Everyone has a different opinion. Is travelling a hobby? Is travelling a lifestyle? Or is it a form of escapism? Explore these ideas to see which it is for you or what you should do.
Is Travelling a Hobby?
One of the biggest beliefs out there is that we travel as a bit of a hobby. You immerse yourself in the planning in your spare time, for example between shifts at work, in the evenings and at the weekends. You look forward to the day you travel and equally look forward to where you will go next.
It is difficult to decide when going on holiday becomes going travelling. Is it the period of time spent away or is it how many places you visit in that time? Maybe it is a little of both. There is no definitive answer to that.
In my opinion a hobby is something you do in your spare time or time off. You don’t have to sacrifice anything in your current life to sustain a hobby. So when you start leaving your job and buying one way flights is travelling a hobby anymore?
There are a lot of people out there who see the world in their spare time. They maintain their lifestyle at home and still manage to travel. If this is the way you’re leaning towards then there are pros and cons.
The pros are being able to maintain a career path at a home base. One of the hardest things about coming back from a serious amount of travelling is that you can struggle to find employment as employers can be apprehensive about employing someone who likes to disappear.
You’ll see your family and friends much more. You won’t be missing weddings, births and big events back at home. We have already missed 2 weddings (about to be 3) and our nephew is growing up without us.
But travelling comes at a cost. If you start going three or four times a year, then you’ll notice the financial commitment you have to your new hobby.
Is Travelling a Lifestyle?
A lifestyle for me is literally how you live your life. You’d have to be constantly travelling or doing something with the sole purpose to travel. For example, we are currently working in the outback of Australia in a pub. The reason we are here is to save the money to travel Australia. We also moved to China to teach English with the sole purpose of saving money and using China as a hub to explore South East Asia.
I have to be honest, I truly believe you experience a culture and place differently when you live there and not just pass through. But it comes with large sacrifices. We are thinking about returning home when we are around 33-34 years old. You don’t often read about people starting their careers at that sort of age.
We don’t see our friends, we don’t see our families and we miss important events.
On the contrary you could have a job that forces you to travel; conferences, meetings, product viewing, etc. Being able to combine a career with the benefits of round the world travel is something many of us aspire to. Unfortunately these sorts of jobs are few and far between.
Is Travelling Escapism?
It completely depends! For me sure it is. Do I want to go home right now and get a 9-5 job in an office? Do I want to settle down, buy a house and have a family? No I don’t. And the longer I am travelling and am not in the UK the less I think about it.
Does it mean I never want to do those things? Hell no. Just not right now.
I think if you travel as more of a hobby it’s slightly harder to know – are you travelling to get away or are you travelling because you just love it? For me it’s both.
What Should You Do?
Travelling is such a personal experience. Everybody does it for different reasons and everyone puts a different amount of their time into it.
I’m a big believer in not taking notice of inspirational videos that make you feel like you are wasting your life behind a screen or career. Many of my friends just aren’t interested in seeing the world. They want stability and a family.
However if you are reading this then the chances are you’re not that way inclined.
There are so many ways in which to explore. My sister works for Doctors Without Borders and has been to Rwanda and Macedonia with her work. She’s walked with great apes and stared into volcanoes. All this whilst advancing her career and future prospects.
There is literally no right way to travel!
Think about what you want to get out of it. How much you are willing to sacrifice; financially, socially and time?
Is travelling a hobby? Or is travelling a lifestyle? Who cares? Do what you want and enjoy every second of it!
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