To whom it may concern:
To all of those you want to judge the person who wishes to travel, I have one thing to say to you is “Goodbye”.
There has been a lot of talk through the many threads, groups, blogs I follow and am part of regarding how we, the travelers, should live our lives. We are constantly told “You should save money”, “You should have a real career”, “You shouldn’t travel alone, it’s dangerous”, and this endless list goes on. As the wanderlust, we are carefree and spirited individuals who don’t want to live to your traditional norms or expectations. We want to live our lives through hope, laughter, unpredictability, exploration, experience and so much more than what your traditional norms has to offer. We don’t look for materialistic things to fill our heart, we look for memories and experiences to fill our minds, our souls, and our passion. We are thirsty in the sense that we are always seeking adventure, willing to learn, and living our lives as if tomorrow was our last day.
To some of you, you save money because your goals are different than ours. Your goal may be to own a home, have kids, buy a car, however our goals are to swim in the Mediterranean, eat authentic Italian food, hike the prettiest view, snorkel in the warm oceans and more. We respect your goals, but can’t you do the same for us?
Some of us have been hurt, have lost some loved ones and traveling is a way to end our depression, to do what others have been unable to do, and to free ourselves.
We listen to your suggestions because we know you try to look out for our best interest, but have you ever wondered if maybe the decisions we have made are best for us? To make mistakes, to become worldly and to learn through hands-on experiences is what being human is all about. Please don’t call us selfish because for most of us traveling is a form of therapy and self-reflection and if taking care of our mental health is selfish, then what do you call your needs to buy the latest gadget, toy, car, or house? Without travel, some of us may feel lost, broken, damaged or worst insignificant to those around us. Travel for us is like food is for the body, it is necessary and very much needed for our psychological needs, our physical health and recovery.
Please support us in our decisions as we have supported you through yours. That is all that we ask.