“Travel and tell no one, live a true love story and tell no one, live happily and tell no one… people ruin beautiful things”. If only our generation would’ve followed these wise words quoted by Kahlil Gibran. Unfortunately, most of us do beautiful things and immediately announce it on social media!
Social media is part of our lives and it’s certainly hard to resist the temptation of sharing, especially when you do something that’s considered cool or trendy, like travelling.
Yep, everyone wants to travel to the finest destinations and upload dreamy photos on social media — whether or not they have the time and money to do so.
There Is Such A Thing As Too Much Travel
In 2015, popular video channel CollegeHumor released a video with a funny take on the issue of excessive travelling. The video, titled ‘Your rich friend who travels all the time‘, takes a dig at all those who can’t stop bragging about their escapades. And believe us, there were many who were butthurt!
Now, we’re not trying to say that only the rich kids must travel, or that one must not travel at all. We love getting out and exploring the world just as much as you do. It opens up your mind to a lot of things.
But don’t fall prey to the stories of those who are globetrotting all the time. There is a possibility that they can actually afford it, or that they don’t have a boss to report to. It’s also possible that they’re compromising on the other aspects of life and investing all their time and money in travel.
As traveller Daniel Brazil commented on the above video, “I had to make many sacrifices to afford to go all the places I’ve been. I never eat out, I walk/bus everywhere… new clothes, never (shopping is cheaper in Vietnam), and zero luxuries. Plus, if you combine work with travel, you can stretch it out a lot longer.”
So you see, it is very subjective. You need to be aware of your situation — be it career, finances or personal life, and make your travel plans accordingly. Don’t book your tickets on a whim!
Mayank Verma, 26-year-old entrepreneur from Delhi, talks sense when he says, “I love to travel just like any other person out there. But I also understand that I can’t do it 365 days a year. I have to focus on mundane and routine things in life so that I can afford to travel for a couple of weeks in a year.”
Being Home Isn’t Half Bad
Don’t sulk if you can’t travel as much as your Facebook friends do.
Travelling less and staying home can give you a chance to spend more time with your family and friends. When was the last time you had a real conversation with a loved one anyway?
Plus, chilling with your parents and enjoying ghar ka khaana is free! Needless to say, if you travel less, you save more. That way, you could probably also save up for a bigger and better trip in future.
Making these decisions is all part of growing up. Work hard, save money, and travel to add to your bank of memories — not for social media likes.
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Namit is a journalist and adventure sports enthusiast. He divides his time in reading about interesting issues and later writing about them. In his free time, he is most expected to escape to the mountains in search of solitude.