When I was backpacking in Europe, I met two Germans bragging about the number of countries they had visited. Remember the quote “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page”. You can use this quote as an inspiration but if you were to judge people who don’t travel or less traveled for some reasons- that is going to be different.
You are privileged, lucky you!
We were born in different countries and so we are not the same. Imagine yourself in a country like Afghanistan, where you can only travel to 3 countries no visa needed and 20 countries that allow visa on arrival. What if you don’t have a passport? In the USA, only 30% of Americans have a passport considering that it is one of the most powerful passports in the world. Does it make you feel more privileged or lucky enough to be able to travel different places compared to others?
Wait, what about those third world passports? With a lot of restrictions and bunch of requirements needed for them to process a visa without assurance of getting approved.
Don’t let them feel that you are superior. Can you be a new friend who can share tips and unique experiences you had with your previous travels?
You traveled one hundred plus countries, now what?
We could wish that there will be thousands of countries to visit. You can share thousands of photos on Instagram, and let your friends jealous with your posts, but we often did not realize that travel is an education, not just luxury.
“Oh Hafiz, your photos looks great!”
“Where are you now?!” “I am jealous!”.
Those were the words I often received from my readers and friends. But what they didn’t know was, I don’t travel fast. Countries will still be there waiting for me to explore. The best way to know the culture is to live like a local, at least, once in a lifetime.
Travel is not for everyone
After two years since I launched this blog, I learned a lot of realizations. One of them is that travel is not for everyone. As an expat living in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, I thought travel is easy as 1-2-3! I was wrong. I still have my corporate job because I need to work and save for my future and family.
Aside from the passport issues, we all have personal reasons that hinder us to travel. Some may find it “not the right time” enough to quit a job because of priorities.
Money. Money. Money. This is the enemy of everybody. But it doesn’t mean you need to give up. There are a lot of ways to save and set aside your savings without going bankrupt after a trip from Mexico. Don’t be a broke traveler!
I always remind myself. I always do.