‘Tourists don’t know where they have been and travelers don’t know where they are going’. This is the reason why most hardcore travelers hate the questions that come along their way. They travel to enjoy the sense of freedom and to be in a place mentally that is far away from reality, and so they feel they are not answerable to some practical questions that non-travellers ask them out of curiosity!
Here are some questions that all long-term travelers hate:
1) Don’t you have a ‘real’ job?
Now, most long-term travelers are full-time travel bloggers or photographers and these are the people who get offended when asked whether they would ever be doing a real job! ‘A job isn’t just a job, its who you are’- this is the mindset of long-term travelers. Most people have faith in ‘conventional’ 9 to 5 jobs and are amused at the lifestyle of travelers ( some are even jealous because they know they are crazy about traveling, they are not that gutsy enough to think out-of-the-box and come out of the go-to-office-come-back-home trap).
2) Don’t you have a family or close friends?
Of course, travellers are also social animals and surely have family and friends. However, they have the traveling gene in their body that makes them restless! For them, traveling is one of the top priorities just like family is. They need travel to survive, but sometimes they might wonder if they are being selfish by fulfilling their dreams. Whenever someone asks them this question, it brings all their insecurities to the surface and might leave them feeling uneasy.
3) When are you going to settle and start a family of your own?
This is a question from which most travelers run away! If they start thinking about what would be the answer to this dreadful question, they find themselves in the complete dilemma! Travelers are mostly happy-go-lucky kind of people and take life as it comes. They seldom do planning’s for long-term stuff. Obviously, they want to get married to their girlfriends or a girl who is still a friend, but deep down they know they can never give up traveling for the love interest. Most of them take a time to find a suitable companion(who also has the traveling gene perhaps!) No wonder, they hate this question so much.
4 ) Till what age will you continue traveling?
Age is just a number for long term travelers. Nothing can suppress their crazy for traveling – not even biological obstacles like age. Such questions get them pissed off. He is always under the impression that he would travel until death does him apart from his first love (traveling of course!)
5) Which is your ultimate destination?
A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving. For him, the journey matters more than the destination in most cases. So he might be blank if you ask him which is his ultimate destination. There is no full stop for him, it goes on and on.
6) Are not you worried if you get attacked?
Good travelers follow the saying ‘Prevention is better than cure’. They carry every possible safety measures starting from 1st aid box to credit cards in the inside pocket of their trousers. They are cautious mostly, however, inevitable circumstances might arise and travelers are ready to face-it-all. They are mostly warriors from within and will never worry about petty thefts or misbehavior that might come along their way. They think whether good or bad, its all part and parcel of life.
7 Don’t you ever get lonely?
Loneliness is a passing phase; never constant. In fact, they dislike constancy. Even if they miss their family and friends, they do a brilliant job of hiding it.They are on a different mission(deadly mission with the happy ending, travelers they like to believe it!)So don’t put them off guard by asking such questions.
So, think twice before putting any random questions before travelers. Remember, they are also humans, just a little crazier than us!