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.