If anybody claims to hate travelling, either they hate a job they have in the travel and tourism industry, or they’re forced to travel regularly as part of their job, keeping them away from the people they love. Otherwise, the desire to explore new places, meet new people, enjoy a different way of life and explore new cultures is an inherent part of what it means to be a human being.
That’s where the secret to enjoying a high standard of living resides, as mystified as the meaning of the phrase is often made out to be.
We’ll explore some other elements which come together to make up what can be referred to as enjoying a high standard of living, but enjoying the freedom to travel is one of them. One of the key elements of good living is taking advantage of short-term accommodation for your holidays.
The freedom to travel
Whether you’d be looking for a short city break and would therefore be looking to take up short-term accommodation in a city such as Bristol, or if you’d rather stay in backpacker’s elsewhere so that you can stay longer, the freedom to do jump on plane or jump in your car to get there is part of what it means to enjoy a high standard of life. The freedom to travel is a privilege very few people in the world actually enjoy, most of whom take it for granted because they can’t imagine living out their lives in any other way.
Ready access to basic needs
It’s perhaps becoming clear by now that travelling kind of brings into focus the full spectrum of what it means to enjoy a good quality of life. Even when you’re out and about, perhaps in some exotic holiday destination, part of your trip planning process involves making sure you have access to the most basic of needs. Clean water to drink, running hot water for a shower, food, the shelter you’re lodging in, etc.
These basic needs also constitute something we tend to take for granted if we don’t have to think twice about accessing them. You don’t really think too much about the quality of the medical treatment you’d get on the travel insurance that’s integrated into your credit card bill, for example…
Access to amenities
Often facilities which cater to our most basic needs are listed as amenities when you’re booking accommodation, but it’s the quality of those facilities and how accessible they really are which nudges them into the amenities list. Simply put, the more readily you can access a variety of amenities, the higher your quality of life will be.
We take for granted things like being able to use double-ply toilet paper or sleep on cotton sheets when lodging at a guest house in Clifton, for instance.
Control over more of your time
Material things ultimately tie you down to a certain location, to varying degrees of course. This is why people who truly enjoy a high standard of living, by any measure and stretch of the imagination, are those who have greater freedom to exercise greater control of their time.