As good a question as any, why do I travel? Perhaps a more insightful question might be ‘what are you running away from?’. Because I am. Running away that is. It was getting to a stage where I was long out of university and I’d been living independently in London for a few years and there was always the pressure of what to do next.
I didn’t have, or want (still don’t) a boyfriend, I certainly wasn’t ready to settle down. Although I had a good job and a nice sideline as a fashion blogger, complete with awards, I was pretty skint. It wasn’t that I didn’t earn enough money, it was that I lived in London which is cray expensive, so the vast majority of my wage was immediately swallowed up by my huge rent.
Mostly though, I found myself thinking, ‘these are the last days of my youth’. Dramatic, sure, but on a real – they totally are. So it was either plod into adulthood feeling totally unprepared and like I had unfinished business, or run into the sun.
I chose to do the latter. It was weird because I’d never expressed any interest in seeing the world, never had any wanderlust, I certainly hadn’t done much travel prior to buying a round the world ticket. My decision to do long term travel literally happened in the space of two hours. I was deciding whether or not to take a new job after I’d already handed in my notice at the old one and I thought, why have I self-sabotaged myself? Obviously, deep down, I wanted out. As soon as I told the first person (my Mum, obvy) I wanted to go travelling, it felt so right. Although it was one of the most off the cuff choices I’ve ever made, I have never once regretted it.
So really, there’s no deep and meaningful reason as to why I travel. I just want to – life is too short and I’m not ready to do what’s expected of me. I know I’ll have a family of my own one day and a career of sorts but there’s no need to do it in a conventional way, or rush into it. For now it’s just me, my backpack and thefashionablebackpacker.com
“We do not travel to escape life but for life not to escape us…” enjoy the journey! 🙂
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