After starting this tumblr a few weeks ago, I noticed something particularly frightening about the internet, mainly stumbleupon, and traveling:
We all seem to be under the impression that there are two ways to travel—either in cheap and frugal scatterbrained roaming or in the lap of luxury.
I’ve seen this all too often. Television programs and movies about how to really travel, with beautiful villas the protagonist just happens to have connections with (I’m looking at you Woody Allen. Javier Bardem does not just show up to woo a couple of grad students and then ask one of them to live in his huge studio), bombard us with ideas as how to properly travel.
I’m calling BS on this one.
Yes, you should take that wonderful vacation or cruise. Go enjoy a resort with infinity pools in every room on every floor. Relax and enjoy yourself, but don’t kid yourself.
Really? An infinity pool in every room?
The beautiful, rich and lush hotels or scenery are specifically catered to your level of income, and you are robbing yourself of better experiences by only traveling to places that expect and, eventually, manipulate your sense of the surrounding area.
Point being, this idea of luxury travel eliminates a true spectrum of experience available in the city, town, or country you’re visiting.
On the other hand, like dreaming of resorts across the continents, backpacking it up can achieve the exact same mentality in reverse. By extremely roughing it, you’d miss the wonderfully, historically rich expeditions of ages like the Orient Express.
I’m guessing no one has been murdered yet…
Truth being, traveling should never become a restricted concept within your mind. Vacationing, backpacking, and road-tripping are only portions of a greater movement within the globe. Participate in all varieties, and don’t weigh yourself down with dreams of one of the other. Take a trip across your town to a park. Drive thirty minutes, or more, out into the country. Walk around the neighborhood for a bit. Drop everything for a month long journey in India. Visit your friend across the country for a week, or even a weekend.
All of these are different versions of a need to interact with our world in a greater sense. Embrace them.