Is travel running away from life?

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Is travel running away from life?

We constantly hear that we are visiting new countries, living a life of digital nomads and making money online to avoid commitments. That it’s not normal to not stay in one place. So is travel running away from ‘the real life’?

1. Can the life be unreal?

I mean, is it even possible to live unreal life? We really hate any kind of pigeonholing. Sorting people on beautiful and ugly, skinny and fat, clever and stupid, those who live a real life and those who run away from something. For us, it’s actually quite scary. We are native Poles and the history of our country showed that judging people are segregating them on better and worse is the beginning of something terrible. We are talking about WWII. Every war, every conflict, every fight begins with this one small thing. Less than hundred years ago Nazis thought they were the real people and Jews were not human beings at all. White people were kidnapping black people and forced them to be their slaves. It’s all because they thought they were better than them. This is happening in a history over and over again and we can’t understand why people judge others so easily.

So NO, travel is not running away from anything. Every life is real as long as you are breathing. No matter what you do or where you are.

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2. What is the real life?

We are living in a society where there are many unofficial rules to follow. You have to finish college, find a decent job, get marry, have kids, buy a house and a car. If you don’t have (or if you don’t want to have) one of those, you are considered as someone weird. There must be something wrong with you, you are not normal.

We are both very tolerant, we believe that everybody has the right to live the life he/ she wants.

For us, traveling is the real life and sitting at home, living other people’s life (TV, movies, newspaper etc.) is running away.

Just take a look at this. We are:

And in the same time more than 90% of society is:

  • doing a job they don’t like
  • wasting their time on dumb things
  • dreaming about happier life and doing nothing to achieve it

For us, the real life is when you do what you love, no matter what it is. This is our subjective opinion and we try not to judge people but accept them. In this post we are trying to answer on question: Is travel running away from life?

Is travel running away from life?

3. Is staying in one place normal?

This is the best part. Nowadays, people have houses, jobs and everything they need in one place. It wasn’t like that in the past.

People were changing place of living constantly. Ancient humans were living only in places where they have enough food to eat and water to drink.

If there was something missing, they were easily moving to another place. It’s perfectly natural to explore new territories. And this is what travellers do nowadays- they are looking for new and interesting territories.

Of course their motivation is not to find a food or water and they are moving faster than primitive people. But what I am trying to say is that moving is something native. Something that we all have since the beginning of mankind. This is who we are, we are people and we were born to explore, achieve and discover.

What do you think about it? Is travel running away from life or not? Share your thoughts in comments!


  1. I actually did travel for 7 entire months to avoid a very hard phase in my life, however I think it was more therapy than running away. It was the best thing I have ever done and gave me a new perspective on my life and made me change my career, my friendship groups and appreciate my home and family much much more. So no, I don’t think travel is escapism from real life. It think it broadens your horizons immensely and makes you appreciate the little things in life. 🙂

  2. Great article! The points you make are so true, especially about how the majority of people living “normal” lives are basically unhappy with their current position in life and dreaming of something better. I’m currently only 2 months into my adventures of exploring asia and my views of life and the world have expanded more than I ever thought! I always wanted to travel ever since I was 6 or 7, so traveling has always seemed like a natural thing for me, so I feel like I’m fulfilling my lifes dream, which I would say is the exact opposite of running away from life.

  3. I like they way you explained it. For me, I think that living in one place is a big waste of time; I mean the world is very big with billions of things to discover and experience. The only thing that is tying me up from seeing the world is th fact that I’m stuck in a job that I don’t really like. If only there was a way to be released from this nightmare. I love your article though, keep on the good work.


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