When you’re first entering the world of travel, it’s new, it’s exciting and it’s super CONFUSING. Add onto that the amount of people (bloggers like myself included) who are telling you how, where, when and how you should feel about traveling – it gets even more confusing.
**These things MAY be true for some, but in general, they are things that are said often but really make no sense when you really think about them.
TRAVEL SHOULD BE MORE IMPORTANT THAN YOUR CAREER (OR VICE VERSA)
Let’s settle something right now – no one can tell you what is important in your life except for you. That’s for you and you alone to decide, and there shouldn’t be any judgment from anyone else (even though there mostly always is.) You set your priorities, and no one should judge that (although people mostly always will.)
IT LOOKS GREAT ON YOUR RESUME/CV IF YOU HAVE TRAVELED A LOT
Personally, I think this is a huge lie. Sure – on a personal level, that person interviewing you might applaud your choice to backpack across Asia for a year, but on a professional level there are most certainly some doubts creeping into their minds when they hear you have been out of the game for that long. I really do think travel should be a priority in your life in you want it to be, but don’t kid yourself – there are some huge downsides to taking some time off to travel – such as those gaps in your CV. Things change, and depending on what your career or job is, it can be really damaging to be out of the game for a few years (especially if you work in a fast-paced world).
YOU HAVE TO HAVE (A LOT) OF MONEY TO TRAVEL
Obviously travel costs money, but how much money is totally up to you! Not only that, but you don’t NEED to have a giant savings account before you take that trip to Ireland you’ve been dreaming about. Sometimes you need to get away, and even if you are coming back to a bank account that’s not as full as you’d like – it’s okay to take that trip!
YOU SHOULD TRAVEL WHILE YOU’RE YOUNG / YOUR 20s ARE THE BEST TIME TO TRAVEL
This is something I hear so often, and being young myself, it’s never really bothered me…until now. It has recently started to bother me because I really believe that there is no age cut off when it comes to travel…why would there be?
There are no rules saying “you will have the most fun traveling between ages 20-29”. If you’re 50 years old and want to get some of those infamous beads during Mardi Gras – I applaud you. If you’re 20 and want never want to leave your hometown, that’s fine too! You do you.
YOU WILL LOVE LIVING ABROAD
I’m telling you something that very few people (and even fewer travel bloggers) care to admit; you might very well HATE living in another country. And if you do, you will feel a pang of guilt, shame and even embarrassment – and that’s just stupid. Living in another country (or several countries) is really, really difficult sometimes, and it’s definitely not for everyone. Sometimes we get the short end of the stick, sometimes we make choices and then regret them, sometimes we’re not cut out for the life we thought we wanted, sometimes things go wrong (and every other quote you can think of for a situation that you thought would be awesome but turns out to be complete shit.)