When Did Traveling Become Elitist?

Over the past few years, I’ve notice a number of people making comments, mostly on social media, stating that people who travel are only doing so to show off.

The debates often go back and forth with many condemning those who enjoy being frequent travelers. What’s so wrong with taking full advantage of your vacation time? Americans are known for a lot of things and not using all of their vacation time is one of them.

Maybe it’s cultural or maybe the need to get away and have a change of scenery every once in a while is something that is instilled in us by our parents. As someone whose parents were literally always going somewhere, I knew early on I wanted to do the same.

Sure traveling isn’t for everyone, whether it’s domestic or international, but I see no reason in bashing people who are passionate about getting out and seeing the world. When I see people post pictures of places I’ve never been I get excited. I’m never envious and thinking, “oh they’re just doing this to show off.”

We all know that tomorrow is not promised so whenever I have the opportunity I’m going to take advantage of stepping outside of my comfort zone and trying something new. Whether it’s a weekend getaway to Annapolis (MD) or Atlanta (GA) or a vacation to Egypt or Panama.

I’m not traveling the world to put on airs or because I think I’m better than anyone else. I’m just blessed to have the time, finances, and opportunity, trust me I realize this. Life is too short to not make the most of it.
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