My dream is to fly to Harry Potter World in Florida and drink butter beer. My purpose for traveling is to explore somewhere new. I read an article recently titled Let’s Stop Pretending Travel is Accessible to Everyone. This article spoke to me in multiple ways. An insecurity I have is that because I’m not traveling, I’m not living life right. I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels this way, but it sometimes can put me in a sad mood because of all the places I still haven’t been to.
Referencing the article, money is a big concern as to why I don’t travel much. My family isn’t upper middle class, so I never went on family vacations. Don’t get me wrong, I loved my childhood, but vacations weren’t apart of it. My travel bucket list grows exponentially of places that I would love to see in my lifetime. I have been saving like crazy to help make these dreams a reality. When you have to budget within your family, traveling becomes very low on your list of priorities.
The second point this article makes is budgeting may not be enough. Time off from work is huge. If you’re lucky, you get paid for being on vacation, but this is mostly a myth. That’s a lot of money to lose for a week of fun. The airfare is also heartbreaking to see. I casually glance at flight prices and it always saddens me. Budgeting is a great skill to learn and I wish I could do this to travel the world.
Finally, this article mentions privilege. I’m a white, cis woman. I don’t have to fear that I’m going to be not allowed in a country because I’m trans. I’m also straight, so I don’t have to fear being targeted for being gay. America has come a long way for gay rights, but other countries are so far behind. I’m lucky because I may be safer off in other countries aside from other groups of people.
Instead of shaming someone for not traveling, understand their reasons why they don’t. My biggest advice to combat the travel shaming is to appreciate the little trips (like Chicago SO MUCH FUN! 😀 ) and to focus on my small goals like graduating college in a couple months. Traveling is so amazing, I’m just not at a point in my life where I can commit to it. Harry Potter World will happen, just not right now.