The Non-Travelling Backpacker

The Non-Travelling Backpacker

I’ve been in Australia for over 4 months and I cannot tell you how many times I’ve been asked where I’ve been and where I’m going. When I say nowhere and nowhere, people jump in with suggestions of where I have to go, saying I’d enjoy it,┬ábut to be honest, I’m not the travelling type.

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I’ve never wanted to live out of a backpack, and I didn’t want to go to SE Asia after looking at the brochures. When I decided that I needed a change, Asia didn’t give me butterflies. Sydney did. The thought of starting a new life brought light back into my dull one. But not the thought of seeing all these different things.

I just wanted to create a new life.

I hate hostels. With a passion. I spent about a month in Jolly Swagman and I had never been so happy to leave. Sharing a room with 3 other people (not many compared to other hostels!) and having to share the kitchen with 50 other people stressed me out. I rarely slept, and I lived on pizza and takeaway because I couldn’t face cooking in that kitchen.

I’m not sure they have a name for what I am, but I’m a slow traveller if I’m a traveller. Like sloth-slow.

I’d rather create a new life, fully immerse myself in a new way of living, creating new routines. I don’t want to wake up and think “ok, now I’m going to jump on a plane to see Switzerland. Next week, I’ll be in Italy, the week after Hawaii.” I don’t like living fast, even though I’m one of the most impatient people you’ll meet.

The thing that triggered this post was a colleague saying that she was moving to Brisbane. She said that when I go travelling, I can stay with her. Which is really sweet, but it’s getting annoying that people aren’t listening to me when I say I don’t want to travel.

I know they mean well, but if someone says they don’t want to travel, please stop offering suggestions. It sounds like they’ve already made up their mind.

9 Comments

  1. 21/10/2018 / 1:38 pm

    I’m the type who hates sharing bathroom with others so if I could I’d stay away from hostel lol. And I travel really slow because I want to enjoy the place and just spend time blessing my eyes with beautiful scenery for hours. Some of my friends didn’t get it but everyone is different anyway.

  2. 20/06/2018 / 6:14 pm

    I think it sounds lovely to want to immerse yourself in one location, and to do so too! I bet it does get frustrating with everyone assuming just because you’ve moved to a new location that you’re going to hop to the next but just do you and stay true to your passions and goals!

    Issy | MissIsGoode
    xx

    • tralisty
      Author
      23/06/2018 / 8:43 pm

      It was really frustrating, especially when people would shove ideas down your throat. I even booked a ticket to Melbourne because I felt pressured to travel. Luckily, it wasn’t a lot of money wasted, but I wish I’d stuck to my guns!

      N xo

  3. babalandia@hotmail.com
    11/07/2017 / 8:52 pm

    Totally agree! I rather spend more time in few places than rush around to get to know everything. I’m also want to live to the fullest, maybe one day I go to Australia.

    • naomiproudman@hotmail.co.uk
      12/07/2017 / 4:20 am

      Australia is beautiful, the life here is just something you can’t get anywhere else. If your heart truly wants to travel, then go. It’ll be an amazing experience.

  4. babalandia@hotmail.com
    11/07/2017 / 8:52 pm

    Totally agree! I rather spend more time in few places than rush around to get to know everything. I’m also want to live to the fullest, maybe one day I go to Australia.

    • naomiproudman@hotmail.co.uk
      12/07/2017 / 4:20 am

      Australia is beautiful, the life here is just something you can’t get anywhere else. If your heart truly wants to travel, then go. It’ll be an amazing experience.

  5. babalandia@hotmail.com
    11/07/2017 / 8:52 pm

    Totally agree! I rather spend more time in few places than rush around to get to know everything. I’m also want to live to the fullest, maybe one day I go to Australia.

    • naomiproudman@hotmail.co.uk
      12/07/2017 / 4:20 am

      Australia is beautiful, the life here is just something you can’t get anywhere else. If your heart truly wants to travel, then go. It’ll be an amazing experience.

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