Dazzling streets, splendid mountains and beaches, exotic and extremely delicious looking cuisines, and a host who looks immensely excited and contented with what they are doing and proclaiming that they can and want to do it for the rest of their life.
Traveling indeed is one of the most desirable and sought-after professions across the globe. People dream of getting a job that can pay them for traveling. Most of the travel blogs, social media handles, and youtube channels in this domain have this same basic motive behind their inception.
But is it really that fulfilling and exciting? what it seems or projected by the so-called travel influencers?
After traveling to almost 25 (states and UT) of India, I can surely vouch for the fact that, NO, it is not!
The charm of Traveling when you feel like doing, and doing it almost all the time is completely different.
There will be times when you are stuck at home and badly wants an escape from the hustle-bustle of the chaotic life. And at that point in time, traveling feels like attaining an epiphany. you enjoy every second of it, even the discomfort which comes along with it.
But when you travel non-stop and there is no stopping then no matter how passionate you are, you are bound to get bored. This is basic human nature.
If you are doing the same thing over and over again for years, it will become monotonous, even a thrilling and fascinating field like travel.
If you really want to avoid monotony then you have to sprinkle a bit of everything, travel, family, friends, self-awareness, love, education, knowledge, almost everything which seems important to you in life.
Traveling for fun and traveling for the job is way different
When we see some people posting and proclaiming on social media that how they are proud of making a career out of traveling and not even a day seems like working.
But only if they can speak their mind.
Because, the moment something becomes a job and you are responsible for all the deadlines, quality of work, the value of money, paying bills, and future assignment prospects.
When all these factors come into the picture, then you no longer think about having a time of your life at that particular place no matter how surreal it is. But rather you keep thinking about how you can extract as much information or content out of this place as possible so you can be rewarded or appreciated for the work.
This severely sabotages the experience you are going to have at a particular location.
It’s all about engagement
On social media, it “was/is/will” always about engagement.
Finding a writer or content creator who writes what they have actually experienced and felt about a place, is very rare.
For the majority of them, it’s all the numbers game. How many visitors or engagement per “day/week/month/year”?
Again if they will tell you the truth outrightly, the growth they have expected for themselves over the years won’t be achieved.
Traveling can be boring sometimes
After traveling extensively across India, I can certainly tell you that, not all the time, you will feel delighted while traveling.
Sometimes, traveling will feel like a burden, and going home right away will be your ultimate desire.
This could happen due to several reasons. Maybe the place you have selected is not good enough, maybe the bookings you had made got canceled at the last minute. Maybe you are not feeling well from inside. Maybe you over expected from a place.
But this is the reality, I believe, no influencer will ever tell you.
Traveling for free is a myth
Nothing is free in this world.
When you see influencers proclaiming that they travel for free. It’s because either they are selling travel-related products or advertise which will get them incentives or they earn through the various engagement metrics on social media (and there is nothing unethical about it).
But you travel to the very same place, you end up paying a lot more than what you thought you would. It’s because traveling seemingly requires money.
You can cut down the expenses for sure and make it a budget traveling. But that also would be nowhere close to traveling for free.
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