What does it mean to ‘go travelling’?
If you would have asked me this time last year what I thought it meant to ‘travel’ or to ‘go travelling’, I’d have replied with something along the lines of shoestring budgets, round-the-world tickets and no commitments. Because that’s the first thing you think of when someone mentions the word travelling. When you hear about people who go travelling, it seems like they are all quitting their jobs or taking sabbaticals and departing on getaways around the globe, with no end date and no return ticket. So, go figure that the first thing you think of when someone mentions ‘travelling,’ is just that.But, is that what it really means to go travelling? And if so, why?
GETTING OVER THE STIGMA THAT TRAVELLING IS A “ONCE IN A LIFETIME” OPPORTUNITY…
I returned from my “once in a lifetime” trip back in August. If you frequent over here on my blog, then you’re probably tired of hearing all about my post-travelling struggles, so I’ll keep it short.
Boo hoo, me, real life sucks!
But without sounding like a drip, it really does though. When you dream about something for so long, you’re always going to have difficulty letting go once it’s over. Which I undoubtedly have.
And, up until just recently, it’s been the same old sorry story. Little me, bitterly cold, walking to my 9-5 in the dark, pre-8am wondering why the hell I am not still in Thailand. To which one morning, mid-January, I had a eureka moment where it seemed like my entire centre of gravity switched. Just like that. All the pieces suddenly fit together again.
“Well why? What’s stopping me from continuing to travel?”
The fact I have a full-time job? That’s no excuse – not that I was looking for one. But why does having commitments mean I have to stop doing the things I love. I have a holiday allowance that’s for this very reason!
There’s this, stigma? Can you call it that? For lack of a better word, a stigma whereby travelling means spending months exploring the world with no worries and your entire life in a backpack.But, the art of travelling (and the definition ‘to go travelling’) is so much more than that “once in a lifetime” experience. In fact, there’s a part of me that thinks that because travelling has such a big, dream-like stereotype attached to it, it makes it unattainable for the working class person. For the very person who has one thing that is tying them down to the ‘everyday’ life, like a 9-5, their education or a family.
THERE IS NO “ONE SIZE FITS ALL”
That’s the art of travelling, you’ve just got to make it work for you, whatever your circumstances or commitments. Any trip can be an adventure.