Do we, the new generation, refuse to grow up?

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When will the new generation settle down

Every once in a while people ask me and my boyfriend when we will settle down. Once we do settle down, they will ask us when we will get married and after that, when we will have kids. The big questions always remains:

Where are you going to settle down then?”

We never have an answer. Not when or where. At least not yet.

Our generation

You see, our generation isn’t used to plan their whole life around settling down. We were told to explore, go on adventures and see the world. The older generation told us to make the best out of now and most even say they regret not having gone traveling when they were young.Β  We have a whole world to explore, many people to meet and different cultures to learn from. We have dreams to catch. To buy ourselves a nice little house in a cozy village somewhere, would only get in the way of all that.

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Traveling and creating a family

Traveling nowadays doesn’t mean we don’t want to find our other half and not make babies. We simply take them with us. We still get married and have kids, but we see the world with them. Just think about it. How many people have you seen traveling with their family? Don’t forget that we also do work. It just doesn’t look like a steady 9-5 job in a building where you drive to every morning. We work, earn money and move to the next destination with those earnings until we find our next job. Actually, we kind of do settle down, but constantly for a little while. We stay put until the next adventures awaits us. The world is too big to stay in one place.

We do things the way we want to and enjoy it all till the fullest. We do this because we grew up with dreams and possibilities. Things that were handed to us by our parents and I am incredibly grateful for that. Traveling becomes easier and I can count the people who don’t travel on one hand.

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Are we such an unstable, crazy new generation or are we just building a life different from the previous generations?

I prefer experiences over pay checks, I sleep more in guest beds and on sofas than in my own bed, I spend more time traveling than planning trips…

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Ever since I left my home country I felt at home at any other place I went to. I enjoy getting to know more cultures by talking to strangers and hearing their philosophy about life. Speaking with gestures when you can not find a shared language, finding places only the locals go to and learn about their customs and values. Hanging out with local people makes me happy. The experience of every new place is a step out of your comfort zone where I like to wander around until it feels like a second home.

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