‘Wanderlust’ has probably become one of the trendiest words of this time, and in case of travelling, it seems like everything should be bigger and better nowadays. If you haven’t caught a flight of at least 8 hours, bungee jumped from the highest bridge on earth, been to a bounty island or swum with Nemo and Dory, it doesn’t really seem to matter anymore. But what’s wrong with the ‘good old’ Costa Brava or a holiday in Italy? Nothing!
Don’t get me wrong, I’m speaking to myself too. At the time of writing, I’m barely three weeks back from Bali and I’m already thinking about my next destination. Or, next two destinations. Yes, you read that well. I’m thinking about travelling to two parts of the world next year. On the one hand I think I should just do it, because now is the time and maybe you’ll never get this chance. But on the other hand: why the rush?
To me, there are three reasons people want to travel the world so badly:
1. It’s easier and cheaper to travel nowadays
This would probably be the very first reason people got to travel a little further than they would normally do. Those ad’s that yell: ‘Return ticket to Thailand for only € 487!’ are not really helping to stay home in the first place.
2. You are suffering from FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out)
And then there is jealousy. Think of all those ‘you should have been there’ stories of friends, travelling bloggers’ Instagram accounts and all these bucket lists people are making (guilty). If it wasn’t for Social Media, probably less people would travel the world.
3. It’s addicting
And very badly too. I know many people who waited for a long time to travel far, and when they finally did it, they didn’t want to do anything else than travelling. The freedom, the adventures and the holiday atmosphere are just the perfect combination.
Of course there’s nothing wrong with a big holiday: if you can pay for it, have enough time and enjoy it, why shouldn’t you? The only thing that is bothering me, is that people are comparing everything and always want a more tropical or ‘off-the-beaten-track’ destination, just to impress others – or maybe just themselves. To me, the main reason you should travel is because you enjoy exploring the world and learning from new cultures, nature and the people you meet.
And maybe that is something I should keep in mind myself too, when I book my next airplane ticket (or two?) 😉