You might be thinking this is a pretty obvious concept and there’s not really much explanation needed. But nevertheless I wanted to expand the common defining difference being just the time frame of which you spend away. Granted this is a prime indicator of whether to count your trip away a holiday or a travel adventure but here are some of the other factors that make it abudently clear what kind of trip you are on.
When you are trying to make your money stretch for as long as possible then there is just no way in hell you will be able to stay at some sparkling and posh hotel costing a good £50 a night. That can quite literally be the equivalent of 20 nights of accomodation in cheap backpacking hostels and that is more exaggeration. When you are on holiday these fancy hotels are a great luxury which you want to invest in but when you are travelling and have to live on a budget for a set period of time then you will find yourself steering very clear of all things glamorous and finding comfort in the chilled out back alley hostels. These aren’t all bad though, hostels can have a great atmosphere, good company and cheap drinks which after all is a priority since its all about the budget!
If you are travelling especially for a long time then you have to pack lightly because when it comes down to it, everything you bring with you, you have to carry on your own back from place to place for months on end. At this point you also realise that nothing truly valuable belongs with you on your trip since the liklihood of it getting damaged or god forbid, stolen, is so much higher than your regularly week or two away. the joke I always make when I leave my belongings in a big dorm full of strangers is that yeah sure my stuff is there in the open for them to rummage through and steal from if they so please. But unless they are looking for a week of old laundry, worn out shoes and a used toothbrush then there is really no jackpot to be found. Sorry thieves, better luck next time.
Travelling is unlike being on an all inclusive holiday on a tropical beach where you want for nothing as buffets of delicious dishes are a constant flow. Instead when you are travelling and you are on that already mentioned tight budget you have to hunt down the best offers and pray that the portion sizes are generous. Most days you can easily find yourself skimming out on a meal with just a snack from the local market. That’s not to say you don’t get to indulge in some heavenly meals especially whilst travelling Asia where amazing authentic meals can be less than £2 in some places.
When you are on holiday you will likely bump into several young couples, hundreds of friend groups and millions of families all taking a good old break from everyday life. And although the friends you make whilst on holiday are lovely, the limited time frame and the fact you are on a pre-organised, stress free, no hassle vacation means the bonds you make are not even half as intense as the ones that are created between you and your travel companions. When you travel you meet so many interesting and like minded individuals. There is an automatic unspoken union between two travellers where you can instantly feel at ease to introduce yourself and get into a full blown conversation about your past adventures, your ambitions and your believes. These moments will really make you appreciate the goodness of humanity when you can fully connect with a stranger from anywhere in the world just because you are both explorers of your shared planet and that’s all the common ground you could possibly need to have a flourishing friendship.
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