If you want to ask me about my favourite vacation, how to create a budget to travel, what to do in a certain city, how I like the country I’m living in…those are great questions. Please ask those! I love talking about travel almost as much as I love travel itself. I am basically open for questioning, with the exception of these 10 questions.
These are all questions I’ve been asked (…seriously). Sometimes the same question multiple times, even sometimes from the same person. And I know you’re just being curious, most likely vicariously living through me, but these questions are just annoying.
This is a public service announcement; most of us hate these questions. We hate them for one of three reasons…either they are stupid questions (like #2), they are just really none of their business (like #5), or they are just plain rude (like #7).
- WHEN ARE YOU COMING HOME?
Um, never. Kidding. (Sort of.)
- DON’T YOU GET LONELY?
“Don’t YOU get hungry?” Of course I get lonely sometimes. But, sitting on this beach sipping my Mojito sure makes that feeling pass pretty quickly.
- HOW DO YOU AFFORD TO TRAVEL ALL THE TIME?
I get a job. I build a savings account. I make a budget. Then I stick to that budget.
You don’t have to be Mrs.MoneyBags to travel. (Although, that would be a stellar last name.)
- DO YOUR PARENTS HELP YOU PAY FOR IT?
Yes, my parents have purchased a trip for me before. I can pretty much hear the “she’s spoiled” thoughts popping into your mind, though.
- HOW MUCH MONEY DID YOU SPEND?
Enough to get me there and back. I may have allowed myself to have some fun while I was there. Sue me.
- AREN’T YOU AFRAID YOU’RE GOING TO MISS OUT ON A LOT OF THINGS WHILE YOU’RE GONE?
Yeah, thanks for reminding me of that, though.
- WHAT IF SOMEONE DIES WHILE YOU’RE AWAY?
- ARE YOU GOING TO ______? YOU SHOULD!
Maybe YOU should, because that’s the 5th time you’ve mentioned it in the last week and a half. Just because I travel a lot doesn’t mean I’ve been or want to go everywhere you do.
- ARE YOU GOING TO BRING ME BACK SOMETHING?
If we’re close friends, you should already know the answer. Since you’re asking, I’m assuming we’re not, and you should assume I won’t.
- DON’T YOU FEEL LIKE LESS OF A CANADIAN BECAUSE YOU’RE LIVING IN ANOTHER COUNTRY?
Thank you for verbalizing my worst fear in the form of a judgmental question.