Halong Bay.It is said that travelling is hard. If that is so then traveling with other people is even harder. In travel, everything about a person seems to come out of their deep recesses and flows up to the surface. Therefore, you must really love your travel companion. I have always found it extremely difficult [...]
It is said that travelling is hard. If that is so then traveling with other people is even harder. In travel, everything about a person seems to come out of their deep recesses and flows up to the surface. Therefore, you must really love your travel companion. I have always found it extremely difficult to travel with other people. I know that I am mainly the problem. I have an undilutable idea of travel that is very difficult for me to alter to accommodate another person who does not approach travel in a similar way. After eight years of near continuous roving I also know that I am set in my ways. I do not know if I am even able to to speak of my idea of travelling….it is almost impossible to put it into words. It is just an essence, a spark, a romance for the Open Road that makes up the bones and bearing of a traveller. Some people have it, others do not. I do not think that either way is any better than the other. But I think that I confuse my friends who try to travel with me who have lives exterior to travel. I think that I let them down a little. I have fun when I travel, but I do not travel for fun. I find that I do not really care very much about “seeing sights” or “doing” anything. I hate tours and I do not want to be shown anything. I want to find; I want to discover for myself- this is the great affair of the Wanderlust. As the old Zen adage goes, “what comes in through the front gate is not family treasure.” I roam the planet just to walk, think, joke and be free. For me travel is a process. It no longer matters very much to me what country I am in or where I am going; the process is always the same. When friends meet up with me on the road I find this very hard to explain, so I do not often try. I just suck it up as much as I can and enjoy doing things that I normally would not do on my own, as I know that they will soon be going home and that I will ultimately look back on the times with fond memories.
A tourist travels to arrive. A traveller never arrives.
About the Author: VBJ
I am the founder and editor of Vagabond Journey. I’ve been traveling the world since 1999, through 90 countries. I am the author of the book, Ghost Cities of China and have written for The Guardian, Forbes, Bloomberg, The Diplomat, the South China Morning Post, and other publications. VBJ has written 3679 posts on Vagabond Journey. Contact the author.
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October 2, 2009, 11:12 am
I love the way you think of travel, Wade
September 21, 2011, 12:52 am
Man, Vietnam is a tough country. I traveled up the coast from Ho Chi Mihn City (Saigon) to Hanoi and rarely escaped the incessant hordes of touts and scammers. As hard as it is to escape the tourist trail in such a narrow country, it is truly amazing once you find your way off. I’ve never had such amazing seafood, and the beer keeps getting cheaper the farther you get from the motorcycle touts.
I just found your website while looking for current info on Haiti. I am making my way through all of your blog posts from 2002 to the present. I love dicking around our wonderful planet and would love having a beer and a chat if the opportunity ever arises.
The perpetual travel concept grabbed me by the “grabables” several years ago, but I still haven’t figured out how to make it happen properly. I am a firm subscriber to the arbitrage idea of making US dollars in a country where US dollars go far.
I am happily unemployed right now and intend to make my way through the rest of your blog posts over the next couple of days. This means that you can expect a few more posts from me related to perpetual travel.
Best of luck to you. I have definitely been living vicariously through your posts over the last couple of days.
January 30, 2013, 9:17 pm
“Vietnam is the only country in the world that I can say that I do not like being in.” : It is very sad to hear so. I am Vietnamese.
January 30, 2013, 9:50 pm
@mocnhan It’s my impression that the country is extremely different for foreign visitors than locals. You just feel like you have a big target on you all the time. Now, a lot of other countries are like this, but I’ve not experienced it to the same extreme.
- January 30, 2013, 9:50 pm
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