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Whether or not travelling is a hobby is up for debate...here's what I think.

Is travelling a hobby?! 

Is travelling a hobby? It’s fun-filled, life-changing, inspiring and just downright amazing. And hobbies can definitely be these things. But does calling travel a hobby really do it justice?? Or is it something more than that? Here’s a really quick piece with my thoughts…

What do you think of when you hear the word ‘hobby’?

An activity to enjoy in your spare time? A fun-filled pastime? A go-to activity of choice? A distraction from dull moments of the day?

Me too.

So, technically, is travelling a hobby as well? After all, for many of us it is indeed a go-to activity of choice. It is absolutely a fun-filled activity- something to enjoy doing in our spare time, above almost all other things.

And yet ‘hobby’ makes me think of things like sport, reading, drawing…or bingo…or knitting.

Can we really put travel- something that is so fundamentally profound and life-changing- in the same category as knitting?

Isn’t it far more than that?

I’d say yes. It is indeed more than that.

But if it isn’t a hobby, what else is it?

If travelling is my hobby, then is it any different to reading, playing sport, or knitting?

“Who cares if travelling is my hobby?”

First off, there’s nothing wrong with considering travel to be a hobby.

I mean, I always maintain that travel, in every respect, is an individual thing and so we have the right to define it however we like.

I’m not here to tell you that seeing travel as a hobby is wrong.

Indeed, like I said, there’s a large part of me that would define it in this way too. At the same time though, I just don’t think the word does it justice.

Here’s why…

A travelling hobby is more like a travelling lifestyle.

Travelling hobby or travelling lifestyle?

For me, hobbies are generally activities that I fit around my other, primary pursuits. I make time for them, sure, but generally they’re the luxury that rewards the work I’ve put in elsewhere.

For instance, I might draw in the evenings, after a busy day, or play sport at the weekends to socialise and get some exercise, or take a lunch break to read my book.

I don’t knit.

But the hobby is always secondary- fitted in around other parts of my schedule. Simply, these hobbies are side-lined to my ‘free-time’.   

Travel, by comparison, is almost the opposite.

Travel, the way I see it, is the primary thing. I wish to mould my schedule around travel- not the other way around. Travel becomes the ultimate focus- the priority that I fit everything else around.

Travelling is a hobby, but it also isn't. It goes far beyond that for me.

In this way travelling is a fundamental component of my life (or at least I want it to be), as opposed to something I restrict to my spare time.

And, equally, I can continue with my other hobbies while I travel. I’ll read, exercise, write, draw…all while on the road. Is it really possible to practice a hobby within a hobby!?

And, at the end of the day, I get so much more from travel than I do most other things in my life.

I mean, who I am has literally changed and adapted in line with the experiences I’ve had while travelling. Travel is a powerful tool, a momentous life choice, a way to live life to its absolute fullest.

Dive headfirst into travel and, as clichéd as it sounds, it sort of becomes…life.

Or, less dramatically (if equally clichéd), travel becomes a lifestyle. It’s what I mean when I talk about the travel feeling. And it is this that gets at the crux of why I don’t see travel as a hobby.

“Simply, travel becomes more than just a thing to do: no longer just some thing, or activity.”

It becomes a way of interacting with the world: a way of being that impacts all aspects of life.

That all sounds a little grandiose, new-agey and woo-woo, I know. But I don’t know how else to put it! And there’s truth there, I promise!

So, to sum up, for me, at least, travel isn’t a hobby.

Maybe it starts off as one. Maybe at one point in time, as you begin to delve into the wonderful world of travel, it becomes a hobby. And maybe for some people it remains that way; like I said at the start, that’s 100% fine.

I just see it as so much more.

What do you think? Am I talking rubbish!? Do you see travel as a hobby or something more? Let me know in the comments!

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