For some reason, people feel entitled to ask female travellers the most absurd questions. Apparently the concept of a woman being more interested in travelling than having kids and fussing over a man (no hate if you’re into that, you do you!) is the most confusing thing in the world. Questions from babies, to men, and money, female travellers certainly seem to bring out the nosiness in some people. So in honour of this unicorn status, I would like to share with you all some things I am sick of hearing. I am to polite in person to tell people how stupid they are and usually just laugh it off, but lucky you, today you get to read what I wish I had the balls to say.
1. “But when will you have children?”
Oh I don’t know, here’s a novel thought, when I feel like it perhaps? Imagine that. Making a life altering decision when it actually feels right for you?! What a concept.
Why must this always be the first thing people ask women travellers? I have never heard of a male traveller laying out all his plans and goals only to be met with “But when will you procreate?” Do you all seriously think babies is all we’re capable of?
2. “I don’t think your boyfriend likes you travelling so much.”
I recently told my boyfriend I am disappearing for a couple of months to go see Scandinavia and Budapest. His reaction? “Cool, bring me back something.”
My boyfriend supports my passions. Imagine that. Someone you are in a relationship with being supportive and understanding. Absolutely astounding.
3. “I think it’s time you settled down and stopped gallivanting around the world.”
I think it’s time you minded your own fucking business.
4. To my mother: “Well you will have to stop paying for her trips then.”
This was said to my mother when she mentioned at work how worried she gets when I go travelling. Apparently, because I am under the age of 25, all my trips are automatically funded by my parents.
Why didn’t anyone tell me sooner?! If I had known that I wouldn’t have gone to so much effort to save up $10,000NZD to fund that particular trip they were talking about.
5. “So how much did you actually pay for and how much did your parents pay for?”
Well I paid $10,000NZD and my Mother paid about $200 NZD in the form of various currencies as a Christmas gift, and my Father paid approximately $0.00NZD. Does this clear things up for you or do you need a full budget breakdown of where my money comes from?
By the way, how much is your mortgage? How much of it do you pay and how much does your husband/spouse/pet alien pay for?
6. “What? You’re going without your boyfriend?”
Well he can’t afford to go and I can afford to go, so I guess the answer you’re looking for is yes?
7. “You’re independent, which is cool but men don’t really like that”
Been around the world, still haven’t found two fucks to give about what men like.
8. “….but what does your boyfriend think?”
I asked, he said “It’s cool. It’s good you’re following your dreams blah blah all that nonsense.”
This is a literal quote from my boyfriend.
9. “Where does all this money come from?”
My magical elf called Tim.
10. “Wouldn’t that money be better spent on a house?”
Sure. If I wanted one. Which I don’t. So I guess no, no it would not. Why would I spend money to get into a boat load of debt that would stop me from travelling? Don’t be silly.
So there you have it. 10 things I’m sick of hearing and 10 snarky responses. Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure 90% of the people who ask me things mean well and are genuinely just curious, but it’s the same freaking questions over and over and over again.
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