I am pretty sure I will never be that person who sells all my worldly possessions, packs a backpack and heads off with a one way ticket to destinations unknown.
I value stability, family and connections too much. I am sure there are many other travelers out there like me.
I am not cut out for the life of a glorified vagrant. There is nothing wrong with that life either, if that is what brings you joy.
But I would bet that a ton of folks out there want to travel and pursue a life they love, while still maintaining a certain structure within their lives.
YOU MAY NOT BE ABOUT THAT BACKPACKING WORLD TRAVELING LIFE IF:
1.YOU LOVE YOUR CREATURE COMFORTS
I often read about (often younger folks) who room in hostels and on the couches of total strangers. I guess there is a certain appeal to that, but I can’t imagine anyone over 30 wanting to live that lifestyle.
Most of us need a comfortable bed in which to sleep and at the very least, a clean bathroom. I will not be returning to my home with a bed bug on board!
I must confess I’ve never even tried Air BnB. No m’aam. I don’t like strangers beds.
2.YOU HAVE FULL TIME EMPLOYMENT
This one goes without saying. For those of us with a full time job and without the capability to work remotely, we can’t pack a bag and head to the nether regions of Djibouti.
3.YOU HAVE FULL TIME COMMITMENTS
If you have children or older parents for whom you are responsible, it is highly unadvisable (and illegal) to run off to Europe and leave them stranded.
4.YOU DON’T WANT THE EXOTIC TO BECOME YOUR REGULAR
People who live on a beach in the Bahamas don’t seem to appreciate it as much as I do when I disembark from a flight from New York in the dead of winter. A mundane, stable existence in some North American town makes me appreciate exotic locales that much more.
5.YOU HAVEN’T EVEN MASTERED TRAVELING WITH JUST A CARRY ON
You’d look pretty silly trying to backpack with a suitcase. In fact, I’m pretty sure that’s not called backpacking. It’s more like suitcasing. Which sounds quite ridiculous and is not even a word.
6.YOU LOVE YOUR LIFE AND YOUR HOME
I love vacationing. I love novelty and new locales and vistas. But there is nothing like turning the keys in my door after returning from vacation and smelling the familiar scents of my lovely home. I even relish those first few days of falling back into my routine!
7.TRAVEL IS NOT YOUR WHOLE LIFE
If travel is all you live to do, more power to you. Most of us have varied interests and passions, many of which require a home base.
So here’s to other vacationers like me! It’s ok to be more of a vacationing tourist than a backpacking world traveler!