Most people seem to enjoy the art of travel. With humans being curious creatures, a lot of us gain pleasure when being in a new environment as it expands our comfort zone and in effect gives off a sense of living. Moving across the globe is a perfect solution to escape your normal surroundings and daily routine as you experience things that you would never normally do.
Traveling and backpacking nowadays is certainly a lot easier and more commonplace than it used to be. With growing globalization, scheduled flights are reaching even the most remote corners of our planet, and spending a week on vacation in another city, country or continent is no longer something out of the ordinary. Extensive transport networks at competitive pricing also make getting from A to B a lot easier. At the same time, many new accommodation options have been made available for the intrepid travelers traveling on a shoestring. For instance hostels, dorms, and the increasingly popular option of Couchsurfing.
The Slow Travel Trend
The ease of traveling certainly explains to an extent why backpacking and the concept of slow travel have become more popular – particularly amongst younger people wanting an “Overseas Experience”. It’s not out of the blue for people after high school or university to gain some “life experience” by taking a few months or even a year off and explore a new part of the world or country. Giving yourself plenty of time for a stay in a foreign place, allows you to go off the beaten track to less touristic sites. As a result, you will immerse yourself in the local culture and lifestyle more than you would during a 15 day Contiki tour. With the desire to see something new and have a unique adventure away from the norm, is a reason why backpacking and slow travel have become so immensely popular.
Migrating to another Country
Traveling abroad for several months can certainly open your eyes to how much our planet has to offer in terms of destinations, giving you longing to experience more. It is not unusual to want to extend your stay in a country if you’ve been having a particularly uplifting stay. However, often the reasons for a holiday in a certain country are vastly different to those reasons for moving permanently to another country. While travelers may be lured by the natural beauty and climate of a certain destination, migrants typically choose their country of residence based on factors such as professional and educational opportunities.
A prime example of this is the US. With its claims of high living standards, it has been a big factor for millions of migrants from all over the world to migrate there for over 100 years. But like many high immigration countries, like The USA, England, and Australia, getting a permanent residency is quite tough. Although there may be helpful advice on these sites, it is always wise before moving long distance (temporary or permanent), that you have your paperwork sorted. Especially for slow travelers as tourist visas can be strict with time limitations.