Posts about Travel
As the title says, as I reside in the US. I only get 14 days pto per year and would only travel when there are other holidays on the weekday. Example: 4th of july, thanksgiving, etc. On this thread it seems people travel more than 1 month and I don't know how you guys do that.
This is just a perspective I've noticed more recently, that sometimes really breaks me.
This is my third-year solo traveling, I started with a week in Europe in 2019, to 6 weeks in the States in 2021, and 10 weeks across Canada in 2022.
I met a lot of fun people, from all across the world, living in hostels.
And now I'm back to my home in Toronto.
And as I talk to people here of any generation, it's terrifyingly scary how much of a bubble they're in and the lengths they'd go to defend it.
People who have never left their hometown, and get all their social insights from Tiktok, reddit, Twitter, are extremely confident about things they have never experienced.
They take issues that bother them and escalate them to such a large point, but they haven't done any work to actually see how these issues are impacting the real world. They think that because they are older, or because they are on social media, they become the go-to for something.
As a traveler, as you meet more people, most of whom are open-minded, you slowly realize that we all have our struggles and we all want the same things. Its rare to have your struggles overlap with someone else, and its irrational to except others to care about your issues to the level you do.
Lets take cultural appropriation, which is a pretty serious topic of contention here in North America. Now, I grew up in India, where a concept like this was never really addressed. We have many different cultures in India, and I saw them shared across the country.
If you're a North Indian, going to a South Indian wedding, it wasn't considered a crime to dress up in their culture. Something like that wasn't even thought of, because there are bigger things to worry about than who is dressing up as whom.
In North America (Canada and US), its seen from such a negative viewpoint. Now obviously, there are examples of some racists who just want to make a mockery of cultures. Those are exceptions.
But for the most part, I feel like I would want to embody parts of a culture as I learn about it, and come from a place of respect.
But you can't expect me to instantly know about all this, because I come from a place where this wasn't ever discussed.
Expecting someone to care about what you care about is ridiculous. Solo Travel showed me that - people have been raised and go through different lifes. And sometimes thee issues you're passionate about, are just not going to be reciprocated with other, and you learn to accept it and move on.
But then, you interact with others in your hometown, who don't have this notion of acceptance. For them, its like, "if you don't support what I'm supporting, then you're a piece of shit."
And I just feel like a lot of times, the loudest voices are from those who don't travel, because they feel they need to be heard. But they don't have the exposure or experience that makes their viewpoint worth considering, because the world at large is not on the same page with them.
I hope I made sense here, and I was wondering if other solo travellers feel that too. With all kinds of ideas that you learnt on your journey, that were not really accepted when you came back, because you are around people who don't have that sense of perspective.
I think Rick Steves has done a lot for getting people out of their comfort zones and seeing the world, but the recommendation of nylon tear-away cargo pants, sturdy boots, multi pocketed hiking shirts, and Saharan sun hats for hanging around a European capital drinking coffee and seeing museums always seemed a bit over the top.
You do you, of course, but I always felt most comfortable blending in more and wearing normal clothes unless I’m hitting the mountains.
I live in the US but it seems like solo travel in the US is expensive to me?
First, you mostly need to have your own car/ rent to go anywhere. If you are driving with a group of friends it will cost less since you can split the car rent and gas. Second, you have to tip if you dine in (minimum 20%). Third, Hostels are not popular in the US.
I've only been to Italy and Mexico City but the public transport felt way superior and I felt safer walking around than walking in the US.
I might be wrong but if you have any suggestion/stories please let me know. Thanks
I'm 31, own a property that's rented out and have saved up a considerable amount of money. I work in the trades and always feel like I'm missing out on job opportunities when they come up so I feel like I'm always working. When I'm not working (was laid off yesterday) I feel so utterly lost it's depressing. I write all these notes and plans down to travel somewhere but end up falling back into the routine that I feel like I crave.. getting up at the same time, eating clean, gym routine etc. I know I'm missing out on life by being a tax paying robot but I can't seem to get comfortable outside of it.
Any advice here besides just pulling the trigger on something? I have time and money available I just need the right headspace I think...