Travelling Or Running Away?

para“What are you running away from?” If you’re a traveler, then chances are someone has asked you this at one point or another.For me, it was my parents who wondered (and still do) why I always felt the need to pack my bags and head off to a new country or adventure whenever the opportunity presented itself.  Those who don’t have a strong, constant desire to travel sometimes find it hard to understand why wanderlusters are always looking for their next adventure. For them they wonder,  “Why can’t they just be happy where they are? What are they running away from?”

Of course, there are those who believe that if they hop on a plane and fly far away enough, they can leave their problems behind without dealing with them and start over. If you ignore your issues and try to travel away from them instead of facing them while you wander, you are running away. Most people know from experience that this never works as we tend carry our flaws and baggage with us wherever we go.

Travelling isn’t about running away from anything. It’s about as far away from that as you can imagine. Travelling is about finding something greater than us, something we can’t always see so clearly in our daily lives. Travelling isn’t about running away from life, it’s about running towards it. When you travel you’re forced to take risks, meet new people, socialize, rely on your independence and embrace different cultures or ways of life you may never have had the opportunity to experience otherwise. Travelling is like opening a door to infinite possibilities- it’s the unknown that makes the journey such an adrenaline rush. We are immediately pushed outside of our comfort zones the minute we step off the plane, and as terrifying as that may be, it’s what keeps us coming back for more after each trip.


  • Wow, that’s a really touching post. What is true is that no matter where you go in the world YOU are there – so you can’t “find yourself” through travel.

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    • Diana Maria

      Thank you that’s so sweet! Travelling can help you find out more about yourself but in the end it will not help you abandon your problems xo

  • “Travelling isn’t about running away from life, it’s about running towards it.” Couldn’t agree more 🙂

    • Diana Maria

      Me too! It’s so simple but so true!

  • Kat

    Loved your post 🙂 For me travel is an escape from the everyday, it’s amazing what a weeks of discovery and adventure can do for your soul. When I return, I always feel ready to face my hurdles with a stronger and more positive approach 😀

    • Diana Maria

      Aw thank you Kat, I agree I am always so much more positive and optimistic after some travel time, I love that feeling! xo

  • Such a lovely post – everyone who wanders the world can relate, I know I certainly can. I would love to get a job that allows for a lot of travel, I’m actually on the job-hunt at the moment and that’s one of the things that’s a priority for me. I get a little bored if I’m in the same place for too long!

    • Diana Maria

      Thank you Claire! I’ve always wanted the same- a job that let’s you travel sounds like such a dream! I hope you end up finding that dream job of yours that lets you travel the globe xo

  • Wow, this was such a deep and inspiring post! I totally understand you, even though I don’t travel a lot since I have school. Traveling is the most intense way to grow up and learn all about life…

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    • Diana Maria

      Thank you so much, even if you don’t travel it’s easy to see how much it can change your life! I’m sure you’ll have many more travels ahead of you too!

  • Rachel

    Traveling is not running away, it’s discovering and exploring 🙂


    • Diana Maria

      I completely agree Rachel, it’s definitely much more than what meets the eye. I’m glad you feel the same way xo

  • Travelling can mean both things, escapism or quite simply exploring. Many people do both during their lifetime. Personally for me, travel is pleasure, soaking up the world, there are so many beautiful places to see 🙂

    • Diana Maria

      Exactly, travelling can mean many different things to each individual! xo