The past few weeks I’ve been thinking about what it is that makes me want travel so bad and why I’m looking forward to it so much. I know not everybody understands the joy of living out of a backpack for three and a half months, staying in a different, dirty hostel every few days and having no privacy what so ever. So, I thought it might be a good idea to explain what it is that I like about it.
Firstly, it’s experiencing the countries and seeing things I have seen on pictures, on tv and read about in books, with my own eyes. I don’t know what it is, but 9 out of 10 times I see or read something about a place I haven’t been, I just really want to go there. I always say to my parents: ‘don’t you now just want to go there and see it?’ And my dad usually replies something like: ‘of course it would be nice, but I don’t really have to, because I feel like I’ve seen it already now.’ Well… I HAVE TO! At least if it’s a place that interests me (which is most places to be honest). I just want to feel the vibe, meet the people and experience the culture, something I believe you can’t do through a tv or book. I guess that is just the traveler in me.
Secondly, I’ve really come to enjoy photography, videography and documenting my adventures. I can’t wait to have my cameras with me every moment of the day and to have something cool to document on a daily basis. I mean, documenting adventures is quite hard when you are not really experiencing any. Pictures and videos can really capture a moment and especially when you took them yourself they will forever be connected to a particular feeling and memory. So, I can’t wait to look back at all the pictures and videos from this trip in ten years’ time and hopefully have so many incredible memories popping into my head.
Lastly and most importantly, it’s the feeling of freedom and only doing things that you want to do. I can’t really describe the feeling that backpacking gives you, but ever since my adventure in Australia I’ve been craving it. I guess it could be described as freedom, as you (and your travel buddy) are the only ones deciding what you’re gonna do. I know I usually come across quite calm and collected, but throughout my school and uni life I’ve struggled with stress a lot. I’ve come to the conclusion that I don’t really do well with people telling me what to do and when to have it finished. I’d rather follow my own path and do what I think is best to do. I know traveling seems really stressful to a lot of people, as there are so many things that can go wrong, but for me that is not the nature of my stress. I like challenges and figuring out a plan B, if plan A didn’t happen. Just the fact that I’m the one fully in charge of whatever I do with my life is an amazing feeling.
So, living out of a backpack for three and a half months, staying in a different dirty hostel every few days and having no privacy what so ever might not sound appealing to you, but for me it’s one of the greatest feelings in the world. I can’t wait to only have a backpack full of stuff with me, I can’t wait to visit a new place everyday and laugh about the disgusting things we will encounter and I honestly can’t wait to be around other like minded people every single moment. I’m sure it will be an amazing adventure and I really hope that after this trip I’ll still say that traveling is one of my biggest passions.