The world is best seen through the end of a fly rod!
One of the greatest aspects of fly fishing and being fortunate enough to work in the fly fishing industry is that it brings you to places you might have otherwise never even considered. I likely would’ve never gone out of my way to visit the border of Costa Rica and Panama, but the sheer volume of Tarpon that are longer than I am tall makes it highly appealing.
I once read in a book that “travel is not time spent, it is time invested.” I got my first taste of what some would call wanderlust as a child, my dad owned a hunting magazine and brought me to Africa for 21 days at the age of seven. Though this wasn’t exactly popular in the eyes of my school teachers, I was given permission to complete all necessary schoolwork both before my departure and on my trip.
Almost twenty years later, I was able to integrate travel into my working life. As I sat around the nightly campfire on a recent trip to Ambergris Caye with a group of guests on a hosted trip, it dawned on me that everybody not only deserves to travel, but you owe it to yourself.
“But it’s expensive”
I’m not here to tell you that travel is cheap (though it can be), but what if you spent a few less dollars on material items and instead invested them into life experiences? Instead of a daily Starbucks coffee, what if you put that $6 into a separate account for a whole year? That simple act alone could purchase you a return flight to your bucket list fly fishing destination.
What if you started a small side business that brought in an extra $500 per month? Over the course of a year, you would have accumulated enough money to visit just about any fly fishing destination in the world.
Why is it important to travel?
Despite what you may think, it is not just the fish we are after. The fish we travel the globe to chase are a by-product of stretching outside our comfort zones and experiencing a new culture and ways of life. Memories made travelling are something you can take to your grave. New experiences add a level of enjoyment and fulfilment to life, which at the end of the day is the only thing we really strive for.