Am I a Lazy Traveller?
If you asked me whether I’m a lazy person the answer would probably be yes. I’ve always seen work as a bit of an inconvenience and my life’s goal is to find a way to pretty much not work. At the moment I’m working hard (if you can call teaching around 22 hours a week hard) to save enough to travel for around 3 years and sometimes people ask me why. I usually give the same answer: it’s a socially acceptable way to not have a job. If I stayed in New Zealand for 3 years and just sat around and watched TV people would abuse me for it, but since I’m travelling I’m suddenly doing something worthwhile and respectable. Of course that isn’t the only reason I want to travel, in fact it’s pretty far down the list, but not working for 3 years really does excite me.
I should probably come up with a better answer for that “Why do you travel?” question. I’ve read a few interviews with bloggers and most of them state that they travel to meet people, learn about new cultures and become a better person. These are all admirable answers, and mine looks pretty unfashionable next to them, but is it just the company line? I like all the culture, the new people, the food and the adventure, but what I love most is the freedom, the feeling I can do whatever I want, even if that means watching almost a whole series of Game of Thrones back to back while on a beautiful island in Cambodia.
So, what am I like when I’m on the road? Well you will have seen that I’ve done 3 posts (and another couple planned) about the best places to relax in Southeast Asia, so that should give you a bit of a clue. I do like to do things and am usually pretty active, but sometimes I just like to find a nice guesthouse, get a few movies ready on the laptop and chill out for a few days. I was in Saigon for a week and after a couple of months in Malaysia and the Philippines, staying in very basic guesthouses, I was so excited to finally have Wi-Fi, cable TV and aircon that I did almost nothing for the whole time I was there. I did go on a few excursions, but I could have done a lot more and I didn’t socialise too much either, as I just wanted some time to myself.
I guess I’m kind of an introvert, which people may mistake for laziness. I’m not always up for socialising and being around other people, I really need that alone time. For every 3 or 4 days spent in full-time company I usually need 1 for myself, which I think is reasonable! I think my kind of personality is perfect for solo travel as I’m equally at home with people or by myself.
So then, am I a lazy traveller? The all action traveller with an overflowing itinerary might think so, but I think I have the perfect balance. For me, travel should be about doing what you want, not what you feel you should do. Sure, I want to learn, to meet people and maybe even grow as a person (actually that one’s not true, as personal growth usually equals insufferable smugness), but most of all I want to be free (and not work)!
What are you like when you are on the road? Are you a lazy traveller as well? Let me know!
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