“Not All Who Wander Are Lost” – J.R.R. Tolkien

The thing about travelling is that it’s a class of its own. You are not vacationing or sitting in your hotel room letting the day pass you by; you are travelling. You get your hands dirty, you get lost in foreign subway stations, you get frustrated when things don’t work out and then laugh at them in the future because even though it wasn’t funny then its is now. You meet people from around the world who are just as crazy as you, you go broke because you opted for the nicer room or splurged on food you knew you couldn’t afford it but did it anyways. Why? Because who know when you’ll be back and treating yourself is fun.


Travellers don’t like the rules of the world and constantly try to defy them. You try to travel more and more even when money’s getting low and people can judge you for that. They think your being a selfish twenty something year old and that you don’t know what reality is. They don’t understand that theres more to life than basing your worth of your job or your house and don’t fully understand that experiences are what makes a life have value. Not to say that a nine to five job is a wrong but some people don’t want that. They measure their lives in experiences, they measure them in the places they gone, the things they’ve seen and the things their going to do even if that means sacrificing a steady job. Times have changed in the past 50 years making travel more accessible and not some fantasy life. Who wouldn’t want to take advantage of that?


“Not all who wander are lost.” 

– J.R.R. Tolkien


Lately it feels like those who rather travel than start collage or a new job are being scrutinized but maybe I’m taking things personally. You hear the “You aren’t thinking about your future enough“, that you “Should just go to school anyways and figure it out as you go along.


After all what about the security of a good paying job?

But travelling is far more valuable than anything education or money can give you. The world is so vast and different that travelling is education in itself. Again this ideology can differ from person to person depending on their life goal but what makes life exciting is passion. I’ve travelled the world more by the age of 23 than some people have their entire lives and I still don’t think I’ve done as much as I could have by now.


You never hear, “I’m glad I waited to travel.” No, its always “I wish I would have travelled when i was young.” It is never the reverse.


So just because your travelling and have no direction in mind it doesn’t make you selfish, it doesn’t mean you don’t know what reality is. It means your strong, and brave and taking your life into your own hands. It means you know all the risks but are going to take them anyways.


Life isn’t always certain.


And at the end of the day there are only a few things that matter.


“How well did you love? How fully did you live? And how deeply did you let go of the things not meant for you?”


Who knows what condition the Earth is going to be in in a few years. So go for it. Travel your heart out, see the world, meet new people, experience new cultures, try weird foods and enjoy it all. The worlds a mess and times are hard but nothings harder than living with the regret of, “What if?


Do what makes you happy.

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  • Reply
    May 22, 2015 at 6:13 pm

    I haven’t backed my bags yet to travel the world, but I’ve been saving my money and using my free time (between school exams) to explore new cities and countries. I really like some of the points you make here, and I completely agree that travel can teach you many things. Great post!


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      May 28, 2015 at 6:11 am

      It’s very hard to pack up everything and leave for months on end when you are building a life for yourself. I think it’s great you are still travelling even though you are in school! I find people use schooling as an excuse not to travel although I do understand that the bills could add up quite quickly if they did!
      I’m glad you liked it :]

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    May 21, 2015 at 7:37 pm

    You make some really valid points Shelby! What a fantastic article. I feel like sending this to every person who questions whether to travel now. I feel it would convince them!

    Chalsie | The Workshop Co. x

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      May 28, 2015 at 6:04 am

      Thanks Chalsie! Aw I hope you do! I feel like everyone needs a little kick in the bum when it coming to making the leap to travel. Myself included! :]

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    March 13, 2015 at 9:32 am

    Interesting to hear somebody of the same opinion speak their mind. I have just finished my degree at Uni, but after a year and a half away from home (traveling and studying) my priorities have kind of changed. Gone is the idea of success being equated with a job, and in its place is a sense that life is there for the living, if only we can grab it and really experience it. I don’t understand some of societies ‘norms’ these days. I want to continue traveling :), but I also want to experience life instead of spending time trying to make more and more money for material items – I want to spend time with people, be outside, read, learn, love, grow things, create and just breath in every moment. Thus! I made a decision along with my partner – that, when we do finally settle down, we are going to build our own life from the ground around us :). A simple cob house, a veggie garden, a water tank etc etc and a whole lotta free time to boot!
    Well, that was a long spiel, but really what I am trying to say is: don’t give in! You are born, and then you die, but in between, you can create your own life!
    xX Zoe | http://life-gazing-and-wildstrawberries.blogspot.com/

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      March 15, 2015 at 11:45 am

      I liked your spiel! That sounds so ideal having a veggie garden and living on your surrounding! It’s true you kind of find more purpose when you’re travelling and living for yourself when not focused on so many material things. I mean it’s our life people should be able to create it and live it how ever they want it to be :]

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    March 5, 2015 at 3:39 pm

    i definitely agree that travel is more valuable than most things. can’t beat seeing the world and experiencing new things! i travel quite a bit but there are so many places i still need to see.

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      March 6, 2015 at 12:53 pm

      Nope nothings better than being immersed in another culture! Same theres still so many places to tick of the list

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    Diana Cloudlet
    March 4, 2015 at 9:08 pm

    I’m in love with your blog! I like your photos and style of writing! I know that it requires so much time to update blog, but keep doing it!)
    I’ll be happy to see you in my blog!)

    Diana Cloudlet

    • Reply
      March 6, 2015 at 12:54 pm

      Thank you!! I does I have no idea it would take so long to edit photos and come up with a post. Thanks :]


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