As I get closer to my mid 20s, things gradually change. I no longer hang out with friends from college. I turned down parties invitation. I start to wonder how is life going to be down the road. I want to do something out of the ordinary. I do not want to live my life just for expectations of others. I am not going to live a life of going to school, get a job, get married, buy a house and have 1.5 children. It is a rat race.
I had a backpacking trip to Taiwan a month ago and it was a blast. From the beach to the mountains, Taiwan has got so much to offer. I am pretty surprised that when it comes to backpacking Asia, Taiwan is rarely the top few of the bucket list, Thailand is usually on top of the list, where else. Everyone has got their own reasons for traveling to a country, it can be part of your GAP year adventure. Read my post about GAP year here. Here are my reasons for you to book a ticket to Taiwan!
You remembered this moment on the plane, you were flying back to your home country and going back to work in the next 24 hours after a 2 weeks vacation in the Caribbean. You try to get yourself to sleep in that uncomfortable airplane seat but you could not. Your mind was filled with dreadful thoughts of being back to reality and you thought hard of your next vacation, where and when it is going to be. At the same time, you can’t wait to get home and share your beautiful tour photos with your family and friends. You got to get back to work and earn that hole in your bank account from that expensive tour of yours. When you stepped into your driveway, you felt a sense of happiness because you were back at somewhere familiar. Are you a traveler or tourist?
I wonder what are the differences between a tourist and a traveler? I see myself fading in and out of both categories. I am not a fan of this debate about being a traveler or tourist. But time passes and you see the differences for yourself. I am not going to write some economic level essay to compare between these two categories. At the end of the day, do not let this fall into any type of stereotyping because we all have different ways to explore the world in our own ways. Just like how every one of us have our likes, dislikes and own definition of comfort. Here are some general areas I observed and experienced to help you identify yourself and maybe people around you.