Lately I have been catching up on my fix of travel adventure by reading all sorts of my favorite travel bloggers ( TravelsWithANineYearOld, LeaveYourDailyHell, HeckticTravels, GoSeeWrite, and a whole bunch more). And to be truthful, I started becoming quite envious (and intimidated) that these travelers simply drift wherever life takes them and hop countries before I even decide to catch up on my laundry. Then I started reading blog posts like ‘Are We Really That Lucky to Travel’ and ‘The Reality of Being A Professional Blogger’ and it got me to thinking.
I’m pretty content with just being an expat.
For a while I was a little intimidated that I have not traveled nearly as much as these fellow travel bloggers but it took some personal discovery on my part to realize what type of traveler I am. I cherish being able to call a place home and go shopping for hours, I like getting to know the locals on a personal level and between me and you I’m quite the lazy traveler. Traveling with a backpack filled with a few outfits and constantly moving on to a different country every week is not really my neck of the woods.
I like to take things slow, really slow.
There’s no reason to be intimidated by these travel ‘gods’. Simply stay true to yourself. If you don’t see yourself climbing up mountains and jumping out of airplanes, there is plenty more to do while traveling. I feel as though everyone should travel, but with all these up and coming travel bloggers out there it can put quite the pressure that your trip isn’t as ‘adventurous’ if you don’t experience the craziness that they get high off of. Everyone is different and if you want to go out and spend a week per year getting drunk in Mexico or perhaps give bird watching a try in the Midwest, go for it! Your travel itinerary is all up to you and although these travel ‘gods’ may be up to the hundreds in the amount of countries they have traveled, perhaps that is not for you.
Continue to push your limits but do it for you, not just because you think that is what you’re supposed to be doing.
With time I’m sure the type of traveler you are will adjust itself and if you feel as though becoming a nomad is the right lifestyle for you then by all means sell your stuff and travel the world on a whim! But if taking a family road trip once a summer is your idea of adventure, you are still quite the traveler!
Discover the type of traveler within you and go for it!
PS. Those ‘intimidating’ travel bloggers are a much better resource than any guide book in finding ways to get good deals and learning more about where to go during your travels. So instead of dwelling on the fact of how ‘intimidating’ travel bloggers can be, use them to your advantage ;)