Five Myths About People Who Travel

What are some of the myths and misconceptions associated with people who travel or have an urge to travel? Are they wealthy, extroverts, or show-offs? Let’s discuss.

Myth 1: All travelers are rich

This is probably the biggest myth ever. While there are very wealthy travelers, this is not the case for everyone. Just because someone travels fairly often does not mean they have foreign accounts and trust funds splashed across all the continents of the world. Keep in mind that people spend their money on what they consider valuable to them so judging someone’s spending pattern solely based on yours is not a very good way of looking at things.

People spend their money on what they consider valuable to them

Myth 2: All travelers are extroverts

To assume that all travelers are extroverts is simply just generalizing. Stop, we are not all extroverts. I understand that traveling is quite an extroverted activity- going out, meeting people, blending in, and seeking adventure but that is not always the case. I consider myself an introvert (well, for the most part.) and I always laugh when I get back from my travels and someone invites me to a party and I say I am not feeling like it and they are confused because I love traveling and “going out”. Partying and Traveling are not quite the same thing and I just wish people will understand this.

Partying and traveling are not quite the same thing

Myth 3: All travelers are story tellers

Not all travelers are story tellers. I do not typically relive my travel experiences by talking about it to people, face to face.Thankfully I have a blog now that allows me to share for the love of writing but I do not always talk about it. I think a lot of people find that weird. You get back and they expect you to give them a detailed recap of your experiences, not always the case. I just might but I am sorry, that is an expectation I cannot always live up to. Most times, I relive my experiences through looking back at pictures and all the untold stories in my head not by speaking about it to other people. Do you understand?

I do not typically relive my experiences by sharing it with people.

Myth 4: Travelers are insightful, all the time

Let me be honest, if you are traveling a certain way, there are major eye openers and lessons that can be picked up. It can teach you so many things you probably wouldn’t have learned otherwise so I definitely understand the expectation being there. It’s just funny how people meet me and expect that I am always spitting wisdom, dropping deep quotes, discussing global insights. Hello? Just because I have gone and stared at the Eiffel Tower for five minutes does not mean I now have a solution to world peace. Can I please catch a break here? Please?

Just because I have gone and stared at the Eiffel Tower for five minutes does not mean I now have a solution to world peace.

Myth 5: Travelers are show-offs

This one I find a bit funny. People share all sorts on their Social Media and at the end of the day, it is a small reflection of their lives and interests. Let’s all be happy and share what we want, okay? If you can share a picture of your lunch, a picture of your favorite football player or a mirror selfie about your outfit of the day, why can I not share a picture of a new city I just discovered? Why is that considered show- off? We are both sharing pictures of our daily living, our current realities, why is this so entirely different?

We are both sharing pictures of our current realities, why is this so different?

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