We love people who commit their lives to traveling. Nomads, that are always in new exotic places are cool. We look at their pictures and marvel at their lifestyles. We think they must have done extraordinary things to get to where they are. They deserve it.
We’re happy for people that finally go on vacation, after years. We think good for them, they deserve it. It’s almost commendable to take a vacation after being at the daily grind for so long, actually the longer the better. The more worn down you are when you go on vacation, the better approval you get.
But, a funny thing happens when you’re somewhere in the middle. People go from being interested in your travels and excited for your adventures, to a little judgmental. Instead of, “that sounds awesome!” you begin to hear, “another trip?” or a pointed, “must be nice.” Sometimes it’s downright awkward talking about future plans.
Now don’t get me wrong. I’m generalizing quite a bit here. I have plenty of people in my life that are supportive, and always excited for me to explore the world. They’re even happy to see my hundreds of pictures (usually of the same things), and hear all my stories to the tiniest detail (shout out to my mom). But, there’s always that jealous Judy messing with your energy.
I know this isn’t something that should bother me. I guess the reason that it does, is because I’m always excited for everyone. It’s so much more productive to be inspired by other’s travels than to be envious of them! When someone goes somewhere new and tells me about it, it’s an opportunity to add to my bucket list with some insider information.
The platitude that traveling is the only thing you spend money on that makes you richer is trite but true.