With Valentine’s Day coming up, it’s difficult to not have relationships on the mind. I’ve seen a lot of blog posts about what it’s like to date a traveler, but not so many about what dating is like from the traveler’s point of view. I truly wish I could offer you life-changing advice that could save your relationship, but unfortunately, that’s not the case.

The truth is I’ve been single for 21 years (my entire life). It’s not something I’m necessarily upset about either. I’m okay with being single, because that’s all I’ve ever known.  However, my love of travel does make me fear for any future relationships. 

Here’s why: traveling frequently can make a person appear “flighty”, or unable to settle down. I have a very very prominent fear that this desire to go everywhere and see everything could one day be transferred into my relationships. I have a fear that if I ever have the opportunity to settle down with someone, I won’t take it, or if I do, I’ll be unhappy. 

Is this fear irrational? Probably. Am I worrying for nothing? Probably. Would I like to settle down someday? Of course! Also, on another note, regarding relationships in general: I talk about my travels and my experiences from them quite a bit. They’ve quite literally changed my life. However, I’ve experienced eye rolls from people when I contribute to the conversation with a sentence beginning with, “When I was in…”.

So, I’d like to point out that I am simply contributing to the conversation, and not “bragging”. If you think I talk about my travels too much, I apologize, but traveling is one of my greatest passions. If you can’t stand to hear me talk about one of my greatest passions, you can leave. I don’t need that kind of negativity in my life. 

Anyone else feel like they talk about their travels too much? Or do you feel the shift toward negative energy when you talk to certain people about your travels? Comment below!

Stephanie