There have been times when I’ve realised all of the privileges that have enabled me to be able to travel as much as I have. It’s easy to feel guilty about having an advantage in life due to the accident of being born in a first-world country to a middle class family. Just being able … Continue reading Why we should feel grateful, not guilty, about the privilege of travel
I’ve written before about how travelling can be addictive. I’ve also defended the millennial obsession with travelling. Obviously it’s better to be ‘addicted’ to travelling than, say, gambling. But if the urge to just ‘travel more’ and hoard travel experiences becomes the centre of one’s focus, then this kind of experientialism may lose meaning and value. … Continue reading The problem with being obsessed about travel
I’m all for prioritising ‘experientialism’ over materialism; that is, looking for contentment in experiences, rather than material things. Travelling might make you less materialistic, if it solidifies the notion that you can find more meaning and fulfilment in having new experiences than with buying more stuff. But even so, sneering at 'materialistic people' who are pursuing … Continue reading How travelling can turn into a status game
Sometimes the circumstances of home life might make you want to run away. And then you do. When you are no longer entangled in an environment that you felt was making you unhappy, just the very act of changing your scenery can be a relief and an opportunity to re-evaluate aspects of your life. It … Continue reading Escape through travel doesn’t always work
As a generation accused of being lazy, self-obsessed and self-entitled, obsessing over travel seems to fit that bill. To feel entitled to quit a job and go backpacking around the world on a ‘personal journey’ – equipped with selfie (selfish) stick in hand – might be a sign of self-indulgence. I think this is definitely … Continue reading Why are millennials obsessed with travelling?
I had heard and read about the infamous post-travel depression that long-term travellers get when returning home. There is a kind of reverse culture shock, where your comfort zone is challenged, not by the novelty of a new country, but by the familiarity of home. Before boarding your last flight, homebound, you were comfortable with … Continue reading The real challenge is coming back home
I was always under the impression that travel broadened your horizons, in that it made you more open to, and tolerant of, different cultures and perspectives, and in turn, less judgemental about others. And for the most part, this assumption has been bolstered by all travellers I've met; they tend to be open to anyone … Continue reading Staying open-minded and keeping judgement in check