Forget all that ‘finding yourself’ stuff, there are far more practical reasons to go travelling that I know everyone will get on board with. While it’s true that you do experience and learn a lot, travelling for a long period of time means that you cut out some of the every-day-life bollocks that none of us enjoy.
1. No cleaning the bathroom for a whole year
I don’t think I know anyone who likes scrubbing out a toilet or cleaning down a shower. It’s probably one of my least favourite household chores. Staying in hostels for a year means that someone else is doing that for you. Sure, you could hire a cleaner for your own home but this way means that you get to see new places as well.
2. No getting tangled when changing bed sheets
Having fresh clean bedsheets every day of the year is a dream that no one would believe would come true. Not unless you get yourself tangled in the quilt cover every night before you hop in to sleep. But when you’re travelling your bed comes readymade. Another luxury of staying in new places every few days.
3. No hoovering or sweeping the floor
Someone else does this for you! Great stuff. It doesn’t matter how many times you do it at home it just never seems to be clean.
4. Don’t have to think about what to wear or how to do your hair
I do think about these things when I’m at home because I enjoy it, but right now I literally have five tops and a couple of pair of trousers. My hair stays up because it’s hot and I don’t even care that I’m not wearing makeup. Of course, it’s not like you can carry a whole wardrobe and makeup set with you anyway.
5. No being forced to go to social events you’re not interested in
You see all the stuff happening on Facebook but you don’t actually have to go. I say that like socialising is a bad thing, it’s not, it’s just I don’t like doing it all the time (see my blog about being an introvert) and sometimes being around people just sucks. It’s all the bullshit politics of it. Travelling has meant that I can pick and choose what I want to do, who I want to do it with and when I do it.
6. Barely any cooking
Now I love cooking so this seems like an odd one to put on here – but with barely any cooking comes barely any washing up. It’s been great to not think about this for so long, especially in south east Asia where the hostels don’t even bother with kitchens because it’s so cheap to buy street food.
7. No unloading shopping from the car boot
After a big shop the last thing I want to do is unload the car, especially when you live in a 3rd floor flat. It’s just annoying. Barely any cooking means barely any shopping and it’s not like we have a car either. Or a flat for that matter.
So in summary, travelling is excellent for lazy people like me. Or I guess you could just get rich. I’m pretty sure rich people don’t have to do these things either.
Of course there are more serious reasons to go travelling but if you feel like any of these have hit you hard then check out my blog about planning to travel. I believe that we all have the capacity to achieve it, whatever our situation, as long as we create a plan and stick to it.