Every where you look these days, people are traveling; North and South, left and right. It seems to be the popular thing to do after college, or even during your time there. It seems like you can look at any twenty-something’s Twitter or Facebook page, and they all have something to say about how they are wanderlusting or how all they want to do is travel. Why is that?
Now, I’m going to be throwing out my unpopular opinion on this topic: Traveling isn’t the be all end all in our lives.
Some people may make it sound like that, but you can travel when you are 18 and you can travel when you are 60. It isn’t a requirement while you are young, and it has its own pros and cons.
I have always been one of those people that was indifferent to traveling. Yes, I don’t mind going on trips now and then, that much is true.
But, do I want to see the world? No.
Do I feel like I need to travel every few months or I get bored? No.
Do I feel like I’m missing out on learning new cultures? No.
As funny as it may sound, you can experience a lot of that without ever leaving your house, your city or even your country.
My whole life I’ve had the mindset of preparing myself for the future. I tend to not think in the moment, which you could label as a bad thing and that’s up to you. I, however, don’t think so.
That being said, there is nothing wrong with using you money wisely and going on little vacations from time to time. Traveling can teach you a lot about yourself as well as the world around you. You can experience things you never have before and push yourself in ways you never thought possible.
But again, why do you have to do that right away?
Like me, there is nothing wrong with wanting to stay around your hometown and focus on your life there. There is nothing wrong with enjoying your career, saving money, making friends, creating routines, and enjoying the little things. Go ahead and throw a few trips in now and then if it makes sense for you and you aren’t going into debt for it.
Do want you want and don’t feel pressured from the people around you. If traveling isn’t your passion and isn’t your life goal, go find out what is!
What do you think? Is travel a normal part of twenty-something life or is wanderlust a little overrated?