Why we should feel grateful, not guilty, about the privilege of travel

There have been times when I’ve realised all of the privileges that have enabled me to be able to travel as much as I have. It’s easy to feel guilty about having an advantage in life due to the accident of being born in a first-world country to a middle class family. Just being able … Continue reading Why we should feel grateful, not guilty, about the privilege of travel

The problem with being obsessed about travel

I’ve written before about how travelling can be addictive. I’ve also defended the millennial obsession with travelling. Obviously it’s better to be ‘addicted’ to travelling than, say, gambling. But if the urge to just ‘travel more’ and hoard travel experiences becomes the centre of one’s focus, then this kind of experientialism may lose meaning and value. … Continue reading The problem with being obsessed about travel

How travelling can turn into a status game

I’m all for prioritising ‘experientialism’ over materialism; that is, looking for contentment in experiences, rather than material things. Travelling might make you less materialistic, if it solidifies the notion that you can find more meaning and fulfilment in having new experiences than with buying more stuff. But even so, sneering at 'materialistic people' who are pursuing … Continue reading How travelling can turn into a status game

Staying open-minded and keeping judgement in check

I was always under the impression that travel broadened your horizons, in that it made you more open to, and tolerant of, different cultures and perspectives, and in turn, less judgemental about others. And for the most part, this assumption has been bolstered by all travellers I've met; they tend to be open to anyone … Continue reading Staying open-minded and keeping judgement in check