Do you like to travel? I do. Or at least I think I do, I always used to tell myself and everyone around me that to travel the world was the one thing I knew for sure I wanted to do in my life. But now I’m 20 and I’m not so sure anymore. Everywhere around me I see something to do with traveling. My uncle has been traveling the world for work and pleasure for at least my entire life, my brother has been going places loads too. My father traveled the world for work and pleasure just like my uncle before I was born. My whole family are travellers. And if that’s not enough, every magazine you open there is bound to be an ad for a holiday to some tropical island, every time you watch the tv there is going to be an advertisement of something to do with traveling, same when you walk down the street or listen to the radio. When you go on the internet there are plenty of travel bloggers and vloggers talking about they’re amazing journeys and experiences and they are all telling you you should be doing that too. But the reality is, we don’t all want to hop on a plane every two weeks, spend 5 hours a day in a car or try to explain yourself in a town where no-one speaks English. Although most of us can agree the landscapes are phenomenal in so many places of the world, it’s okay to not want to travel as much as other people might.
Maybe I am the only one experiencing this, and that’s fine too, but I think that when I was young I was kind of pressured into wanting to travel. I don’t mean pressured by anyone or anything in particular, I mean pressured by myself. The only thing I saw around me were people traveling, and they were all so happy, so I must have thought, well traveling or wanting to travel has to be the only way to be happy then. There’s no way you can be happy if you just want to stay in your own country, in your own city all the time. That is something that came from my father, he never gave me the idea that if you have a ‘normal’ 9 to 5 job you could possibly be happy, because hardly anyone on my father’s side of the family has a job like that. But the reality is, that’s not true. There are so many people that are happy with a 9 to 5 job and they would never want a job that makes them travel anywhere and leave the comforts of their home. And that is completely fine.
Obviously I encourage stepping out of your comfort zone because that is where the magic happens. So I still want to go traveling some times, and I still intend to visit some countries and enjoy beautiful landscapes. But the desire to travel the world and find a job that enables me to do that is gone. I am very happy in my home with my boyfriend and my family at a 10 minute cycle away from me.