Why I never want travel to be free

A world as beautiful as ours deserves to be experienced, but for me, that’s something that I believe should be earnt and not handed to you on a gold plate. I’m almost positive that the quote ‘If travel was free, you would never see me again’ has been seen or used by every single Instagram, Tumblr or Facebook fanatic with reposts about just how incredible it would be and how it would be their dream come true. Well, I’m here to say otherwise. I’ve always been super sensitive on this topic and I have many followers that post about it so I wanted to share my own opinion on why I would hate travel to be free…crazy? I know!

  1. If you want something so bad, nothing should ever stop you from achieving it. That’s right, not even money, the demon in disguise. If you envy those people that quit their job to travel full time or those whom shifted their lives across the big deep blue, then why not follow in their footsteps? It’s 100% achievable. Don’t just sit behind your computer or phone wishing you could have something, when you so totally can.
  2. People become your home, particularly when you travel long term. You realise that the word home is as foreign as your next destination on your journey and that’s damn thrilling. If travel was free, you’d lose connection to some of the most vital aspects of that journey.
  3. You would take the main road; not the long road. Sometimes the quickest way isn’t always the best way to get from point A to point B. Transport isn’t just a means to get around, it’s a journey in itself; the people you meet and the places you see along the way are all parts of travelling that make it just that extra bit special. If travel was free, I’m sure most people would be inclined to take the quickest route – I sure would.
  4. Hard work pays off. It’s rewarding as hell knowing that you earnt everything you received and encountered. You’ll also gain a greater understanding of budgeting and how to decipher between your wants and needs of your daily life.
  5. Travel not only brings happiness to you, but it brings happiness to those communities that you invest your money into. There are so many local communities that thrive off tourism and well, if travel was free, these beautiful communities would crumble.
  6. If traveling was free, there would be a loss of appreciation for the small things in life like a cup of hot tea on a cold winters day, a shower after days of non-stop travel or hearing the voice of a loved one after no contact for days. When you travel, especially as a backpacker on a budget, you gain a greater understanding of how much or how little money you really do need to live a life full of wonder, adventure and spontaneity.

After all, ‘travel is not about money, it is about courage’.

All the love in the world,

Soph xx

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