The Travel Bug

We are a generation of wanderers and it’s that time of year again when young people everywhere have summer stretched before them and they’re wondering how best to fill the time. Travel? Gap year? University? Work?

I believe that everyone should see as much of the world as they can. Travelling broadens the mind, exposes other cultures and is one of the best ways to test our comfort zone. However, I’ve noticed a new craze; aimlessly travelling or destination addiction. If we act with intention our lives become more fulfilling, travelling is no exception!

I don’t dwell on the travel bug. My dream isn’t always about the place, it’s the getting there. I want to go wherever life takes me and I’m committed to being happy with wherever that may be. If it’s New York City then great, if it’s Newcastle upon Tyne, equally great! My ambition is to create my own world. I believe in travelling in my own way in my own time. I’m already on a journey; life.

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Travelling for the sake of it presents a fantastic experience but when young people constantly, excessively travel with no purpose, motive, intention or justification behind the destinations it’s akin to running away. Destination addiction is the belief that you will find happiness at the destination in which you are travelling. Excessive travelling may occur when you arrive and already start to plan the next place to travel to meaning you become incapable of enjoying the moment for what it is.

Employers are picking up on this too. Recently, Sandie Okoro, lead lawyer with HSBC Asset Management, spoke at a GDST conference and said that ‘Saturday jobs showed true grit and persistence’, more so than formulaic gap years which are increasingly popular.

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In the current economic climate it’s difficult to be 20 something and grafting in London, but there will always come a time when we need to face up to the hardships that come with life. Am I afraid of failure? Am I afraid of success? Am I afraid that no one will see the value in my work? Maybe, but fear can create opportunity. 

“The only impossible journey is the one you never begin”- Anthony Robbins.

When travelling, don’t forget to start your life! Be happy in the moment. People don’t last as long as places. Live the life you want to lead for yourself but once in a while don’t forget to ask yourself, ‘why am I doing this?’.

Sorry (for now) Thailand, London’s calling!

Leyla