Let’s Be Adventurers

It’s 100 days till I embark on my European adventure and I’ve finally locked everything in! For this trip, I decided not to go with a travel agent and plan and book it myself. As time-consuming as it was, I’ve loved surfing the internet for the best deals and researching the countries I want to visit. Travel agents can tend to recommend the tourist options, which are good, however I want to discover the hidden gems.

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My mind has been occupied with all things travel lately and when I stumbled upon a blog post ‘Don’t Date A Girl Who Travels’, I was a little taken aback. This article hit a nerve with me and it seems the rest of the world too. It’s been shared across the globe and translated into 20 different languages. As humorous as some parts were, I did disagree with a lot of the things written.

“Don’t date a girl who travels. She is hard to please. The usual dinner-movie date at the mall will suck the life out of her.. Chances are, she can’t hold a steady job. Or she’s probably daydreaming about quitting”.

Being a girl who loves to travel, I think dinner and a movie is a perfect date and I like to think that it’s because of my adventures around the world that I prefer the simple things.

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However, that’s really not what’s important. It’s not about where you are taken on a date; it’s about whom you are spending it with. If I like the person, then it doesn’t matter where we go. I’ll be enjoying their company and getting to know them better.

I have a steady job that I love with no plans of quitting. In fact, I can see myself having a great future where I am currently working and that excites me! Yes, any chance I get I’ll be hopping on a plane and every year I hope to visit new destinations, however I am still career focused.

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Maybe there are female travellers that are similar to the ones written in this article, but I don’t think it’s fair to stereotype all female travellers this way. I was very pleased to find that another blogger posted ‘Date A Girl Who Travels’.

My crazy calendar and reminiscing on last year’s Europe trip have helped me discover an important realisation lately. We are all riding on our own roller coasters; some a little wilder than others. The question that got me thinking is who have we chosen to sit next to, to experience the fear and excitement. It’s important to select carefully as this person can contribute to making our ride one to remember.

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You might end up wishing you never got on the roller coaster in the first place or you might choose to ride with them forever. I hope that whoever you have selected brings smiles, happiness, joy and lots of love to your wild and precious life.

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Date A Girl Who Travels

She is the one with the sun-kissed skin and lightly scattered freckles. A sense of wellness radiates around her, paired with plump healthy skin and a twinkle in her eye.

She is less materialistic. She doesn’t dote on possessions but rather treasured experiences. Expensive presents are unnecessary; rather give her photographs she can have with her at all times. She can see those that live with less, recognise the small fortunes of happiness.

Date a girl who travels for somewhere is always home. She values her time there and relishes hearing about normalcy even if it’s not long before her feet start to itch again. She is proud of her hometown for it is a new city for someone else to explore.

She is the hardest working woman you will know. She will most likely hold down two or three jobs to fund her adventures. Not to mention an entrepreneur turning her travels into an income source. She is smart and knows that these days many employees find international travel favourable in future candidates.

Date a girl who travels for you will always be pleasantly surprised. She navigates unknown cities with a great sense of direction but also enjoys the spontaneity of getting lost.

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After many missed flights, wrong turns, delays, bad street food and bad restrooms to deposit said food, she is easy-going and adaptable. She is prepared for bumps in the road literally and metaphorically. Life throws curve balls and she smacks them right out of the park.

Date a girl who travels because she is supportive and understanding. She is conscious you may not ever be as travel orientated as her but she will always be fun, take what life has to offer and help you do the same. As a bonus she will put up with snoring and farting because she has shared a 20-bunk hostel room.

Date a girl who travels as she engages with worldly company learning the history, culture and behaviours of societies, which is sure to impress the parents. She is used to befriending strangers, thriving at conversation. She will always be open to meeting new people and impress at your work social engagements.

She is independent, smart and strong. She will always be self-sufficient; never needy. She doesn’t believe in stage five clingers. She knows the rewards of good budgets and saving her money. She learns the ins and outs of how people live and has the kind of street smarts that will spot the sketchy looking guy a mile away before he pulls a “distract and go” scam.

Next time join her. Travel bonds you.

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