All the expats you meet in Southeast Asia have a weird obsession with vacation, travel, seeing new places, and eating exotic non-white people food. They literally describe this bizarre ritual as a hobby to their equally bizarre friends in some weird socialization activity where everyone one ups each other with travel stories.
They remind me of every conversation I’ve had with a vegan, or a pilot…
Travel isn’t a hobby. Eating food isn’t a hobby. Wandering from 3rd world country to 3rd world country sure as fuck isn’t a hobby – that’s more like a prison sentence. Anyone that has wandered a third world country for an extended period of time, that includes yours truly, can testify to that.
Hobbies require skill – stuff like writing, auto mechanics, and art.
In my old age, jk I’m 26, I’ve come to the realization that travel and nomad stuff is vastly, vastly overrated.
Simply put, everyone that travels for fun lives a boring, mindless existence. They use travel as an attempt to fill the hole in their soul. This makes them oversell the travel experience as a sort of coping mechanism. You know what I’m talking about. People that say travel is a “life changing” experience. Seriously bro, you fly somewhere “exotic,” take some pictures, and maybe put your wee-wee in a hole.
That ain’t life changing.
Unfortunately for them, you will never find eternal happiness in our material world. You’ll simply waste time, money, and energy.
Who gave us this idea traveling would make us happy anyway?
The advertisement companies… because the travel companies paid them. In fact, people didn’t travel more than 50 miles from home up until about 100 years ago.
Note: I will admit that it is fun when you first start doing it. Perhaps I am simply jaded after doing this for 2+ years.
I Can See Everything Online
The one thing that makes travel so overrated…
You can see everything you want online.
If you want to see Notre Dame, you can go online and look at a picture of it. This isn’t 1816 where you had to take a ship across the Atlantic to see it.
Case in point, I haven’t visited the Cu Chi tunnels in my 2 years in Saigon, even though it’s an hour away. Who really cares about seeing some holes in the ground that were dug like 30 years ago…
I can already here the screams, “bUt PiCtUrEs aReN’t tHe SaMe'”
Sorry kiddo, you ain’t experiencing the beauty of Notre Dame. You go there, take a picture, put it on Instagram, pretend to admire the architecture for 5 seconds, and then walk away.
That’s one expensive picture.
We can prove this, too. How many people go to a famous landmark without taking a picture?
Less than 1% of people, mostly old people that can’t use a camera. So why do people even take pictures of Notre Dame?
Oh, that’s right. They do it to feed their ego, and give meaning to their meaningless life.
Guilty as charged on that one. But I’ve realized my mistakes. I don’t take pictures anymore.
Travelling Is Still Consumerism
People say they don’t want material things; they want experiences. And yeah, traveling is an experience. I guess.
However, people treat the travel experience exactly like a consumer good. They save up money to purchase the experience. Then they brag about it to whoever will listen to them in that bizarre ritual discussed earlier.
Travelling also gets marketed the same way as a consumer good.
What To Do Other Than Travel?
Exactly my fucking point. People live such meaningless lives that the only thing they can think of doing is… traveling. Or something equally useless like videogames.
I mean, come on bruh. If you can’t think of anything else to do with your time, then you aren’t thinking very hard.
To start, you can work or learn a skill. My grandpa, quite famously, never took a single vacation. He thought they were for lazy people, I guess. That was a common sentiment for blue collar guys in the 60s.
The man did live in various 3rd world countries for work, though. Strange fella.
Most American cities, and states, have so much stuff to do anyway. I seriously don’t understand the need to travel if you live in a state like Colorado, California, or Maine.
Yeah, I could see traveling if you live in a boring state like Florida or Kansas.
That about covers it. I should clarify here, there isn’t anything inherently wrong with traveling for a temporary relief, though I do think it’s stupid. I understand why people do it.
However, people that base their entire existence around traveling have some serious problems. Ironically, those same people are the douchiest people when it comes to telling you about traveling. Most of them will call you a square for not traveling.
I’d put them in the same category as vegans.