For people that travel a lot you're bound to get a lot of things said to you from people that don't, and it can often be hard to relate and explain yourself to people that don't travel or haven't really travelled. I'm sure some of you that have been away and come home have had this experience, where there is just no one you can explain yourself too. Here's a few things that a lot of non travellers often say to travellers and my view on it, from a traveler's point of view.
'When are you going to get a career and settle down'' - This one gets asked quite a lot, especially to people that are mid to late twenties and still travelling the world. I suppose its not really been an issue for me yet as i'm still early twenties, but i'm sure plenty of you have heard this a million times. This is hard, i mean what's so exciting about getting a career after you've just been travelling the world for so long, doing what you love. I mean being thirty to society and just starting a career is late? That's ridiculous. You can travel the world, explore and do everything you want to do while you're young, have the opportunity and no commitments. Then decide to settle down at 30 and you're still going to be in a career for at least 30 years. I think i would rather spend 10 travelling than in that same job. It may mean one less promotion, but it means 10 years of incredible memories that i'll cherish for my whole life. You're only young once so you kinda need to make the most of it.
'Isn't travelling on your own boring' - This one drives me crazy. I have travelled to many countries on my own, and i am literally NEVER on my own. Just because you leave to a country by yourself, it no way does it mean you're going to be by yourself for the whole duration of your trip. Especially with staying in hostels, you meet new, interesting people from different countries everyday, it's going to be different if staying in hotels, of course you're going to meet less people. You never know who you're going to meet or what you're going to end up doing, and you're totally flexible to your own schedule and don't have to rely or commit to anyone, hardly boring in my eyes.
'Shouldn't you be saving your money for a house, car..' - erm well yeah maybe, but you can do both. I think it's incredibly important to save for your future, like yeah, eventually one day most travelers are going to want to settle down and get a house, career etc. So i do think it's important to save, but it's also important to spend it and enjoy it on what you love. You could die tomorrow, kinda depressing i know, but it's true. So you need to spend your money and enjoy your life and do everything you want to do, while you have the opportunity to do so. Your money is pretty much not making you anything in the bank, so you may aswell make the most of it. I mean realistically money you can always make more of, but time you can't get that shit back, so make the most of it and live your life, but yeah i also think it's a good idea to save and plan for your future.
'You must get so lonely travelling'- This one kind of relates into the travelling on your own one. With meeting new people everyday, i've never felt lonely while travelling, as most of the time i'm always with people. If you're missing people like your family and friends back home, it's so easy to skype or message them. Plus i enjoy time by myself, i love exploring on my own and having my own headspace. Maybe if you have to be with other people constantly you would feel a little lonely, but if you like your own company, then nah you will hardly ever feel lonely. And as said before, most of the time you're never going to be by yourself anyway.
'Don't you get bored of travelling' - Getting bored of doing new activities, seeing new things, trying new foods and immersing yourself in the totally unknown. I don't know how anyone can see that as boring.
'Is it not hard saying bye to new people you meet all the time' - Yeah this is kinda hard, but i think you get used to it more and more, especially when you travel a lot. It can be kinda sad though. You meet all these awesome people from all over the world, and you learn so much about each other and you're like best mates by the time you finish travelling. It's kinda sad saying bye sometimes, but it's not the end, like chances are you will see them again. When travelling around or in their home country, or even in your home country. So yeah it can be hard saying bye, but i think you just learn to move on with it. And plus with social media and technology nowadays it's so easy to keep in touch and re meet with your travel buddies.
'You're so lucky you get to travel so much' - This is probably the one i hate the most. I mean yeah in terms of being able to travel and the passport we have etc we are lucky to be able to travel and go pretty much wherever please. But when people are moaning they can't travel yet go out and spend their money every weekend drinking or buy cars and other stuff. There isn't no luck about it. The majority of people that travel, can do so because they work their arse off and save for it, there isn't no luck involved, if your dream is to travel, there's nothing stopping you, just save your cash, plan your trip and pack your bag.