Don’t let anyone tell you the right way to holiday.
Because there is no right way! Some are fortunate enough (and brave enough) to take months, even years off to travel the world. Some people like to go somehwere new all the time. Others enjoy returning to the same place every year. Many like to travel with friends while some travel solo. Everyone has their reasons for the places they go and how long they decide to go for. If you enjoy yourself when you travel then that’s all that matters.
Earlier this year I was travelling South East Asia with two friends of mine from England. We had just arrived in Hanoi, Vietnam, after flying from Ho Chi Minh City. Upon entering our dorm room in the hostel we had booked, we were greeted by a few fellow travellers getting ready to go out. We exchanged the pleasantries as we squeezed past to put our bags on our beds. It was the usual hi, where have you just travelled from, where are you from, how long have you been travelling? But I was rather taken aback by one response which was,
“What? You’ve flown from Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi? But you’ve missed out so much! I feel sorry for you”.
Now I know it shouldn’t have but this comment really got to me. Up until that point I had really loved my time in Vietnam. I was well aware that we were missing out on seeing a lot of the country in between the two cities but that was my choice when I decided to plan my 5 week trip around South East Asia. The same person later criticised us for only spending 5 weeks travelling around rather than a few months.
When you have a tight time limit to travel within and you want to do as much as you can you’re obviously going to miss out on some things. It wasn’t so much what was said about missing out on the sights that bothered me. It was the fact that this person said they felt sorry for us.
But why did he feel sorry for us? How is my experience affecting you if I have enjoyed myself thus far? What makes you think that I won’t come back at a later date to see what I have missed?
I ended my 5 week trip on a high. I had travelled to 5 countries, spent about a week in each, met some amazing people, made some incredible memories and ate some delicious food. I planed my trip the way I wanted to. Everyone travels differently and we should embrace that. If you are enjoying yourself then that is all that matters because there is no right way to holiday.
How do you like to holiday? Leave a comment below! 🙂