Have you every got this question? You’re a traveler or intersted in traveling and are talking to someone about traveling somewhere other than a resort. Or, are just interested in an off-the-beaten-path spot. You will get this question. It’s not this questioners fault. Endless booze, food and beach (while great at times) is their version of travel (though it`s actually a vacation) and that’s ok. Never turn your nose up and gaff at people who only do this or who go on cruises every year. Your needs and ideas are just different.
They cannot understand what drives you to seek out the odd, dive in to the unique or have the best experiences in what they would consider an uninteresting place. You announce your upcoming destination and they respond with a perplexing look. “Why are you going there?” or “What are you going there for”
Your response can be a plethora of answers from sarcastic or cheeky to grandiose and interesting. But really, I don’t think our destinations need justification. I went to Panama because my flight was $320 total. How about, just seeing the world. Going somewhere new or simply, satisfying an urge that life is about more than work and money.
But here is the truth as far as I’m concerned. I don’t always have a reason for going somewhere. Sometimes, I just want to go. The thrill of getting there. The challenge of the unknown. The fun of hearing a totally new language. Purely for seeing a difference landscape and getting to know a new side of mother nature.
The world is a dangerous place. I haven’t spoke to one traveler who agrees with it. To me, that statement is dangerous. And it’s usually the individuals who’ve stayed home their whole lives who say it. It fosters prejudice and closed mindedness. Don’t blame the world.
Here are a couple of responses I use:
|Q: What’s in _____ ? (e.g. What’s in Russia?)||A: Russians|
|Q: Why are you going there?||A: Because I’ve been here, before.|
|Q: What are you going there for?||A: To join the circus. (+ serious look for greater effect)|
|Q: Isn’t it dangerous there?||A: VERY! Good thing they give tourists weapons for entering the country.|
|Q: Why don’t you just go to a resort/on a cruise?||A: Why would I do that? / I can’t afford it.|
|Q: Why do you go to all these crazy places?||A: Because they`re the only places I fit in!|
I guess my angle is a little more on the sarcastic side. However you choose to handle these questions the way you want. Just remember not to take it personally. Even though it is personal, it’s your self directed interests that point your compass in a certain direction. But the people who question your choices simply do not understand. But, when you return, they will be one of the first to ask how it was. Armed with great stories and experiences be sure to watch the expression of envy grow on their face.