I truly, deeply love travelling. Whenever I am feeling beaten or swamped in my day-to-day life, I jump on to Twitter to immerse myself in the travel lifestyle and talk with you guys.
But as much as I (and you and others) love to travel, some recent backlashes against the perma-travel lifestyle reminded me of a question I asked myself on my last major jaunt:
Is travelling selfish?
I don’t mean selfish as in “a traveller will steal candy from a baby” type selfish. The real question I’m asking is, at what point have you had your fill and should you then turn your attention back home?
For me, it was 2006 and I found myself travelling the Baltic countries and the former Soviet Bloc with my younger brother and another friend. In Wroclaw (Krakow for your English-speakers) we found the more centrally located hostel we could find and set up shot. Late into the night, the thump-thump of the disco across the street and the making out of the newly-made couple in the bunk across the room got to me like never before. At that point, I made the decision to take my experience and truly build something, a business based
At that point, I made the decision to take my experience and truly build something, a business based on my passion for travel.
Simultaneously I also realized that leaving every opportunity I could for prolonged periods meant I missed birthdays, anniversaries and all-around good times back home. I’ve sent more birthday messages than I would like to admit via email across international borders and oceans. While in Europe in 2003, I came back to find my best friends had arguably the best summer in man history.
Independent backpacking is after all, independent. It involves ME going wherever I want, whenever I want. If I want to see Pisa tomorrow, I’m there. If I think my tan’s fading a bit too much, a few days on Koh Tao just makes sense.
But, of course, like all good things, travel is (often times) best served in moderation. At least for some people. Some folks seemingly travel forever, while for some, a weekend in Vegas is all you need.
So, I’m tossing a few questions at you, the passionate traveller, to ask yourself…
Is there a point to which you’ve travelled too much? If so, how can you tell?
Beyond blogging, have you thought of any new ways of building something back home with your travel experiences?