Tell Them to Hit the Road! ‘Cause You Know They Will
Ah, travelers! The most romantic of the human species. Forever on the road, forever hungry to discover new places, to rediscover themselves in a new context, forever making us feel miserable about the lives we spend in our cities and towns, working for our salaries, paying for our homes and loans. Few authors may be inspired to write about our lives, because they are so dull and uneventful. But a traveler is always cloaked in mystery, could always be in an unusual place and is always one step away from an interesting person and a flavorful conversation. And we hate them for it.
Here Are the Real Differences Between You and People Who Travel Annoyingly Often
A shocker, indeed, but we felt it had to be said. Let’s take a step back and look at the situation. A while back, only the rich could afford to travel extensively. And business people, but they were always stuck in a conference or a meeting and never really had the time to do anything, so it doesn’t count.
Then, with social media and the competition between who has a better live, people started making efforts to travel abroad. Services, boarding and plane tickets became more affordable (with an obvious decrease in quality in some cases), and more and more people started to travel. Some only to have something to rub in their friends’ faces. (Yes, we know you do that!)
But unlike the ones who try to go on one trip a year, there are those who are constantly on the road, vacation after vacation, and with a vacation between vacations, because one was adventurous and they need to relax. If you don’t do this, you are not less adventurous. You just don’t have the money.
If you don’t have a job, you cannot afford to pay for your travels. If you have a job, you do not have that many days off. Freelancers work and travel at the same time, right? So that could be an option. A real freelancer could tell you that to work and travel means to feel bad about wasting time on the flight over and spending all your days in the hotel room or lobby for fear that if you move away you might lose a good Internet connection. Therefore, only a person with no work commitment but with financial support can afford to travel that much.
Planning one trip a year means putting a lot of effort in finding the right accommodation, the right restaurants, in making the perfect itinerary and enjoying every step of the way because you cannot get your time or money back anyway. Constantly being on the road and traveling for the sake of it means no longer appreciating the things people enjoy, but the ones out of the reach of most once-a-year-travelers such as yourself. Why? Because they like to rub it in your face. (Said it again!)
Understand one thing: these people are not explorers. They do not travel with their eyes or with their souls. The travel with their credit cards and never-ending posting sprees of selfies with inspirational quotes. It’s like they are constantly answering a question nobody is asking: “Yes, I have found myself. And I keep finding myself. And I will keep looking.” (Weren’t there talks about a “NOBODY CARES” button on Facebook? Did we imagine that?)
Abusing the concept of “enriching experience”
Travel is supposed to open your eyes, to show you something you have no chance of learning at home, in the same group of people and in the same environment. You get to learn how some people live, why they do certain things, about the climate and environment and about the changes that threaten the area. If someone comes back with only a set of pictures and memories of an enclosed resort where everything is touristy and cheesy, you can get it was anything but an enriching experience.
The bad thing about knowing such people is that they make you give up on the idea of travel. By comparison, your trips will always be shorter and less luxurious. You need to spread your budget thinner and make a choice between relaxing and adventurous. The best thing to do is to stop listening to them, stop comparing experiences, and travel for yourself. Nevermind their recommendations, their stories and their posts of self-discovery. Travel for yourself, keep the memory in your heart and mind and truly become a better person.