Travelling is a passion of mine, a true way to see and learn about the world we live in. Not everyone sees travel in the same light. I know myself & many of my friends have had experiences with people who encourage or discourage travelling. Parents and other adult influences can really make or break your travelling experiences. If the people in your life do not support your choice to travel, it can be harder to accomplish your dreams. A supportive environment really does benefit everyone involved.
One reason many people condemn travel is because it costs money. Yes, travelling can be expensive. But if people can justify paying thousands of dollars for a TV or computer, why can’t they see the value in travelling? Research is important when it comes to travelling. Budgeting is important when it comes to travelling. These and other things are often what we are taught in school. Travelling, however, allows us to learn and expand our world view in a more engaging way than sitting in a classroom. Money will always be a part of travel, but isn’t it worth it to gain the amazing experience of travelling?
One of the best times to travel is when you are young. It does’t matter how you define young. It is easier (and cheaper) to travel when you don’t have kids or long term careers to anchor you. This is another reason why travelling can be judged. People who have made these commitments may look at travellers and think we are uncommitted, or running from responsibilities. To be honest, for some people this is true and that is FINE. Good for them for discovering who they are and seeing how other people live before they decide to settle down. People can travel their entire lives and be happy. People can also live their whole lives and never think about how other people do things. Travelling really offers you an opportunity to open your mind, and find what you believe in.
I will always be someone who supports travelling. To me it just makes sense. Not every one I know agrees with me, but that is okay. One thing that I really want to make a point of is that if you travel with an open mind, you will meet other people doing the same. You will meet tons of people who love to travel, wander, and explore 🙂
I wrote this post mostly for me, this is a good place to keep track of my thoughts. I will always love travel, some people will never even try it. Differences between people keep life interesting, so I am grateful for these. And what is a better way to explore these differences than travelling? 🙂