Travel is a term that holds true to so many different definitions. That is because there is not the right or wrong answer. Everyone see’s travel how they want to. I now know that I prefer long term travel, but it wasn’t easy for me to realize this.
This was something that was hard for me to understand as I started my digital nomad career. It was hard for me to understand why some of my family and friends back home in Kansas didn’t want to see and live the same experiences across the country and abroad as I was doing. I proved to them that it was, in fact, affordable; proved to them that you could remain safe in almost any situation by being smart. I even proved to them that it was not as lonely as it might seem to do it all alone.
All of these were concerns that they had for me before I left. I thought if I could come home and share my experiences with them, they would all hop on the same train out of town that I was taking. To my greatest dismay, this was not the case. In fact, many of them hardly even changed their stance on a traveling lifestyle or increased amounts of time on the road.
Spending time abroad
It wasn’t until my semesters abroad that I realized even those on the road with me don’t necessarily hold the same travel intentions as I do. That is because everyone uses travel for different reasons.
For some, it is used as a way to relax for a week away from their normal, everyday routine; but that is literally all they want it for. For some, it is used as a way to escape to some luxurious lifestyle that they had always dreamed their life would lead to. For some, it’s to see the most infamous sights and attractions that we always see in movies and on Facebook.
Long Term Travel Lifestyle
And then there is us. Or, at least me. I use travel as life itself. When I go places, I want to get lost by immersing myself so far into the culture I’m experiencing that I lose a part of myself when I get pulled out. I want to return home (eventually) un-whole. There are parts of my life I left behind in the countries and cities that make an impact on me.
I want to feel like I have a home in every part of this world. I want to have life-long friends from every continent (taking applications, Antarctica); using every second that I am granted on this Earth at avoiding any sort of routine to my life.
I travel because it is how I want to spend my life. But traveling has so much meaning, so I am interested, what is the meaning of travel to you? Leave a comment, let’s start a good conversation!