I often wonder about the way travel is presented to us in the Western world. There seems to be a big push in recent years to travel a certain ‘type’ of way which may not be right for some but absolutely perfect for others. I touched on it briefly in my post called ‘I don’t care… my drunken thoughts on blogging‘ and it has come to mind again as I’ve just come back from a solo trip.
I had a few people message to ask me where I was and who I’d gone with and when I said I had gone solo, their immediate response was ‘why?’. My response was why not? No one is going to be there holding my hand forever, so as an adult (I think I am), I vow to give myself the world rather than letting it come to me. Plus, I don’t expect them to understand anyway, which might sound a little shady but it’s the truth. Solo travelling allows you experience things you never thought you would and challenge yourself in ways you never thought you could. I’m pretty shocked I didn’t end up on the cast of Taken 4.
What I’m really getting at is that there is no right way to travel. I like to travel luxury on a budget but some like to splash out and others like to scrimp on their travels. There really is no right way to do it. Some prefer companions on their trips whilst others like to go it alone. It is all really down to preference, much like we would choose a partner, we have a preference for the way we like to travel too.
Whether you travel for romance, longing to fall in love all around the world, or prefer to rally up friends and family for boozy trips on an island somewhere, there is no right way to do it. Do you like taking those traveller-esque type photos you see plastered on Instagram or perhaps you’re more interested in blending in with the people around you, learning and exploring. There is no right way to do it.
Travel is a healer, it’s a way to mend a broken heart, relieve stress and build character. Not only that it makes you smarter. Whether you like backpacking through the Himalyan mountains or taking skiing lessons , just make sure you’re respectful and come back with a renewed sense of perspective and purpose.
You don’t need to get on a plane to travel, you can explore your hometown or country and sometimes the best experiences aren’t photographed.
What way do you like to travel? Or perhaps you don’t?
Please note, this is a collaborative post.
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