Folium: The 3 Biggest Travel Myths via Relevant

Folium: The 3 Biggest Travel Myths via Relevant


There are many who would argue that the small town they live in is the most boring of all small towns in the entire world. But what those people don’t realize is that getting away or traveling from that small town to another small town will not solve all of their problems. As human beings we are constantly looking to grow and expand ourselves in some way or another. For some it’s being pushed out of the limits of your comfort zone and traveling and for others it isn’t.

“Many of us expect traveling to give us more than it should because that’s what we’ve been led to believe.”Neal Samudre

A huge myth in the culture that we live in, are that we can only grow if we quit our jobs and travel the world. But Neal makes a point in his article to say that that is simply not the case. Sure traveling provides us experiences that we never thought we would be a part of, but it depends on how you go about it. There is a time and place in your life when you feel that you should go out and explore. There is nothing wrong with exploring in rural India, or the rural hideouts in your backyard; it just depends on how to look at it.

I keep driving…
But I’m getting nowhere…

In movies we see a lot of characters realizing their ultimate potential while out driving. And to our society that has dumped a huge load onto our shoulders making it preferable to go out and travel in order to find you. There may be some truth to that, but it just depends on who you are. Neal convinced me to think about it when he said; “Maybe, when we finally see this for ourselves, we’ll learn to grow and mature where we are, without packing our bags.”

Traveling should be an opportunity for growth and change but you have to let it work through you. Neal says “Traveling can open your eyes to a much larger world, one where people are in pain and need compassion.” But you need to have selfless motives in order to get the most out of those experiences. I attest to when we truly have selfless motives, is when we see others grow as well as ourselves.

“To be honest, I first chose to travel because I wanted the story. I wanted to take Instagram pictures of my adventures and have something to tell people when I came back home.” – Neal Samudre

This person has life all figured out. Why don’t I?

Another myth, or good point that Neal brings up is that of how “traveling will give you the life you want.” He thinks about all of the people he knows and how they dread traveling. At first he didn’t understand why they would ever dread traveling until he lived with his family for a while and bonded even closer with them. It was at that point that he was able to realize that climbing mountains in Utah wasn’t going to give him the true satisfaction of having a home to go back to when he was done.

“Traveling is a joy, but it’s not a solution.” – Neal Samudre

Neal ends his article in stating; “Traveling is a joy, but it’s not a solution. It’s time to return to the idea that life can be fantastic anywhere, on the road or off it.” He doesn’t shut down the idea of travel; he just wants to reiterate that travel is meant for points in time, not for your whole life. You should have a home where you can go to when you miss your family, and you should also take that family and go on a trip where you can thoroughly enjoy your time together.

Julie Martin
LEAF Editor & Contributor

(ed. Video is not from the RELEVANT article, but related nonetheless…)