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is travelling some sort of a rite of passage?

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1. Posted by fleurjones (Budding Member 4 posts) 9y

Lots of people refer to travelling as a rite of passage..is it?

I’ve read a few books lately where they’ve talked about backpacking/travelling being used as a form of identity construction i.e. searching for more desirable characteristics to improve our self image and the way were perceived by others...if were honest with ourselves can we maybe see a touch of this behind our reasons for travel?? In hindsight did we originally think it make us a 'cooler' person?? Did we go because we wanted to 'find ourselves' or just literally because of the simple reason that we like to travel and explore??

its a difficult one if you really think about it! I travel now 100% because i love the experience..to explore. But (and i hate admitting it now) i think the main reason i took my first trip was because it was the 'done' thing..all the coolest kids were taking gap yrs and i didnt want to be left out! Of course that hasnt detracted from my experiences since and i guess it doesnt really matter what my initial reason was as long as i enjoyed myself..but humour me!

2. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 9y

As long as I live I am interested in geography, topography, looking at maps and in the atlas, learning capitals by head, flags etc etc. Watch a lot of stuff on tv about travelling.
I guess I am just interested. But of course it's nice to have the opportunity to travel compared to people who can not travel for different reasons but want to.
And there are people who don't like travelling at all, fine with me.
I guess travelling is not something you are ment to do because it's kinda fashion thing. Most people don't actually, they think fashion is a house, car, 2 kids, a golden retriever and diners with mother in law.
And I guess the article/book you have read, is written by a person who fits in that category.

3. Posted by Ahila (Inactive 1529 posts) 9y

For me, travel was not a choice, for the first twenty years of my life, at least not my choice. It was something that was part of my family and I grew up in a constant travelling atmosphere. So, I guess I can't really say that my travelling was induced by any particular reason but many things in my life however been influenced by the travelling and the need for continuing to travel.

4. Posted by boreal2673 (Respected Member 345 posts) 9y

I would say that traveling is a rite of passage. It teaches you to budget money, responsibility, rely on your instincts, deal with unfamiliar situations, makes you well rounded, eliminates stereotypes, creates open mindness, shows real life politics (insted of the b-shit the show on the news), opens your eyes to poverty, interaction with different people and cultures, culinary delights or disgusts, the beauty of the world, how big it is and sometimes how small, helps develop an appreciation of where you live, your heritage, and the struggles of your family.

These are only a select few reasons why everyone should travel and why it is a right of passage. Traveling I beleive makes a better person overall.

5. Posted by Herr Bert (Moderator 1384 posts) 9y

I think you should travel because you want to, and because you are curious for other places, other cultures etc. But it has a very pleasant side effect, and that is that you also learn a lot about yourself, esp. when you are traveling alone. Calling it a rite of passage, sounds a bit too strong for me.

6. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

I cant imagine why a person would travel, just to be cool, or for the image, or for how others perceive them. There are less expensive ways to appear cool.

Mel

[ Edit: Edited on Feb 21, 2007, at 11:04 AM by Mel. ]

7. Posted by Herr Bert (Moderator 1384 posts) 9y

Did you ever looked cool when traveling? (OK, if you can stay at one place for a longer time), but for me looking cool and traveling don't mix very well.

8. Posted by Ahila (Inactive 1529 posts) 9y

I think Fleurjones meant 'cool' here in the context of being able to boast or drop names of the places one has travelled to as being the latest trend in the world.... maybe I have misunderstood..

[ Edit: Edited on Feb 21, 2007, at 4:37 PM by Ahila ]

9. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 9y

Quoting boreal2673

I would say that traveling is a rite of passage. It teaches you to budget money, responsibility, rely on your instincts, deal with unfamiliar situations, makes you well rounded, eliminates stereotypes, creates open mindness, shows real life politics (insted of the b-shit the show on the news), opens your eyes to poverty, interaction with different people and cultures, culinary delights or disgusts, the beauty of the world, how big it is and sometimes how small, helps develop an appreciation of where you live, your heritage, and the struggles of your family.

These are only a select few reasons why everyone should travel and why it is a right of passage. Traveling I beleive makes a better person overall.

Some people come back from their travels more "worldy" while others don't. It's as if they've never been. Having said that, it could be related to the "tourist vs traveller" issue.

10. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Quoting Herr Bert

Did you ever looked cool when traveling? (OK, if you can stay at one place for a longer time), but for me looking cool and traveling don't mix very well.

Maybe people think our grubby backpacker look is cool. It wouldnt be the first time, that strange things became fashionable.