If there is one thing we have mastered as a home-educating multicultural, expat, mixed (and a lot more adjectives we could not think of right now!) family of five is that every individual is unique. UNIQUE. ONE-OF-A-KIND. ORIGINAL.
All mass produced goodies are cheap and low quality. Thought bubble – Made in China in bulk! Education should not be mass produced, love cards and love emails should never be copied and pasted. With this similar principle, travel plans should not be made in bulk. Simply because…. we are all different! Different shades, unique fingerprints, different tastes, unique brain synapses, different agenda.
As a family traveler, we are not fond of arranged tours. We like to customize our travel plans based on our specific travel goals for the family. Satisfying all five family members at one travel location is not only difficult, but close to impossible. Yet we prefer it because, we have kids! Kids who we want to be decisive for themselves and not go to join the lot. And also because it’s way cheaper! We own our time, toilet breaks and transportation mode. Perfect for a semi-introvert family!
What we miss though, on not joining tours, are the variety of travelers we meet. The solo traveler, the history buff, the been-to-all-you-guys-should-go-there-traveler, the I-can-never-travel-with kids traveler, cheapo-traveler, classy traveler, check-in-facebook-asap traveler, among others.
There are other groups of people, though. The non-travelers. Those who seek the comfort and solitude of home, who get satisfaction from home-cooked meals, who think traveling is a waste of time and money, and those who think exploring Google Earth is the same as traveling.
We respect those people. They know what they do NOT want and focus on what they DO want.
The saddest part of people not wanting to travel, is when they do travel because the blogs, the Facebook posts, the chats focus on having a travel bucket-list or travel goals and they are convinced that they have to have the list, too. Otherwise, they won’t be living their life too the fullest. It’s always sad to conform to society’s expectations against one’s own.
We are all unique. Traveling choices are unique to individual.
It’s okay not to have the desire to travel. It’s okay not to travel. It’s okay not to have any wanderlust.
And of course, similarly, it’s okay to have loads of wanderlust. It’s okay to want to travel. It’s okay to want to travel a lot. It’s perfectly okay to breathe travel.
Our choices. Our goals to live by.