Week 23: The entitled complaints: 'The Hardest Part of Travelling'

is this 'travel' yet?

is this 'travel' yet?

This is the stereotype I think is rapidly shaping our generation: (20-30).

"The Hardest Part of Travelling that No One Talks About" discusses that the hardest part about travelling is getting back home and being different. It highlights how nobody understands you. Once you have travelled, you learn to let go of previous inhibitions. However, when you return you're distraught to find yourself not wanting the same things that you did before. You've changed. And nobody can understand that.

Nobody at home can understand you after you've travelled. You've grown. Now you are so very very special.

Everyone tries to be themselves. However, I feel as though many entitled middle class kids are blaming the wrong target. If society doesn't conform to their ideals, the topic of individuality is brought up. Society doesn't understand. The trendy 'character' of all 'unique' 16-30 year olds have been unjustified manifestos. However, more frequently these days it feels as though there is a new 'god-source' cited for any self-important character. 'Travel'.

Bragging with travel has become a new form of currency.

The article seems to have an air of elitism. It ostracises those who have not travelled and frames those who have as beyond the commoners understanding.

The following are excerpts and responses from the article:

You’re glad everyone is happy and healthy and yes, people have gotten new jobs, boyfriends, engagements, etc., but part of you is screaming don’t you understand how much I have changed?
— KD

The author compares new jobs, boyfriends, and engagements to travelling. Travel is great, yeah. But author KD screams at everyone how much they have been changed by travel. A tantrum guided by misunderstandings.

You want everyone to recognize this and you want to share and discuss it, but there’s no way to describe the way your spirit evolves when you leave everything you know behind and force yourself to use your brain in a real capacity, not on a written test in school.
— KD

This last sentence can be extrapolated to say:
"Travelling made me use my brain in a real capacity. I have escaped. I am awake. But I cannot explain it to you".
Thanks KD.

It’s like learning a foreign language that no one around you speaks so there is no way to communicate to them how you really feel.
— KD

When you learn a foreign language and return back to a 'home city', it is very likely you are not the only person who speaks the language in the city. I think it's an issue of knowing where to branch out and look for new friends. Find people who can understand your newfound 'travel language.' Just because your 5 closest friends don't speak Spanish, doesn't mean there aren't 37 million in your country who do.

Just because your current circle of friends appear to not understand travel the way you do- doesn't mean everyone in the world doesn't.

This is why once you’ve travelled for the first time all you want to do is leave again. They call it the travel bug, but really it’s the effort to return to a place where you are surrounded by people who speak the same language as you.
— KD

There is a mystique/romanticism to foreign cities. Does this mean that home doesn't have anyone else who has travelled? Yet,  other cities do?


In saying this rant, I know plenty of amazing people who 'travel' around and aren't shoving dogma down other's throats. They are absolutely lovely people.

But I feel like the whole 'travel' idea is moving to the extremities of an elitist cult.

The travel cult motto blasts at everyone "Those who have travelled are enlightened. Those who have not, will never understand."

But the sad part is once you’ve done your obligatory visits for being away for a year; you’re sitting in your childhood bedroom and realize nothing has changed.
— KD

That's one thing they got right. Nothing changed. You're still like the rest of us.


Thanks for reading ya'll! Peace!


(P.S. If you're in the travel cult and believe everyone needs to be enlightened, perhaps check out plato's cave. You'll feel good about yourself :))