I have read so many posts about why you should travel each with the same general ideas and similar pros and cons, but I wanted to write about why it is that I have chosen to travel and what it is that is keeping me doing it. The reasons that made me begin travelling in the first place are not necessarily the same reasons that are keeping me here now which I find interesting. My whole mind set has changed, although a lot of the initial reasons are of course still relevant.
For me the main reason I began travelling was to see the world. I wanted to experience cultures totally different than my own and gain a wider perspective on the world. I wanted to see how other people lived and what other ways of life there were in comparison to the way I was living my life. I was already bored of the monotonous routine of a 9 to 5 and was already feeling trapped in my home town so essentially I wanted to escape for a while. I was chasing adventure in a foreign land and thats exactly what I got. I never thought I would be able to stay away for as long as I have or that I would even want to, but twenty months later I’m still here!
Another reason I wanted to travel is that my big sister had done a lot of travelling before me and had always come back with such amazing stories and experiences that I wanted to try it for myself. My sister has always been a big influence on me and inspired a lot of my decisions when I was younger so it seemed natural for me to follow in her footsteps and plan my own travels. Before I set out on my own I actually went on my first few trips with my sister was really eased me in. She was older and had previous travelling experience which made it a lot easier and she helped to prepare me for the craziness and being totally out of comfort zone.
In all honesty I think the main reason I am still travelling now is because I don’t know how to go back to a life back home. The thought of having to live in the same place for an extended period of time absolutely terrifies me and I cant bear the thought of going back to a 9 to 5 office job. I hated doing it before and I will hate it even more after having such amazing experiences since I have been travelling and never having to commit to something for too long. Maybe in another year or two my mind set will have changed and I will be ready to go back home and settle down, but right now I am so not ready for that.
Of course I am still chasing an adventure and love nothing more than visiting a new place and getting to understand a totally different culture and way of life, but the main thing that is keeping me here is that I am just not ready to go home. I am sure there are some people out there who probably think by your mid twenties you should be making progress in a career or have some idea of where you’re going, but for me that just isn't the case! Different things make different people happy and I enjoy the uncertainty of not knowing where I’m going to be next month let alone next year. I have my whole life the figure out a career or to settle down, but right now I’m just going to focus on doing what makes me happy.