Traveling in my 30s seems to be a lot different than traveling in my 20s. I haven't quite figured if this phenomenon is unique to me or if it is wide spread.
I can tell you what I have observed particularly these first few days on my latest trip since this is the first trip in a long time where I am living in a group environment, a hostel, and not in a hotel or a homestay. I have found that the constant chatter and the noise level of the 20-23 year old volunteers living in the same place grates on my nerves. The ones here complain about the housing because there are rules in place they don't like. Of course, none of them have ever been to other hostels where they have even stricter rules. I will say it isn't all of them but some of them.
The entitlement issues seem to be larger as well. I actually heard a girl argue with her parents about the fact that she should get to spend her parents' money how she wants because she wants to travel.
Also, every other word out of these volunteer's mouths is F this and Sh** that. I can't imagine talking like that in general or speaking to my mother that way or even bringing that topic up especially if my parents were being kind enough to fund part or all of my experience.
Additionally, all they talk about is where they are going out that night and what I want to do is go to a museum or see a samba show, etc. I have no interest in drinking until I get drunk and not being able to get up the next morning which seems to be the schedule at least 3-4 nights a week.
I think for me since I have always paid for all my experiences myself or have earned them in some way through scholarships or grants that the way these other volunteers don't take advantage or what is around them really bothers me.
I think even when I traveled in my 20s I am all about seeing the sites and not partying. I guess I am a different breed that way.
Before I don't think the noise bothered me as much and I could push it off. Now since I work in international education and want everyone to have a transformative experience, and maybe they are on some level, I can't ignore it as much and can only take it in small doses.
So I think it is both my working in the field for 10 years that is seeing wasted potential and me personal who has a different agenda for her travel.
What do you think? Have you had a similar experience?
More on Brazil itself later.
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