Travelling, a sign of discontent?

China Huangshan steps

Think twice before you go

If you find yourself board a plane to different countries every 2 months, chances are, there is something wrong with your life. There is also a high chance that You, the lover of culture, natural scenery and adventure, is actually more unhappy than your friends who don’t travel as much.

You may be unhappy with:

1. Your relationship, or the lack thereof. If you take a look around you, it’s your single friends to go travelling for long periods of time. What better way chase away loneliness than to escape to beautiful rivers, mountains, or hot Latino chicks?

2. Your job. Your job takes up 80%of your time. Chances are, if you are unhappy, it’s got to be with your job. I am not saying that it’s an entire factor, but it could be a contributing one.

3. You lack a purpose in life. You can’t make sense of your current situation and that is why you have to board a plane to search for greener pastures. Your own country, your friends, your co-workers and everything around you sadly doesn’t fulfill your Maslow Hierarchy of needs. In fact, the further and more dangerous places you go shows that you are in dire need of some self actualization.

4. You are uncomfortable with who you are. Travelling seems to be cool quite days. What better topics to introduce in a conversation than talk about places your visited, hang out and strange foreign people you meet? It turns any mediocre person into a seemingly daring, brave and adventurous person. These are the traits you value and want people to think of you as such.

5. You have a problem you can’t solve. And it’s a serious problem. If you are aware you have a problem, chances are you Think that a new environment is good for you to clear your mind and think of solutions. Travelling could actually be just a form of escapism. If you are unaware of the problem, (it’s really bad). You are trying to escape from something you don’t even know exist.

6. You are sexually deprived. (I know this does nothing for my credibility, but I will still have to add this in.) Logically speaking, people have a higher chance of having one night stands when they are travelling and you are on The Hunt.

I do have a caveat here. Travelling doesn’t mean those 4 day 3 night trips to Bangkok with your friends or family. When I mean travelling, I mean taking long trips – a few months or weeks and to faraway places which are vastly different from your current environment.

My point is, so what if you have a fantastic travel resume. It doesn’t make you any more special than your friend who doesn’t travel as much. And for those who don’t see the need to travel as much, this could be a telling sign that you are contented and happy with your life.

Before you go on that next long trip, think again. Why do you want to go? Chances are, it’s got nothing to do with the destination you intend to go.


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