When it comes to travel, are you feeling less satisfied than you think you could be? Like something is missing?
Or maybe you’re just not seeing new places as often as you’d like. You think about going “someday,” but “someday” never seems to arrive.
Possibly, you’re unsure where you want to go, why you want to go there, or even why you want to go anywhere, for that matter?
But you still know you want to travel.
Socrates once said, “The unexamined life is not worth living.”
And if you often find yourself wishing you could travel more but just can't decide where, when or how, then this article is for you.
As citizens of the world, we are able to shatter stereotypes, make cross-cultural connections and leave a positive impact, while changing ourselves for the better at the same time.
But, we need to create clarity around it all in order to make this kind of difference and gain the satisfaction that we know is possible.
That’s where a Traveler’s Manifesto comes in.
What in the world is a Traveler’s Manifesto?
Simply put, it’s a written declaration that will give your travels meaning and direction. It will help prioritize what’s important to you, provide inspiration, and guide your choices on your adventures.
Think of it as your own, personal mission statement. And after taking this pledge that you create for yourself, you will be on your way to leading a life rich in new experiences! (Don’t worry, it should all flow right out of you!)
A traveler’s manifesto can help you:
- Act as your best, authentic self (during travel, but also in everyday life, too!)
- Make important decisions in your travels
- Clarify your travel priorities
- Help guide your actions when you’re not sure which direction to take
How to write your Traveler’s Manifesto
1. Get inspired
There are tons of manifestos out there that you could draw inspiration from, but just remember, yours should be totally unique to you. A simple search for “personal manifesto, travel manifesto, or personal mission statement” yields some great examples to base yours on.
Here’s what we stand for at Conquest Maps:
We believe that travel is one of the greatest sources of fulfilment in life.
It teaches and develops traits such as curiosity, perseverance, and gratitude.
Exploring new places encourages growth and learning in each of us, which opens our minds, broadens our horizons, and gives us greater perspective.
Ultimately, travel is a powerful and necessary antidote to bigotry, ignorance, and limiting beliefs.
By helping others travel more, we believe we will help make the world a better place.
While this will surely continue to evolve, we have a solid foundation upon which to make decisions. We’ve carefully considered and developed why travel is important to us and why we want to make a difference in the world within this niche.
One of the best parts is it helps us surround ourselves with people who see their relationship with travel similarly to the way we do. We hope you’ll join us!
2. Write a rough draft
First, decide what format you want your manifesto to take. It could be a bulleted list, short paragraphs, or a letter you write to yourself. (we’ll provide some templates at the end of this article and make it super simple!) Jot down all the ideas that come to mind.
Ask yourself the following questions:
- Why do I travel?
- What do I stand for?
- What makes me come alive?
- What are my biggest dreams and goals?
- What am I most passionate about?
- What gives my life purpose?
- What do I want my legacy to be?
- What inspires and motivates me?
- What travel experiences have shaped me?
- What are my core values?
- How will I deal with disappointments and hardships?
- How will I handle failures and mistakes?
- What is my approach to risk taking and seizing opportunities?
- How will I spend my time? My money?
A great way to get even deeper with questions like the above is to answer them, and then to that answer, ask "why? again. Take it a few layers deep for a deeper, truer reason why.
Q: Why do I travel?
A: Because I want to broaden my horizons and learn about other cultures while having fun and getting a break from my day-to-day life.
A: Because understanding other cultures and having a greater perspective helps me appreciate my own circumstances.
Q: Why is that important?
A: Because understanding how well I have it here makes me grateful. Being grateful for what I have in my life is an important aspect of being and becoming the best version of myself, so that I can show up for my family and friends as an inspirational and uplifting presence who will be able to help them become the best versions of themselves as well.
It gets really interesting when you go deep. You’ll learn things about yourself that you might not have realized before!
Guidelines for your manifesto:
- Use strong and empowering language
- Write it in the present tense
- Use the first person (I, me, my…)
- Make it uplifting
- Make it short enough that you can read it before and after every trip, or even every day
Start your sentences with phrases like:
- I will…
- I am committed to…
- I want to live in a world where…
- I believe...
3. Revisit it with fresh eyes
After you’ve written a rough draft, it’s a good idea to set it aside for a bit, then come back to it the next day. You can highlight what you feel most strongly about and cross out what you are unsure about or that seems redundant or unnecessary.
4. Share it with others
(Or don’t) Since a manifesto is personal, it’s completely up to you if it makes sense to share it or not. But, it could spark some inspiration in others to follow in your footsteps, as well as solidify your commitment to yourself to be the person you want to be.
5. Finalize, display and live it out!
Challenge yourself to truly live out your manifesto. Don’t just tuck it away in a notebook or desk drawer, never to see the light of day again.
Once you have the final version, print it out big and make it pretty. Hang it somewhere where you will see it every single day, like your mirror or the fridge door. Make it part of your morning routine or read it before bed. It’ll eventually become a habit and you won’t even have to think about it.
Your traveler’s manifesto is a powerful tool. It should inspire you, challenge you, and change you, in all the best ways. Remember, it is a living document that will guide you as you navigate through your journey. Be sure to reference it often as you travel to ensure you are staying on track and in line with your own, unique core values.
And of course, as promised, you can download our simple template to get started building out your manifesto! This is a simple document that you can print and take with you, and hopefully get you started on the path to having your own Traveler’s Manifesto. Enter your email below!
Once you get clear on why you’re traveling and understand what role you want travel to play in your life, the next step is to make sure you know where it is you want to go!
Getting clear on where you want to go, as well as keeping past travels fresh in your mind, is key to making the most out of your travel experiences and ultimately leads to a much more fulfilling life.
Tracking your travels is easy to do, and has a plethora of benefits that are sure to help you succeed on your own personal journey!
We at Conquest Maps are here as the leaders in providing beautiful, pinnable, personalizable push pin maps that are guaranteed to help you achieve your travel goals so that you can truly become the person you want to be and live a life rich in experiences.
Just click the button below to see how we can provide you with the perfect map that matches your personality, travel goals, and budget, and you’ll be on your way to living out your new Traveler’s Manifesto.