Do we travel to escape reality? My grandmother has a very specific view of people who travel a lot, especially older people.
She can’t understand how they can’t just be happy with staying at home, why their souls are so restless and unhappy with their current situation.
I hear and read this a lot:
If you travel all the time, you’re running away from something.
Is that true? Are we running away from something… if so, then what are we running from?
Do We Travel To Escape Reality
I believe that nearly all of us are running, but for two different reasons:
- Some have restless souls trying to find happiness in external things like adventure and experiences, in other words, they’re trying to escape from who they are right now – hoping to change.
- Some are dreamers running away from society hoping to find an escape somewhere else or to find an answer telling them that life doesn’t have to be the way people force it to be.
Running Away From Yourself
I both know and have met people in this situation: They are sick of traveling, tired of always being on the road, talking nothing but negative about travels but they still have that nervous restless look in their eyes, which makes them continue.
Some left home because they hated their life there, hoping it would be better somewhere else, only to find they brought their problems with them.
The only problem is that they don’t realize it, but continue to the next destination thinking and hoping that it will be better there, and then the next, and the next…
Instead of dealing with their problems – they try to find a way to escape them, which is impossible.
When traveling it is easier to block out your personal problems because of all the new, exciting, external things going on, but you will never escape them.
Running Away From Reality
If we’re running away from (leaving) a current reality or situation, and I believe this is true for many of us, then I can’t see why that would be such a bad thing?
– Why should we accept life the way it is? – Why can’t we look for something better? – Why can’t we widen our perspectives?
I say we can, and we should!
We don’t have to follow the rules of society like a bunch of numb robots, doing everything society tells us to do even though we haven’t seen much good coming out of it.
In fact, I think this is an awesome reason to travel.
Running away in this aspect, searching for something else in life is necessary for you to evolve, to develop and not get stuck in a current situation.
In a way I believe that you have to be looking for something to find something – although not necessarily knowing what you look for.
What do you think about all this? Why do you travel? Are you trying to escape from reality?
Why Travel Today Is Better Than Ever Before
Have you ever found yourself surrounded by people complaining about how everything was so much better back in the good ol’ days? I can’t count on my fingers how many times this has happened while traveling.
I’m tired of hearing from old travelers about how traveling was so much better back when they were young. For some reason, people often seem to forget the not so good things and remember everything as if it was a perfect paradise.
To be honest, I don’t believe that everything about traveling is better today, but there are definitely many things today which are a lot better than the good ol’ days – so today let’s focus on the good stuff!
Seriously, whenever before has there been flight tickets for 5 dollars? Or a time when you could get a 100 EURO 12hr flight from Malaysia to Europe?
This is an amazing thing, and it means that today it’s not only the rich people who can afford to travel around the world – now nearly everyone can.
Not only are budget airlines offering cheap fares, but the higher valued airlines as well.
There are more companies and the competition is higher, which often results in a price war where the ticket fares go really cheap – get online and there are so many ways to find the cheap deals.
Years ago, backpacking around Europe was mainly done with a EUrail pass, today there are many alternatives, making it easier to find the cheapest and most suitable option for you.
It’s Easy, Faster & More Freedom
In 1994, it took 42 hours for us to get to Bali and 7 stopovers. Today it takes less than half that time, with only one stopover.
Traveling long distances is so much easier today, and the good deals to get there are right around the corner.
One big breakthrough over the last few years is the growth of people who can work wherever they want, who don’t have to go to an office and work the 9/5 job – resulting in the ability to be locational free. Not long ago this was unthinkable, but today it’s a very common reality.
Also these days it’s SO much easier to be prepared and organized – everything is at the push of a button: book your flight, find the best place to stay, know where you always are, etc.
Do you think that takes away the excitement and adventure of travel?
What is best about this I think is that it gives us CHOICE – sometimes we all need that break from complicity, stress and uncertainty – then it’s nice to be able to get that so easy when you’re still abroad.
It’s More Accepted
More and more people are accepting the traveling lifestyle. There are people who intentionally travel alone as well.
It really is going in the right direction, but still there are many people are still stuck in the old mindset of how you only allowed one gap year to travel and then you must come home and get a ‘real’ job and a ‘real’ life.
Today we’re much more open to open-ended traveling, freedom long-term travel, solo travel, and you can even find more parents are taking their kids out of school to go traveling – which I think is a great idea!
What do YOU think is better about traveling today?