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Dear Haters: Please Stop Telling Us To Stop Travelling

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Dear Haters,

Please stop telling us to stop travelling just because we’re getting married.

When we tell you about our travels and what we’ve been up to recently, that’s not us boasting about how incredible our life is. Travelling is simply our hobby. So when you ask us what we’ve done lately, our answer is always going to be: “Well, we’ve been to A, B and C place recently and we did X, Y and Z there.”

It’s our hobby. We know you find that difficult to understand but that’s what it is. It’s the same as you doing your knitting in front of the TV, or baking delicious cakes at the weekend, playing football or even just watching TV all day.

I was at a baby shower recently. When I was asked to tell some of the guests about my job, I mentioned this travel blog that I have on the side and thus, how often Scott and I travel. The looks I got were incredible.

They looked at my left hand and exclaimed: “But you’re engaged!” Apparently it’s difficult to understand that someone who is engaged to be married also likes to travel in their spare time.

I was also pointedly told: “Oh, but if you want to get married, you’re going to have to stop travelling aren’t you?” Now first, this was an incredibly patronising comment. I mean I’m 27 – I think by now, I know how to live my life the way I want to. And second, I don’t understand who decided that once you get married, you have to stop travelling.

Getting Engaged in Iceland

Is this really how life works?

We know tons of people who travel with pets, babies, teenagers, well into retirement even! Yes, they may have had to break from travelling during pregnancy itself. But what people are also struggling to understand is that once we’re married, we’re not going to start making babies left, right and centre!

I’m 27, intend to get married within the next couple of years and then after that, who really knows? We may not have kids until we’re 35! We don’t see how this is an issue, just as long as we’re both healthy, the baby’s healthy and that Scott and I are happy in what we choose to do.

Growing up, I had it in my head that travelling was expensive, difficult and couldn’t be done by people like me. I genuinely thought travel was only for the rich and famous! However, upon entering adulthood and leaving University, I’ve discovered just how accessible travel is now. If you have the right planning and the right mindset, and if you put the effort in to go out there and find the travel deals and work out your itineraries to fit in with working full-time, then travel can easily be done.

We like to think Wanderers of the World is proof of that.

So haters, we know you don’t understand why we travel so much. But please, stop telling us we have to stop travelling just because we’re getting married.

Have you ever had comments thrown at you because you travel so much? What was your response and how did it make you feel? 

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Justine Jenkins

Justine is one half of the married couple behind the Wanderers of the World travel blog. She lives in Bristol, UK and has travelled extensively within Europe and beyond since 2013. After her trips, she shares detailed travel itineraries, helpful travel guides and inspiring blog posts about the places she's been to. When she's not travelling overseas, you'll find her joining her husband, Scott on various day trips, weekend getaways and walks within the UK, which she also writes about on Wanderers of the World. Aside from travelling and writing, she also loves reading, crafting and learning about nature.

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