Another beautifully lost dreamer with an incurable case of wanderlust.

‘To Travel Is To Live’

I recently read this ridiculous article by a man who accused everybody that travels of being unhappy, unsuccessful and living a mediocre life. The article didn’t offend me, it just made me grateful that I won’t come across closed minded individuals like him on my journey around the world. It also triggered many thoughts and reflections about my incredible experiences during my three years (and counting) of being a ‘Wanderess’.

 

I’m going to start by saying that I completely understand that each person is entitled to their own opinions on travel and I get that some people just don’t enjoy it; it’s not for them. It takes all kinds of characters to make the world go around and that’s okay. We all have different priorities and ‘wants’ in our lives. If we all had the same dreams and ambitions, this planet would be a very boring place to be. However, the man who wrote that article is pretty ignorant, not because he doesn’t want to travel, but because he doesn’t understand why people do.

 

I left the UK on 26th April 2013 and to be honest, it was the best thing I’ve ever done. Yes, leaving behind friends and family is hard, but I knew that I didn’t belong where I was at that time in my life. (or this time for that matter!) I am very lucky to have such a supportive family, my Mum especially, she is always there for me, whatever I choose to do and whenever I am. I always felt different to other people in my area at home; I’m scattered, I have no idea what to do with my life and I don’t enjoy following conventions. I don’t like the fact that you can be looked down on because you didn’t attend university, you work in a supermarket or you had a baby during your teens. I feel like there is so much unnecessary judgement in the world.

 

Travel broadens your mind. True story. When you travel you meet people who you wouldn’t always cross paths with in your home life. It has a way of putting every element of life into perspective. You see what is important and what is trivial; travel allows your to forget your little issues and focus on the bigger picture. While you’re meeting people from different backgrounds and religions you realise that you need to forget the media; the media want to portray everyone  who’s not conventionally perfect in a negative light. Travel gives you a new perspective on humans. There are plenty more good people than bad in the world and I think that is often overlooked. People fear each other and generalise entire races; purely because of a lack of understanding and education. I really believe that travel eliminates a large proportion of this fear.

On the subject of people, I’ve also found that travel has helped me figure out the type of person I do and don’t want to become. It’s allowed me to take positive aspects from every single individual I have met and apply it to my own personality, trying to evolve and make myself a better person.

 

I respect that each of our desires are different. Each life is unique and most of us are lucky enough have the freedom and power to take control of our futures. Careers, success and money are priorities for some; material items, huge parties or cosy homes and creating families for others. That’s wonderful if that’s what you want but it’s not what I long for at the present time. It doesn’t mean that one of us is living our life wrong, it just means we are living it differently. My obsession with travel certainly isn’t ruining my life. Travel has taught me a whole heap and it will continue to do so. I work hard, save my money and buy flight tickets. I’m grateful for the opportunities I’ve created and the wonderful community I’ve met along the way. For now my focus is happiness, experience and adventure. Travel is my life and I’m completely content with that.

2 comments

  1. Margie /

    Beautiful words! And ooh so true!

  2. I read that article too and it just made me sad because it seemed to suggest that the only way to have a “successful” life is to get a good job and follow conventions. It made me sad that the guy will never get the chance to experience the pure joy of travel and meeting all of those interesting characters you talked about. It sounds as though you are having a great time – keep doing what you love!

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