There are a lot of ways to travel. Everyone has their own idea of what “good” travel means.
I have friends who will only vacation within the 50 states and others who prefer to travel internationally. I have friends who love cruises and all-inclusive resorts and others who hate them. I have one beautiful friend who says things like, “I will never, ever go to Disney World. It is so commercial and gross.” And I have another beautiful friend who would have gotten married there given the choice.
Some dream of backpacking though Europe. Others fantasize about visiting the Grand Canyon.
Many of us dream of both.
I know a lot of you love camping. Do you know what I love? Not camping.
I do believe there is a difference between travel versus vacation. The purpose of traveling being to explore and learn, the purpose of vacation to relax and pass the margarita.
I like to categorize “leaving the house for an extended period of time” into four categories:
2) Travel With Kids (or “Parenting In A Different Location”)
4) Vacation With Kids (see #2)
Some of our ideas about traveling is influenced by our age. A new study shows millennials are more inclined to travel abroad, foregoing standard vacations in favor of extended, meaningful experiences.
Which is all lovely and nice as long as we’re not being asshats about it.
I remember a few years ago someone was talking about wanting to go to Italy and I felt that feeling in the pit of my stomach when you really want to contribute to the conversation but you don’t want to be the white-girl humblebragging about her white-girl education trips to Europe. So I kept my mouth shut. The truth is that no one cares if you’ve been to Italy unless they’ve also been to Italy or are planning to go to Italy and are wondering if they should exchange any money. I am telling you this out of love, because I’ve been there. I’ve taken incredible trips and seen incredible things and had to face the devastating reality that no one gives a shit.
I know it hurts. Console yourself with the fact that you have been to Italy.
Austin and I have some different ideas of what it means to go away, which can make things a bit laborious. This summer our only plans to go away include a beach trip to Delaware with our kids and my parents because vacation (or “parenting in a different location”) is really only a vacation if you have help. And that is the truth.
How do you like to travel?