And yet another travel post pops up on my feed, 'To travel is to live'. But is it really?
When Ranbir Kapoor said, "Main udna chahta hoon, daudna chahta hoon, girna bhi chahta hoon….bus rukhna nahin chahta", all millennials took a vow that their current job sucks and traveling the world is the solution to all their problems. Traveling posts (not surprisingly by travel companies) propagate that aimless traveling is a cure for the mind and a worthy alternative to the steady job you have. But with the tourism industry contributing to a tenth of the world's carbon emissions, we really need to question this new found obsession with living a life well-traveled.
During my Semester exchange in Germany, I backpacked across 11 European countries in 4 months, living a life that any millennial would kill for. As Pitbull said, "I've been to countries and cities I can't pronounce And the places on the globe I didn't know existed." (P.S. Did you sing that too?)
Catching a low-cost bus at an odd hour, sitting in a congested flight seat that almost breaks your back or begging a hotel that won't let you check-in early after the tiring journey you've had, isn't always fun. So after a week of traveling, I was happy to come back to the place I called home.
Don't get me wrong, traveling is fun and I will do it again. But did it give me life-altering solutions? Not at all! Running out of pages on your passport and those perfectly filtered pictures won't solve your problems (or pay the bills). So to anyone out there who doesn't have a passion for traveling or who doesn't mind the stability of living in one city, there is nothing wrong with you!