Am I a good enough traveler? If you’ve ever asked yourself that question, I have a simple answer.
Yes, you are.
I know travel may seem like a competition with everyone posting their latest travel photos on Instagram. But, travel is not about how many places you’ve been or how many things you have off your bucket list. In fact, travel is not about numbers at all.
I see many people saying: “I visited 25 countries in 1 year.” Or, “You haven’t been there yet? I was there when I was 12.” Once again, travel is not a competition. However many countries you have visited or unique experiences that you had. For me, travel is about exploration, acceptance, and curiosity. It’s about how open you want to be to other cultures, customs, and people. It’s about the world that we live in. Any time you ask yourself what other people think about your travel habits, read this:
You are a traveler, whether you choose to stay in a hotel or a tent.
You are a traveler, whether you carry a suitcase or a backpack.
You are a traveler, whether you see the tourist attractions or go off the beaten path.
You are a traveler, whether or not you have been outside of your country.
You are a traveler, whether or not you’ve “traveled” this year.
Being a traveler is great, because you can be one wherever and whoever you are.
Are you good enough?
The only way you can be a bad traveler in my book is if you belittle other traditions or laugh at other customs. Keep your eyes open for new adventures wherever you are and travel more – in your neighborhood, in your city, or around the world.
I’d love to hear what you think about traveling. Let me know in the comments below!