Consider This: Do You Really Need To Travel The World?
LET’S face it: we’re all broke. The economy is greatly hindering our chances of getting a permanent job. The dole queue is full of young people, feeling frustrated and ashamed of their unemployment. Half our friends have emigrated to pastures new. How did it come to this? We’ve had to tighten our belts, save our pennies and we still can’t afford to get out and travel the world.
But do we really need to travel the world right now? Unemployment and social welfare allowances may be the last thing you want, but don’t you have a lot of spare time? You certainly don’t have enough money to travel the world, but do you need to leave the country to travel?
Consider this: an island in the middle of the sea; cheap accommodation; beautiful scenery; fresh air; exercise; relaxation; a sense of freedom. You can get all of it right here.
Sometimes the reason we want to get away from Ireland is boredom. We’re fed up of the same routine day in, day out. Get up; eat breakfast; be unemployed; eat lunch; do nothing; eat dinner; watch TV; sleep; repeat.
But whose fault is that? It’s certainly not Eire’s fault. She’s not the one telling you to do nothing. In fact, she’s brimming with fun, inexpensive things to do. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not implying unemployment is your fault. I’d blame the government for that, but what good would it do? What I’m saying is that it’s your own fault you’re doing nothing.
This past weekend, I visited the beautiful island of Inishmore. Before I went, I longed for a holiday in Spain or somewhere hot with a beach. But a lack of money prevented me from leaving the country, so I packed up and headed to the remote Aran Islands for a break.
With Irish holidays, you have to just accept the weather. Complaining about it won’t make it better. You need to just plan to do something whether it’s raining or not. My first day in Inishmore brought torrential downpours, but I enjoyed it because I knew there would be torrential downpours and I knew that I’d get wet. I was prepared for that.
What I wasn’t expecting was the hot weather and the beach I longed for. The beaches of Inishmore are among the most beautiful I have ever seen, with golden sand and water as clear and blue as the Caribbean. I only wish I’d brought shorts and sleeveless t-shirts. Maybe then I’d have escaped the farmer’s tan and managed to get a bit of colour on my milky pins.
There are very few shops on the island, so it’s very difficult to spend money on anything more than the essentials. But the scenery is beautiful and the people are friendly. They even speak a different language (Gaeilge, le do thoil), so if you’re not an Irish speaker, you might as well be in a foreign country.
What I’m trying to say is this: perhaps you don’t need a six-month break to travel the world. Were you spoiled as a child? Are you assuming that life is terrible just because you can’t afford the huge expenses of travel? Maybe a trip to the Cliffs of Moher or Connemara or Achill Island will give you the much-deserved break you need, while also instilling a sense of patriotism in you.
It’s not Ireland’s fault things are so bad for us right now. A lot of us are stuck here. We might as well make the most of it.
It’s just something to consider.
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