What is Travel?

Travel

  1. make a journey, typically of some length.
  2. (of an object or radiation) move, typically in a constant or predictable way.

Since beginning this blog, and becoming more active and consistent on Instagram, I have received many comments about how I afford to travel, and how I find the time. As well as just general people being jealous of the places I’ve been, and the life I live.

I wanted to write a blog post about this, because to many people travelling means to go on a holiday overseas, and take selfies under the Eiffel Tower (yes, I’ve taken my Eiffel Tower selfie). Now, that is an awesome way of travel, and the opportunities international travel gives you are something that couldn’t be exchanged for the greatest sum of money. However, that is not what this post is about.

This post is about the idea that you don’t need to travel overseas to be a traveller, heck, you don’t even need to leave your state to be a traveller.

Let that sink in. So I grew up in the Barossa Valley – a famous wine region in South Australia. If any of you have seen or read the second Fifty Shades of Grey movie/book, yes, he orders Barossa Valley Shiraz – yep, that is where I’m from. Growing up, I must admit, I despised the place. I was into the music scene which always was in Adelaide, and even more so in the East Coast. When I turned 18, I moved to Adelaide for university. A couple years later, I moved to Melbourne to complete my studies, and for a change. This move though really opened my eyes about travel, and more so domestic travel. Why? There are so many backpackers, tourists, and international students in Melbourne. To so many of them, Australia and Melbourne are a bucket list dream come true, whilst to me I had never truly appreciated it.

So how do I find the money to travel? Well, for starters most of my international images are from the past when I visited those countries. My last international trip was February 2016 which was a solo trip to Europe. As of writing this blog, I have posted 68 images on my Where Is Tori Instagram – 18 of these images are from overseas, 6 are interstate (outside of Victoria), and 44 are taken in Victoria (Melbourne).

My friend and I aim to visit or try one new thing/destination in Victoria every month, which is where many of these images are from. The others are results of friends and I deciding to do something new on the weekends, or whenever we have free days off university/work. Sometimes even just me wandering around. My main point of this all is you don’t need to be a nomad, you don’t need a tonne of money, and you don’t need to take 5 months off work to be a traveller.

If you have the opportunity to travel overseas, take it, without even hesitating, go! However, if you are in limbo between your next vacation, don’t have the cash, don’t have the time, working on your career, finishing that degree, just had a kid, or whatever your reason may be – view the place you live in the way a tourist would, and you will see the world around you in a completely new light.

FYI, on my most recent trip back to the Barossa Valley to see family, I finally went wine tasting, and enjoyed all the touristy sights the region has to offer.

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