Nomadic Matt is an incredibly popular travel blogger. He’s been all over North and South America, most of Europe, and a good chunk of Asia. He writes thoughtful pieces on travel in general as well as tips for traveling in specific countries for cheap. It’s a great combination of information and entertainment, and spending more than five minutes on his blog will leave you with a serious case of wanderlust.
I especially loved his post, “Everyone Says I’m Running Away.” It is a beautifully written piece in response to comments about traveling being a form of running away–from responsibility, from adulthood, from whatever. Traveling is about escape, yes, but not necessarily running away from all of life. It’s running away from a certain kind of life. Matt puts it this way:
People assume that we are simply running away from our problems, running away from “the real world.”
And to all those people who say that, I say to you?—?you’re right.
I am running away.
I’m running away from your idea of the “real” world.
I’m avoiding your life.
And, instead, I’m running towards everything – towards the world, exotic places, new people, different cultures, and my own idea of freedom.
Preach it, Matt. Prepare to lose hours of your life exploring his blog, but don’t stop there! Plan a trip! Go see the world for yourself! And use his blog to help you do it.