Travel is life and death

Now a dramatic title like this coupled with a nice map of Easter island means either an exciting topic or a juicy piece of news. Perhaps not for you, but we find this report quite disturbing yet promising.

What is it?

It’s about how the millennial generation (in the west) have lower priority to save for a home and paying off debt (student loans or otherwise). Instead, saving to travel is of a higher priority in the sample population surveyed. Talk about asking the barber (in this case a travel company) if you need or want a hair cut…We suppose the report (cited here) needs more scrutiny on who and how they surveyed and we hadn’t the time to search and slice/dice the report. So we will take it at face value (which is really unusual for Mel).

In any case, anecdotal evidence in the form of web chatter suggests that there is a higher proportion of younger folks who yearn to push out onto a life of traveling. The plethora of blogs and instagram accounts bent in that direction could be cited as evidence. Or can it? What if, as in the recent political elections – these high profile examples are merely a vocal and highly visible yet tiny minority? Or that the sampled population in the above report had skewed in favour of those already predisposed to travel over other aspects of life?

Have we marginalized the silent majority (again) because the limelight that has been usurped from them? If you are a 20+ year old today, what would your aspirations be?

Author: Mel & Suan

Mel works his day job for a living, but lives for antiquities, history and geography at all other times. He enjoys writing and thought sharing and obviously traveling. Suan is a homey person, who like girlie stuff such as cross stitching etc. Enjoys shopping & modeling for Mel. What a match!

23 thoughts on “Travel is life and death”

  1. My aspiration is to keep moving around and live in a different country each time. It is so much more different than just travelling because I gain a lot more insights into the politics and culture of the country I live. 🙂 Then when I am ready, I will write a book about it and encourage people to do the same. I see the world in a completely different way compared to when I was still living in my hometown. I feel like living a different life each time I move. Of course, I am worried about having a job and all that but really the only thing I would save money on would be for discovering new places, ideally with the people I love.

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  2. I still feel travelling is a divided thing for people in their 20s. This is because when you’re growing up you are taught to go to school, go to university, get a job, get married and have babies.

    I’ve noticed from my peers, that 50% have gone by the rules and are ticking off these life stages ever so quickly, while the other 50% are in a sort of limbo (myself included).

    We don’t know who we really are, what we want to do in life and who our real friends are. Some have stayed in the same place trying to figure this all out, whilst others have decided to take advantage of not being tied down and catapult ourselves into new and unknown situations.

    The aspect of money for travelling 20 something does alter the experience as you don’t get to live as a local and work bloody hard to earn a pay check to pay for your next adventure, if your parents fund you to stay in hotels and all inclusive tours for your next trip.

    I feel everyone should travel, no matter what age they are. Whenever it feels right, then go for it!

    You’ll learn so much about yourself and the world around you.

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    1. Well, welcome to the story of our lives! We started out our mid 20s initially in that first 50%. Actually bought the flat…but then a gift of working outside of the country came and we gladly went. Never came back for 8 years. That’s the fodder for all of our handprint stories and the reason for our reasonable travel handprint…heheh. Now back at home working like the first 50%. No, we did not get a second property,or have a fancy car like our peers at his age, but we are happier! We’ve seen much, experienced much and have little (almost no) stress. It does take a little forward planning & thinking though. Because as one ages, one do need to prepare for the time when one cannot work for income anymore (yes it WILL come).

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      1. See you are living the life that everyone needs to; that way you’re getting the best out of both situations. Firstly, you’ll be educated, experienced in an industry and will have some assets to rely on – but also you will have seen the world, grown as a person and discovered new cultures. That’s what enriches a person I believe!

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  3. My son is 21; all he wants to do is play games (mainly online) and be a “YouTuber” and live in America. Maybe it will change. 🙂 My almost 24-year old lives is Pasadena, happily, and was quite a problem child when here in Africa for the Christmas holidays (Dec to Jan).

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  4. Very interesting post! I did the whole settle down, get a good job, save like a demon to buy a house thing but then thought is this my life for the next thirty years? I couldn’t just live for a two week holiday once a year if I was lucky anymore, so I sold up and shipped out and I have to say it’s the best decision I ever made! Granted I’m working in Thailand but I also have more time and opportunity to travel so it’s the best of both worlds!

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    1. This is the issue. In the west where societies and economies are developed, it has come to a point where the average person struggles to obtain social mobility. Whereas in Asia Pacific the development is still nascent in many places, opportunities abound to have this balance to live and work! What do you think?

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      1. Sp true, I totally agree – people definitely go looking for a more balanced lifestyle! I also think technology has played quite a major part, the world is a smaller place now in terms of connectivity so emigrating these days or longer term travelling doesn’t necessarily have the same implications it used to. The ability to be in constant touch with family and friends makes the distance far less of an issue to what I can only imagine it would have been 20 years ago.
        (I’d really like to read the article you linked to but unfortunately its blocked here in Thailand!)

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  5. My aspiration is for a more educated populace, high quality of life with an affordable budget and easier access to financial freedom for the younger generation.

    Property is unaffordable for the newer generation, inflation is on the rise, fake news is spreading like wildfire and ignorance is making us xenophobic, homophobic and sexist.

    I have a lot to be thankful for born into a middle class family with access to a lot of opportunities. But the odds are skewered in the favour of the upper mid class and plutocrats. Upward mobility is a spot everyone is fighting tooth and nail for.

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    1. Noble aspirations!
      And what you have described seems to be a global phenomenon. Perhaps that’s why some have become disillusioned. But remember, even if the odds are stacked against us, we need to continue the good fight. Never give up. Never surrender!

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  6. I agree that the younger generation are skewing into the life of travel. Although, this is mostly true for those with rich parents. For a 20-something like me who earned my life, it is somehow different. There is a part of me that wants to live a life following my passion to see the world yet another (bigger) part of me wants to smack my head into the wall to wake up in a (harsh) reality to support of family (a situation very common for Filipino families). I am trying my very best to keep a balanced life – traveling and supporting my family at the same time. In the next few years, it is going to be tougher since my husband and I plan to migrate to another country. The travel life that I so dreamed has to be put on hold to prioritize putting the jigsaw puzzle pieces together before I resume ‘enjoying’ my life and the world. It is sort of sad but sacrifices has to be made and risks have to be taken to advance in life. No worries though, as stubborn as I am, I will always find a way to wander and enjoy the little things in life. 🙂

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    1. While we did not mirgate, we did travel when we moved around a little in our late 20s till mid 30s. And yes moving does in some way thow travel upside down….but we still managed to get a fair bit done! Of course not having kids helped a lot…

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      1. I don’t know what the future holds. Of course, everything is still open. We try not to set everything in stone and keep an open mind. The world economic situation also affects our decisions. At least for now, we have a vision.

        Having kids would also affect our decisions so practically speaking, we are sorting out our plans from A-Z to prepare for anything.

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