But I’m a little annoyed today, so please allow me this one small, itsy bitsy, teeny weeny rant, just this once.
I have just read a post online about a young woman, aged 27, who just became the first female to travel to every single country in the world. Impressive. That was my first thought too. At 27 years old too, what an achievement. Incredible. Well done to her. I realise it sounds like sarcasm, but no really, it is an incredible achievement, so my congratulations are sincere.
That was, until I read the post in full. This young woman, who by the way, claims to be an environmentalist, travelled to these countries by over 200 flights. 200 FLIGHT!! Yikes! Can you imagine the cost, not only to her wallet but to the environment.
Now, what grinds my gears that little bit more, and I’m sure it’ll get to you too. She embarked on this journey in July of 2015. Wait, WHAT? That means she just travelled the whole world in little under 2 years.
The article goes on to say that she spent on average 2-5 days PER COUNTRY. Now I’m not an experienced traveller, by any stretch of the imagination, so maybe it’s not my place to say, but how do you immerse yourself in to the culture of an entire nation in the space of 2-5 days. On her travels she must’ve come to England, but I am telling you now there is not a chance in hell that she was able to immerse herself in what little cultural experiences that the English have to offer. Did she visit the Yorkshire Dales, how about The Lake District, did she find out the differences in the chippys between north and south? (Apparently cheesy chips and gravy aren’t the done thing down south, must be a northern thing). She might have done all the touristy things to do in London, but what about the rest of England, did she see the Albert Dock in Liverpool, the beaches down south, the Eden Project, the White Cliffs of Dover, Stonehenge, the Angel of the North. I guess what I’m trying to say is, she didn’t get the full experience of England.
Her trip around the world, and this is the best analogy I can think of, was like watching a movie in fast forward. Yes, you get to the end, but did you really grasp what the movie was about? Did you get the full experience you would by just taking the extra time to watch the whole thing? I’m not so certain.
I’m not trying to be on my high horse, as I’m aware it is a shocking fall from such heights, nor is this coming from any jealousy that now I’ll never be the first female to travel the whole world. Mainly because I’m male. But regardless, I can assure you it’s not. Life isn’t a race, but nobody has told this lady, she raced her way through every country in every continent, purely to take the title of the ‘First Female’ to do so.
The article goes on to say about how much money she spent, near $200,000. I’d be hard pressed to make that kind of money in the next 10 years, yet she had sponsors to help her to do this. If I had that kind of money, I’ll tell you now, my trip wouldn’t be over in 2 years. I’d make a modest budget, find work like I am planning on doing come May, and work my way around the world. Truly take in as much as I can, visit as many corners of every country as I can, the biggest cities and the smallest villages. Because isn’t that what travelling is about?
Anyway, I’m sorry to moan, these are just my opinions. They’re usually more jolly opinions, I assure you, otherwise I’d have picked a more apt name, like the moaning traveller, but Karl Pilkington does enough of that for all of us.
But like I said, what an achievement and well done to this girl, she went after something and she got it, it is my personal belief she did it all for the wrong reasons.
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Also here is a link to the original story if you’d like to read about her adventures and how she did it.
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And as always, much love and a travelling hug.