It’s My Birthday: Unconventional At 29!

Today is officially my birthday! A lot of people I know dread their day of birth, hate the fact that they’re getting older and would rather just stay in bed. Not this girl! This is my favourite day/week – that’s right, I have a birth “week” each year. A whole 7 days to celebrate me.

I love getting birthday cards, phone calls, going out for dinners, lunches and of course, drinking lots of wine with friends!

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Cheers to me on my birthday in Tbilisi, Georgia

As I creep up on the age of 30 (eeek!, I’ll be 30 next year) I get the feeling that people might be judging my lifestyle and I’ve already been given little “hints” here and there to start producing grandchildren.

With no baby in tow (or in sight) no wedding ring on my finger, no place to call home and no plan for the future, am I just being irresponsible in my old age?

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See, I’m responsible. I can make my own lunch! Enjoying the views of Jerash in Jordan

In my opinion, Hell No!

Nick and I may lead a very unconventional lifestyle, but who decided what is conventional? Our generation is a free-spirited one. We live for the moment, we want new and exciting things every day and we are the architects of our reality.

Why would we want to spend thousands of dollars on a wedding when we could put that money towards travelling? Why would we spend loads of cash on rings for one another that we couldn’t even wear in the countries we travel to?! We have no desire to have a mortgage and debt either. If we had a child, how would we be able to be free to do what we want, when we want? Who knows, maybe our opinions on these matters will change, but we don’t see that happening any time soon.

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In many parts of the world, I wouldn’t feel comfortable wearing a big diamond ring

We may not be doing what typical people our age are expected to be doing by western standards, but we are loving life, loving each other and possess total freedom.

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Enjoying the freedom of our life! Having a wine tasting in Stellenbosch, South Africa

So, turning 29 today isn’t all that big of a deal for me. I feel like I’ve accomplished so many things in my years of walking this earth. I may not have procreated, but I’m still a contributing member to society…well, to the travel community anyways! I’m doing what I love most, with the person I love most.

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Living life the way I want…while enjoying the views from Nemrut, Turkey

This past year has been an amazing one, filled with a whole new career and adventure. I never thought I’d be living and working as an English Teacher in China, but here I am! It’s been quite a ride and I can’t wait to see what the age of 29 has in store for me…something tells me it’ll be a good year.

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It's My Birthday- Unconventional At 29!

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Dariece Swift

Dariece is a co-founder of Goats On The Road, and an expert in saving money, finance management, building an online business and of course... travel. She loves meeting new people, trying new cuisines, and learning about the unique cultures of our world. She has over 10 years of experience helping others to realize their travel dreams and has worked in numerous jobs all over the world to help pay for travel. Her advice about long-term travel, remote work, and location independence has been featured on the Lonely Planet, CNN Money, Business Insider and Forbes. Learn more about Dariece Swift on the Goats On The Road About Us Page.

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