How exciting it is to be 18!!! Fresh out of sixth form and you're ready to go to the other side of the world all on your own (apart from your best gals). You're independence is shining so brightly you barely noticed that your parents payed for half the trip. Maybe this is a well-needed break from some drama you've been airing on twitter or maybe this is actually the beginning of your gap year you're taking because you're shit scared of real life or don't know what you want to do at uni. How blessed you are to be able to see such cultures that no-one else can, apart from the hundreds of thousands of tourists that visit every year. What an original idea. You will definitely come back feeling enlightened and 100% sure of what you want in life. And you can talk about it in your personal statement #blessed #luckygirl

That's an extreme case of annoying teenage traveller syndrome. It's hard to get away from, especially if, like me, you're now at that age where every single person is doing it too. Sarcasm aside, I actually got back from Bali recently, so I am the stereotypical middle-class white girl doing yoga poses on the beach at sunset and taking pictures of it. AND now I'm even more stereotypical because I'm blogging about it. 

Don't get me wrong, I had a great time. And I'm sure all the other #blessed girls did too. And so will you if you're planning a trip to the other side of the world. But my life hasn't actually changed, other than I don't have a job because I quit to go to Bali. If you're planning a trip because you don't know what else to do then thats not a good enough reason. It isn't going to fix anything, other than distract you from your millenial problems for a few weeks/months. I haven't been enlightened by some huge realisation about my life, and I'm pretty sure I won't no matter where I go. 

Now that I've done yoga poses in front of a sunset I am a well-rounded and mature adult who is ready to face their life. Legit.
We all want to travel the world, and see all the places you've seen in movies and on pinterest. I'm the same, my bucket list is all the usual places: Thailand, Fiji, New York, Dubai... Anywhere that's not where I was born and raised basically. I think a piece of all of us wants to get off the grid and feel like we're free for a few weeks. Even more so when you're at this age, after the stress of A-levels and the pressure of figuring the rest of your life is hitting - if you're an adult then don't even get us started on this topic. It's so appealing to live your life carefree on an island. It motivated me to get back in the game tackle everything I left behind head on. But then you come home, and so quickly the magic wears off.

Travel isn't a personality trait. Maybe it once was, like a hundred years ago lol, but now that everybody is doing it, it doesn't make you interesting and it doesn't make you cultured. It isn't going to solve your problems. You can write about it in your personal statement but how is that different from what anyone else is doing? How does that show what you're about as a person? You can start a travel blog (eg. myself, rip originality) but that doesn't actually make you interesting, and unfortunately going to other countries doesn't automatically tick the "life experience" box all the time.

Maybe it isn't the destination at all, maybe it's the amount of time spent away from everything you know and the distance between everything and everyone you're used to. But if that's the case then save yourself (or your parents) a few hundred quid and lock yourself away somewhere closer to home. Side note: Where is the line between going on holiday and going travelling? People keep asking me how travelling was, and yeah I took a back pack and not a suitcase, does that mean I'm one of those dickheads off the inbetweeners 2 now? Do you have to stay longer than 3 weeks for it to be classed as real "travelling"? Maybe if I'd had stayed longer I would have stopped wearing shoes.

Millenial girls in the process of becoming enlightened whilst posing for Instagram.
This could be a serious comment on a millenial's lifestyle choices. How we supposedly don't want to settle down, and are so self entitled that we just want to have fun our whole lives. Is all the stuff you've heard about millenials (from journalists who are not millenials) actually true?

The point is that out of everyone I know who has been travelling has not found themselves while they are there. You have fun, but you don't change as a person, and any problems you have will be waiting for you when you come home. I'll repeat, this does NOT mean don't go, and this definitely does not mean I don't want to see more of the world. Trust me I do. The first thing I wanted to do when I got back was plan my next trip away, just like everyone else. I am the stereotype, completely. This is just what's been swimming around my head when I see people posting photos on instagram of themselves with elephants. 

Me with an elephant #blessed

1 comment

  1. I am sure that if we are able to understand the things that you are talking about. We are sure to find ourselves in the way we want ourselves to be for living the happy life.