Travelling Close to Home Isn't A Bad Thing
What makes a traveller become known as a traveller? Think of the people you know, how many of them would you say are travellers and think about what makes them so.
The chances are you know them as travellers because they head out on journeys to far flung places for years on end, most of the other SiXNOMADS are exactly that.
The word traveller and backpacker have their own meanings now, they don't adhere to the dictionary definitions, it's become more about appearing to challenge oneself.
Europe is the most interesting continent on our planet. It houses 50 countries and the variety of cultures from one country to the next can make it seem like you've travelled to the other side of the globe.
I love to travel and I love Europe, so that's what I choose to see.
If you're sat at home in the country you were born in thinking that you like the idea of being a 'traveller' but want to see more of your continent, then I'm here to tell you there's nothing wrong with that. NOTHING.
Do you take luggage with you? Are you visiting new places? Are you having new experiences? Yes? Well, then you are a traveller.
Backpacking is a cool thing. It's something I'm proud of in my life and I'm glad I have had the opportunity to do it. However, one thing that's swarming hostels all over the world (how would I know, I've really only travelled Europe) is a pretentiousness over travelling and who is a 'traveller'.
If you want to live the life of a traveller then you have to do one simple thing: you have to travel.
I've been to over 30 countries in Europe. I love it. My favourite country is Iceland and it was before I visited it. I love the cold, the natural beauty everywhere, the greenery everywhere you look, the dramatic scenery, the glaciers, the animals, I just love it.
Europe is full of unrivalled architecture. I study architecture and for me, Europe values its architecture more than other continents. When I visit countries like Sweden and Norway, I'm there to appreciate the advancements in functional architecture. So why would I go all the way out to Asia to see architecture that I don't value just to become a member of the travellers club? I shouldn't, of course, and neither should you.
Once I was in a hostel in Portugal and overheard a conversation about a guy that had been going away for a month at a time around Europe. The 'real traveller' assured her that she wasn't really travelling because she went back every month to spend time with her family (as if that's a bad thing) and swiftly claimed her right to the throne by boasting of the last time she saw her family.
If that story didn't sound perverse to you then you may have fallen victim to the same poison. I love my family and although I love travelling (or do I) it doesn't mean I never have to see them, and again, it doesn't mean that for you either.
Travelling can be a lot of things and it doesn't have to dominate, encapsulate or even define your life. Just see what you want to see, and live the way you want to live.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Sabina absolutely adores Europe. She's a student of architecture and loves to explore architecture around the world.