Let’s Stop With The Travel Snobbery

Let’s all stop hating on those who haven’t been able to go to the places we’ve been able to go.

Look. Everybody is different. Some of us are privileged enough to travel far and wide, to all corners of the globe. Others are only able to do local road trips. There’s nothing that drives me crazier than somebody who spent their recent holiday trekking through the Amazon with nothing but a machete and a guide to edible plants hating on somebody who spent their holiday lounging at a resort by the pool or camping in the local mountains.

We all have different styles of travel. We all have different things that make us happy.

Travel is about enjoying life. It is about having fun, making memories, relaxing, and perhaps learning something new.

Let’s all stop trying to one-up each other with our travels. Let’s all stop hating on those who haven’t been able to go to the places we’ve been able to go.

There are a myriad of reasons somebody might not have gone on trips as “exotic” as somebody else. Maybe somebody doesn’t have the money to go on such an exotic trip. Maybe they are nervous about traveling somewhere that is really different from their home. I always encourage people to get out of their comfort zones and experience a bit of the world if they are able, but honestly, it scares some people.

And that’s okay.

You should travel because you want to relax, unwind, explore, learn, discover, have fun, experience new things, enjoy time off, see new things or experience new cultures. You should not travel because you want to be able to rub your adventures in the faces of those who have not traveled as far and wide as you have.

Travel does not make you better than somebody else.

I’m on a current mission to visit all seven continents, and my “to travel to” list spans places as diverse as Iceland, China, Thailand, Botswana, South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Jordan, Dubai, Russia, Korea, Eastern Europe, Peru, Chile, and... yes, Antarctica. I’ve traveled all over Europe. I’ve been to Japan. I’ve been to Australia. Does that make me better than somebody who has only gone on road trips to National Parks in the U.S. and a week in Cancun one time? No. It doesn’t. It just means that I’ve been to some farther away places. That’s all it means.

Travel is about you, not others.

Where you go and why you travel is a very personal thing. For me, I’m driven by an insatiable desire to explore at all times. I explore constantly. I prioritize travel in my life because it brings me joy. When I’m not hitting up the far reaches of the globe, I’m taking weekend road trips and short flights to places closer to home and exploring those areas. When I’m not doing that, I’m wandering around San Diego and Los Angeles counties and discovering new neighborhoods, new restaurants, and new hiking trails. Exploring is what I love to do. That’s why I travel.

Your reasons might be different than mine. Perhaps you just like getting out into nature. Perhaps you just want to relax somewhere. Perhaps you’re into adventure sports. Those are different and valid reasons to travel and your trips will maybe consist of camping in the local forest, lounging poolside at a resort, or flying to the mountains to do some snowboarding. You should do what makes you happy. It’s your life. It’s your time. It’s your money. Don’t ever let somebody “shame” you because your trip wasn’t as “epic” as theirs.