There’s a travel article doing the rounds at the moment and it stopped me pretty dead in my tracks (which means, I read it all the way to the end. And again). Why? Well, it’s not often that I read an article and think “STOP! This is about me! Has this person actually met me? Did I get drunk with this writer at the weekend and forget all about it?”
Actually, I don’t like and don’t agree with the whole premise of the The Huffington Post article, which puts forth that female travellers are pretty much undateable because we’re independent, can be hard to impress (especially when it comes to material goods), and we’re always jumping on the next plane. I disagree, and think because we’re so free-spirited, interesting and spontaneous we’re even more dateable.
But the article, sent to me by a guy I met travelling in Argentina few years back, was like someone holding up a mirror. It’s the stuff my obit could be made of.
These pars especially ring true:
“She is hard to please. The usual dinner-movie date at the mall will suck the life out of her. Her soul craves for new experiences and adventures. She will be unimpressed with your new car and your expensive watch. She would rather climb a rock or jump out of an airplane than hear you brag about it.”
“Chances are, she can’t hold a steady job. Or she’s probably daydreaming about quitting. She doesn’t want to keep working her ass off for someone else’s dream. She has her own and is working towards it. She is a freelancer. She makes money from designing, writing, photography or something that requires creativity and imagination. Don’t waste her time complaining about your boring job.” – Hands up. Yes, I did quit my job three years ago to go freelance. And in the past three years I’ve spent quarter of every year living in New York or travelling South America.
This one hits the nail on the head: “She doesn’t have a plan or a permanent address. She goes with the flow and follows her heart. She dances to the beat of her own drum.”
And finally, yes, I do chat to everyone: “She’s busy living in the present. She talks to strangers. She will meet many interesting, like-minded people from around the world who share her passion and dreams.”
Here’s the link to the post:
Ellie and I on cobbly street in Cuzco