials Ask for My Minor’s Travel Documents

  2. Laurel says:

    Such an inspirational post and some great advice. Thanks for including my tip.
    Laurel recently posted..Marmore’s Falls: World’s Tallest Man Made Waterfall

  3. Sharlene says:

    You cannot accomplish something if you will not take a step forward and I totally agree with you on this matter. Thank you very much for sharing your tips and advice here. What inspires you the most?

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