Pssst! Hey! Yes, you. Come closer. I have a secret to share with you. Something that everyone should be aware of.
TRAVEL RUINS YOUR LIFE.
It’s more addictive than heroin and there is no rehabilitation, no cure. Much like herpes, you are stuck with it for life. The best prescription you can hope for is a new plane ticket applied weekly — but like all good medical treatments, this is only affordable for the affluent.
Hey boys & girls, have you heard about #travel? It's that new drug all the cool kids are doing! Wanna try it? Warning: It's highly addictive
— ⌠ Derek4Real ⌡ (@the_HoliDaze) August 8, 2012
For those who do choose to pursue “treatment” (aka indulging in the addiction) we eventually find that travel ruins our lives. Again, much like heroin — but slightly less expensive.
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“But wait, Derek, you keep telling me that travel is great.”
True. Short, eye-opening vacations and trips are great. But long-term travel ruins your life. Little things which ordinary people take for granted — such as a normal sleep pattern or a simple work routine — become impossible tasks. Maintaining a steady relationship is arduous best, especially if it is with someone who doesn’t travel as much. Everything that gives meaning to “ordinary” peoples’ lives suddenly loses all meaning when you travel. Sports. Television. Your local bar. All those things lose their appeal.
I’ve spoken in great detail before about the Occupational Hazards Of Being A Professional Travel Blogger and of the travel fucktastrophes that happen when you spend your life on the road.
Yet still there’s something sexy about the phrase “digital nomad.” Guilty. Sometimes I have a few beers and brag about it to my embarrassment the next day:
— ⌠ Derek4Real ⌡ (@the_HoliDaze) April 19, 2016
Of course if that won’t convince you that extensive traveling ruins your life, let me have some of my friends share their thoughts:
WHAT HAS TRAVEL RUINED FOR YOU?
TV. No desire whatsoever to watch stupid telly interrupted with even more stupid TV commercials. Waste of time.
– Juergen Klein, dare2go.com
GYM GYM GYM and health. I hate that I can’t keep in top shape when I’m bumming around the globe :S Healthy eating, sleeping patterns, regular workouts etc, miss it so much.
– Johnny Ward, OneStep4ward.com
Long-term travel ruins sometimes the “deep” connections with your so called “best friends” back home. You travel, you live your day-by-day-adventure and by all the experience you gain, you grow and open up your mind, attitude and appreciate small things. Back home your lads still complaining about their same shitty jobs, what a tard their boss is and that they need to see that new Avenger movie. Avengers is great, don’t get me wrong — but the fact that your best friends back home keep grinding in that race rat and don’t actually live their lives to their full potential loses the deeper connection to them. Kind of hurts, but everybody is in charge of their own happiness I guess…
– Nick Martin, Travel-Echo.com
The desire to spend money on furniture. Like I’m supposed to spend a couple hundred on a used couch for my new apartment? That’s a plane ticket back home to see family!
– Dani Blanchette, Going Nomadic
Long term travel ruins the enjoyment of short term travel. A one week vacation is not enough to experience/enjoy a destination. You feel like you need at least a month.
– Ted Nelson, Traveling Ted
When you are traveling somewhere new every week and making new friends every day, everything you thought you knew about “normal” life vanishes. New friends becomes family and family become strangers. This was us on the Rickshaw Run in India.
Long-term travel/perpetual expating (for nearly 5 years now) has ruined any attraction for a comfy, predictable life in a 1st world country like my native land. Alas, I’m now addicted to the daily challenges of living amid a sea of gibberish and cultural differences (such as “suicide showers” which I actually find brilliant and exceedingly energy efficient; squat toilets – ditto quite efficient/superior to the Western variety when you think about it, given that you don’t have to plop your tush on a filthy toilet seat, yes?, – not to mention the sheer joy of eating fresh, rather than frozen veggies, silly Tyson chicken nuggets, etc.)
Call me a masochist, but I honestly THRIVE on constantly testing my mettle to deal with ever surprising, confusing and yes, thoroughly stimulating obstacles of life in foreign lands. In short, it makes me feel effusively ALIVE!
Shoot, at this point, I’d be BORED SILLY within 10 days in my (otherwise beloved) Seattle. Just waaay too cushy and predictable.
– Dyanne Kruger, TravelnLass.com
Long-term travel has ruined my ability to spend money on normal things. I used to buy movies, pc games, fancy clothes. Long-term travel has ruined my desire to have things normal society deems necessary to live like a car, or house. When you spend years living out of a backpack you realize just how little you need and how rewarding it is to live with next to nothing. I couldn’t imagine doing something as big as buying a car, or as small as spending a couple hundred dollars on clothes. For me it is a waste.
-Stephen Schreck, A Backpacker’s Tale
Family relationships for sure — it is horrible for family not just to have me personally traveling, but our kids too and for example grandparents (and aunts and cousins) not seeing their grandkids etc. At the same time, we have stolen the same from our kids by choosing the travel lifestyle instead of family-focused. Our own family of five is probably much more tight and close than typical families and we do everything together, and our kids are each others best friends because we move so often that it’s what they have… But the overall larger family relations are not nearly as close what many non-traveling families have. We try to visit Finland and Texas every 3-4 YEARS, where our families live, but frankly because the extended family doesn’t want to travel to see us, we always don’t want to travel to see them either… and rather visit new places. Also — we have stolen “roots” from our kids. I think right now they are proud to be citizen’s of the world, but I am sure they will spend time in therapy when they are adults 🙂