For some, travel is an unthinkable luxury firmly out of reach when there are bills to be paid, loans to be serviced, others to be accountably present for (children, partners, family, etc), rent to be paid, and it goes on.
(When it comes down to paying to jump on a flight or putting food on the table, which do you think would come first?)
Which is why I find cliched phrases such as " Quit your job and travel the world " " How bad do you want it? " to be incredibly lacking in tact and realism.
Today, I am sharing two of my experiences regarding travel privilege.
It was 2015.
I had gone to Thailand for my Open Water Diving certification. The course took 4 days, with an underwater videographer following us around on our dives. At the end of the course, the footage was compiled into a short video for our group of 5. The video would cost 60USD, but could be split among the number of people paying for it. I didn't see the point of paying for a video I would proably watch a couple of times and then forget about, so I opted out. A Norwegian boy in my group got annoyed at me
" It's only 12USD, what's the matter with you? "
It was 2016. I was in Indonesia and met a young American couple who were teaching English in Korea. We were talking about countries in the region, and he asked me if I had ever been to Taiwan. I mentioned that I had not
" YOU'VE NEVER BEEN TO TAIWAN? What on EARTH are you KIDDING me? You HAVE to get yourself out there ASAP! "
Travel is not a necessity and it's ok if you enjoy it - just don't make the rest of us feel bad because we can't.