We are in a new century's movement, the traveler’s boom. Any time more people decide to change their lives doing what they really want, travel in this case. Europe will overcome 1000 millions of travelers this year. It is the highest rate ever. Since 2009 the number of travellers have increased year after year. However, from this amount of people we don’t know the reason for their trips. It is important to analyze who is travelling because of holidays for a few days and who is doing so because of a lifestyle for long term. I want to focus on the second ones. That’s why I’m going to use my own experience during my EVS to show how the world is changing, especially among young people. When you travel, you open your mind, you realize life is different in every country where you were staying or living. So, why can’t you change your life if you are not happy with yours? Culture is just a construction. Then, you can build your own culture, your personal one. You will never be wrong if you are doing what you want.
During my EVS I met many people who didn’t want to follow the ¨traditional¨ or ¨conventional¨ life: studying, finding a job, renting or buying a flat, getting married, having children, etc. We started to wonder what we really wanted in life. All of us grew up with social pressures. Of course, not everyone had the same pressure and issues because of the cultural differences. But all of us had to follow a determinate way to be accepted socially. We suddenly felt free to do what we wanted and that made us stronger.
¨My job is not my life, but my life is my job¨, it was our philosophy. Everybody should work in something they really like. However, just few people are 100% happy doing what they do. As many people say: ¨Invoices are not paid alone¨. It should be frustrating to dedicate your life to something you do not like at all. Nevertheless, maybe there is another lifestyle, an alternative way to life. Young people is thinking this since long time ago. We had many opportunities to see other realities far away from our comfort zone. It has taught that everything is possible if you fight for it.
Over the last ten years, the number of migrants who are moving to other countries only because of pleasure has increased. Time ago people only moved to another country out of necessity, because of poverty or war for example. As we can see, the world is changing. More and more people are daring to change their lives moving to other countries to find a place where they can feel good with themselves. Currently, we find many social movements on web sites, blogs, social media, etc., where young people decide to go against the society. There is no certain pattern, as Antonio says, a Spanish traveler who wrote a guide book about how to start your own online business to be self-sufficient. In this way, he explains you can manage and spend your time as you desire. The goal is feel free, independent and happy. Travel is just a way to exercise this freedom. The way you live your life is your business. The reality doesn’t lie, any time more people leave their jobs to enter in this new journey of life.
We need to get ready to face this new movement. But there is a contradiction in all this change. The world gives us the opportunity to study, work and live abroad. However, at some point someone is telling us, "You should stop because you need to think of your future, your professional life, because you can’t spend all your life travelling without any responsibility¨. Who is saying that traveling doesn’t come with responsibilities? It has even more, I think.
Many people spent long time, I dare to say years, fighting to get a new lifestyle. It is not an easy task. That’s why I think it is helpful to have references, people who have already gone through that. You can get ideas, motivation or simply courage, if you have not yet decided. I leave you a couple of interesting links from people who can offer you support in your new plan of life.
You can find information about how to create your own business thought the next links: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/175242, https://www.wikihow.com/Start-Your-Own-Business, https://get.weebly.com/websites/. Otherwise, if you just want some advices about how to travel around the world getting a new job or working as volunteer, you should check the next web sites: https://matadornetwork.com/verticals/lifestyle/, https://www.travelinglifestyle.net/, https://www.spendlifetraveling.com/.
The world is waiting for you. You just need a little push. Go ahead!