I suppose, in some instances, it is true. There are definitely circumstances that are beyond our control. In the majority, however, are circumstances we can affect and those we can outright change.
Having no expectations infers either a sense of despair or the deluded vision that you, and your surroundings, are perfect. Expectations are hopes and dreams for the present and the future. To live without any is to exist in a stagnant state.
Expectations are futile if not followed by effort. As I've written before, one of my favorite replies is, "So what are you going to do about it?" And therein lies the effort. If you have an expectation of travel being a part of your life, what are you going to do about it? Are you starting a savings account to save for a trip? Have you looked up information on your destination? The expectation remains unfulfilled until you put in the effort.
Expectations are not a burden to be shed. They are what keep us moving forward. Like a pond, that which becomes stagnant eventually dies.
Embrace your expectations...then get to work!