There are so many articles popping up that seem to criticise younger generations for having different priorities to older ones. The fury within really starts boiling over when I read them because I am one of those choosing to travel over a mortgage and staying put.
F#*@ that noise. Plunging into debt for the rest of my life isn't what I call fun and being tied down doesn't sound great to me either. The thing that annoys me most of all is the judgement and resentment these articles have towards digital nomads or just anyone living a bit differently to the social norm. I don't loose sleep over people buying houses, having kids and working 9-5, I actually would fall asleep listening to them describe their lives to me. But hey, different strokes for different folks.
Different people, different priorities...
The reasons why we choose to travel over the above mentioned is mainly due to the fact that there is a shift in priorities these days and the ability to work independently from all over the world opens up so many opportunities for us. We can be graphic designers working for a company in the US while we are backpacking through Japan, we could be country hopping through Europe while working on those building plans back in Australia. There are endless opportunities for us and we are taking them.
Also, I know where I come from (Sydney, Australia) hell will be frozen over before I can buy a home in my beloved neighbourhood of Newtown. I would need to be forking over at the least 50-100 grand to afford a deposit (and possibly my left arm) alone and I am not willing to give up living my life to eat beans on toast and never leave the house, for fear I may go over budget.
The fact is these days travelling the globe is cheaper than buying a house and so much funner. I have the rest of my life to be in debt and for now having the time of my life seems to be treating me very well.
Cheers to the Digital Nomads!
As the world changes so do the people, and I think having an open mind and exploring as much as possible while I can, only benefits me and the rest of my life. If and when I decide on one location to set up a permanent camp I know I will have seen and done enough to feel satisfied in my decision. I don't want to ever look back and think "I wish I did that" or "I wish I travelled there". THAT is my worst fear.
So cheers to all those who live a little differently, keep moving forward doing exactly what you want to do without the restraints of society pressuring you to settle down. Enjoy every second of your own life.