I always thought I knew what my travel personality was.
Backpack. Night bus. Dorm rooms. Wristbands. Hair wraps.
The first blog I started up was called ‘my life in a rucksack’, and I endeavoured to represent the name as best I could. I managed to work and travel my way around a large part of Australia, living full time in hostel dorms for the majority. My trusty backpack was my friend and I planned to keep it that way.
But then my travel plans halted. I fell in love with the first country I visited (and subsequently a dashing Kiwi bloke) staying rooted to one spot for an extended time. Quite happily, I might add, but my days of happily being your stereotypical backpacker were over.
In my time living in Cairns I’ve grown up a little, and become accustomed to some of the nicer things in life. Like clean underwear and wine that doesn’t come from a box.
As a result the identity I’d crafted for myself as a traveller doesn’t quite fit anymore. Some parts still do of course, but I’ve evolved a little bit too. Surely you can travel the world with multiple personalities? Don’t shoehorn me inside a box (my bum wouldn’t fit anyway).
Having time to grow up between trips has made me realise that I want the best of both worlds. If there’s the offer of a night staying in a luxury apartment on a tropical island paradise then hell yes please. However I’m just as happy to go camping or to sleep on the deck of a boat. And that’s a good thing.
Don’t turn up your nose at an experience simply because you feel like it is a trip you wouldn’t enjoy. Create a character, someone you wouldn’t usually be.Travel is about leaving your comfort zone and trying on a new personality for size is part of that.
A huge fan of roughing it? Maybe you’d be surprised at how much you’d enjoy a luxurious city break. Convinced you hate camping? Watching the sun rise with a dingo on Fraser Island may well change that.
Embrace every travel personality that you can, because each one will lead you towards a different experience.
And at the very least, you’ll have a new story to tell.