We’re a nation of global travellers. Especially when young. Unfazed by 24 hour plane trips or strange ferry rides across eerily calm waters. Easily able to handle living off $50 a day (including accommodation) and convincing neat Swedish boys to give us their clean sweatshirts. Skilled at finding the best tasting chocolate bar at 11.40pm in a Slovenian train station.
Backpacking through Europe and/or Asia is part of the life plan, appearing on the to-do list next to university, getting a proper job, finding that special someone to share your life, transitioning from wine in a box to wine in a bottle.
There’s ten annoying habits that recent travellers bring home. (Post continues after video…)
Wanderlust, freedom and becoming you awaits. Over there. After you see and experience Santorini or New York, Paris or Bangkok. After you haggle over the price of persimmons in a farmer’s market in Tuscany. After you read that novel by Virginia Woolf in the twilight on the hulking ferry from Brindisi to Corfu. After you wake up in the morning not having a clue what small town or big city you are going to fall asleep in that night.
But all those carefree moments that last a lifetime. That shape you. Make you smile when you are 10,000 kilometres and 20 years away from Barcelona, have become another you-can’t-have-this for millennials. You can’t buy a house and travelling overseas in your early 20s will not be about freedom, insouciance and wild experiences because it’s too scary over there.
Today it's a gunman in Munich, killing nine people and injuring 21. There was the Istanbul airport bombing, 44 dead. Orlando mass shooting, 50 dead. There's the 2015 Paris attack, 130 people dead. 2011 Mogadishu, 100 people dead. 7/7 London, 52 dead. 2005 Delhi bombings, 60 dead. Moscow Theatre Hostage, 170 dead. Bali bombings 2002, 202 killed. 9/11, 2996 dead. These are just a few of the mass death statistics. People going about their business. Not at war. Then dead.