Travel ~ Amazing or…Frustrating?
I don’t know about you, but I get pretty caught up in Wanderlust. Travel blogs and social media can do that to a person!
Scrolling through Instagram and various blogs, I am inundated with imagery and content from around the world that inspires me to travel. I get this feeling of FOMO (fear of missing out), and then I can’t stay put. I must book my next trip. It’s a vicious cycle. Booking your next trip as soon as you get back from one so you have something to look forward to and work hard for. But is this cycle really a healthy way to view travel? Shouldn’t you love home more than being in some foreign place? And why must we always lust for something other than what we have?
I struggle with these questions. On the one hand, I want very much to see certain parts of the world. I believe travel is an excellent way to grow as a person and gain some perspective. Being uncomfortable in a foreign place has a way of making you stronger. On the other hand, I am quick to forget the pains of travel. For instance; constantly waiting in lines, having people in your personal space, being in airports (long layovers or missed connections), sitting coach, paying a lot of money for everything, less than amazing food, body/digestion gets out of whack, etc.
The last day of our honeymoon in Croatia, waiting for the airplane with everyone seemingly cranky and ready to just get home too, I said, “Bloggers never talk about the annoying parts of travel. Like this. They make it look SO glamorous when really, it’s totally not.” Of course, your travels could be amazingly glamorous depending on how much money you are willing to spend. We are on a tight budget saving for a house so any vacations we take have to be pretty reasonably priced. We certainly are not traveling first class! (One good tip from loads of research: Costco members get really good deals on vacation packages with Costco Travel, https://www.costcotravel.com/ . We basically got our flight + car free by booking the whole package with our hotel).
There are moments when I am on a trip where I wonder if it was worth it, the money we are spending, the time we took off of work, is this the best use of our time? Then I have to just take a deep breath and realize I am getting homesick and that I really need to just enjoy every moment. Because when I am home, I dream of the vacation! Sometimes it’s almost like it’s not real when it finally arrives. Acknowledging these thoughts and letting them go is the key to actually relaxing on my vacation. Being present. Reminding myself that soon I will be back to normal life and wishing I was here.
After our last trip to Maui a few weeks ago, I am happy to have nothing planned for a while. Although we had an amazing time, it felt like we were constantly on the move for the entire Summer. Now that it is Fall I can’t wait to do fun holiday things and wear sweaters! Travel is important and really gets me out of my comfort zone. But I need to remember to have a healthy relationship with it. Using travel as a way to treat myself is good, but not as a way to “escape” my normal life.
WHAT DO YOU THINK?
What is your relationship with travel? Are you influenced by social media or friends and where they go? Do you feel the need to “keep up with the Joneses” when it comes to travel?