It would be fair to say when it comes to travel I think a little bit differently than the normal traveller, nomad, backpacker, soul searcher whoever you may be. I place myself in a different category of travel; something that you may find so simply strange. Hence the name Sir Wanderlust. Throughout my many years of walking the globe, I still to this day have not come across someone parallel to myself in their vision of travel. Every traveller seems to categories themselves from the moment they leave their front door into a stereotypical group of travellers or establish themselves within this category whilst out exploring.
Lets paint the picture; You leave the house as:
- A traveller is someone who would usually travel for work or pleasure seeing those things along the way they wish to see mapping out their every move. Usually resting up in Hotels and not afraid of spending a few dollars. These are stereotypically the older generations ‘fossils’.
- A tourist is someone who walks around looking almost confused, holding an extended pole with a camera on the end taking photos of anything and everything. Usually resting up in Hotels or stay with relatives/friends. Travelling in packs of 20 plus.
- A nomadic traveller is someone who spins the globe and sees where they end up. Makes plans to not make plans. Not one to spend a lot of cash or finds it hard to dish out a large sum. Nomads usually would find other avenues to attain accommodation working for accommodation in hostels or Couch surfing. Laid back and take each day as it comes.
- A backpacker is someone who is looking for the closest bar and good times. Has saved a set amount for a wild trip jumped on the bus tours and isn’t shy of blowing a little bit of money if it means having some serious fun. “Backpacking” tends to be a trip funded by mummy and daddy.
- A soul searcher is someone who travels for love or to find love somewhere around the globe. This may be from meeting that special someone online to just taking a chance and flying to Paris, standing under the Eiffel Tower and hope she arrives and sweeps you off your feet.
I find it hard to categorise myself amongst these groups of travellers as I feel so utterly unique in my adventures. I would never identify myself as any of the above however a combination as I hold certain elements. I hold this mentality that I need to work hard, to travel harder.
I have no boundaries or limitations when I travel because I have worked and juggled a handful of jobs at the same time to get to where I am. I am not talking working a 9am-5pm – I am talking sunrise until 2,3,4am for weeks on end with little to no sleep. Sacrificing time with your family, friends and significant others. We all know in order to put our full devoted attention into something we need to sacrifice time, however for me I have always wanted to make the most of my life and this desire to travel the world trumps everything.
With my approach to travel I am happy to tuck into a cozy hostel 32 bed mixed dorm room; however when I am looking for that change I will check into a luxurious hotel. The difference between myself and nomadic travelers and backpackers is they seems to be on this extreme budget and if we get so caught up on how much we can spend each day I feel this takes away from the experiences and memories you can make. While I’m all about the couch surfing to save a few dollars, work aways or just working for accommodation for a few nights to experience something different, I never want to feel I have limitations when I travel and it all comes back to the way you wish to travel. You never need to categorise yourself amongst the stereotypical groups so go out and create something different just like I have.
Experience the world, work hard, travel harder and create your own identity.