How to Explain Your Desire to Travel to Those Who Don’t Get It

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Picture the scene: In the last three years you’ve gone traveling at least twice (to different parts of the world) and had a great time. With this in mind, you proudly announce to your family and friends that this year you’re going traveling again.

You might have thought they’d be excited for you, but the reaction you get is quite the opposite. They look at you with a confused/disapproving frown and say “Another trip!?”

Clearly, these are people who just don’t understand (or who have never been) traveling.

I have met many people who have experienced similar situations, and although it’s not necessary to have your friends and family supporting your decision to travel, it certainly does make life easier.

Obviously everyone is different and has different desires/needs, but is it possible to talk these people round so that they’re on your side again?

Amanda Kendle from has written an extensive article on this topic, and provides some interesting insights:

“Don’t expect to convert them to travel addicts – it’s possible, but more often it’s just something you’re born with – but you might be able to at least elicit a normal reaction out of them when you start arranging your next trip.”

Amanda recommends ‘emphasising the benefits’ of traveling to your friends:

  • “Excitement. Just mention that you’re a bit hard to please when it comes to something that grabs your interest, and you need to head out further afield to satisfy your adrenalin cravings.
  • Self development. Explain that travel helps you to push the boundaries in life and you hope it’ll lead to a few insights into your personality and the way forward for you.
  • Financial. Personally, I don’t care too much about the fiscal side of things, but others do: if you’re planning to work as part of a longer trip, or you can sell stories of your trip afterwards, you can make your trip sound much more logical to some by mentioning the monetary benefits.
  • Intercultural experience. There’ll be times when having deeper intercultural experiences will make you more employable, or just help you to deal with the kinds of people you meet in your everyday life at home, too.
  • Language practice. Also good for the resume.”

She also recommends explaining your motivations:

“Narrow down the passions of your friends and explain your travel bug in terms of their own favorite indulgence.

Yes, this could lead to conversations like this:

“You know that new tire on your racing bicycle? How you kept stroking the new rubber and admiring its perfect fit? That’s how I feel about this airline ticket to Papua New Guinea.”

Ultimately, you may never get your family/friends on board with your travel adventures. Most of the time, however, it’s because they’re worried for you (and for your safety) or because they simply don’t understand your motivations.

Source: Vagabondish

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