That is what you hear from some people, specially friends and family that doesn’t understand the choices of traveling for a long period of time that we make. This quick post is inspired by Matt Kepnes article titled “Everyone Says I Must Be Running Away.” In this article he gives a great explanation of the lifestyle choices that vagabond lifestyle designers make.
“I’m not sure why, but there is this perception out there that anyone who travels long term and isn’t interested in settling down or getting a conventional job must be running away from something”. Matt expressed in his article. I can’t agree more with this statement, the fact is that in my 13 years of extended traveling I hear this so many times that I don’t even answered anymore, I just put a smile on my face and move on with the conversation in a more inspiring way. But I am going to take this opportunity and put this matter to rest.
We are not running away from anything! This is a lifestyle choice that I made and so many hundreds of thousands if not millions of other people. The fact is that because of traveling, because of immersing in other cultures, because of learning about other people, I feel it makes me a more rounded (and I don’t mean in the belly area) human being. To me traveling was a way to expand my reach, connect with more people and be able to become more aware of my life.
Most people assume that we are simply running away from our problems, running away from “the real world.” When in reality we are diving into real life. Because of these experiences we have, in my humble opinion, we have a better pulse of what is happening around us and around the world. And this brings me to the next reason, which is that traveling helps us see where the world is heading, and that gives us a better picture of what to get ourselves ready for, and set course on the road ahead.
This was one of the main reasons why I started the Vagabond Lifestyles blog, to show people that the world is changing and that you can change with it by embracing your true passion of living a simple live, work on what you love and travel all over the world.
To read the rest of Matt’s article as it appears in Medium click here!
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