Holiday or Travel?

Your flights are booked, your bags are packed, and you’re counting down the hours until you can leave the office for the last time before heading overseas for your well-earned break. But how are you framing your journey? Is it a holiday – escaping the drudgery of the daily grind and rewarding yourself for not murdering your co-workers for another year; or is it travel – experiencing new places and cultures with or without a relaxing aspect?

IT’S ABOUT PERSPECTIVE

My mindset going into any trip is vital to ensure I make the most of it. If I frame backpacking through South East Asia as a “holiday”, chances are I’ll be disproportionately affected by any of the normal stresses and hassles that backpacking entails. In my eyes holidays should be an enjoyable break from the office – a chance to recharge my batteries and tackle whatever gets thrown at me when I get back home. when I’m “on holiday” I instinctively want everything to go smoothly – any undue stresses will take away from the rest of the trip.

If I took the same SE Asian backpacking trip and framed it as “travel” my mindset instantly changes. Travelling to me involves learning about the world and about myself. It is about experiences – both good and bad. If I’m stuck in the middle of nowhere and I discover the bus I intended to catch doesn’t exist I will be a bit stressed, but if I’m “travelling” I can take it in my stride much better than if I’m “holidaying”.

I guess what I’m saying is that you shouldn’t always expect a stress-free journey. This is especially true for budget travellers – don’t go to Latin America with a backpack and $1500 in your pocket and expect a relaxing time, all the time.

IF YOU START YOUR JOURNEY CONSCIOUS THAT YOU NEED TO TAKE THE GOOD WITH THE BAD, YOU’LL COME HOME HAPPIER AND HAVE A BETTER TIME ON THE ROAD.

What are your views on travelling mindset? Am I over-thinking things and spouting forth pseudo-psychology, or do you find framing your journeys helps? I’m interested to hear of other opinions.

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