Several months ago I participated in a group writing project where several bloggers addressed the question of whether anyone can travel. Is a travel lifestyle reserved only for the rich or the lucky? Rachel Denning wrote that you have to be special if you want to have an awesome life like her family has. She and her family are currently living in Guatemala and enjoying a little hiatus from their drive from Alaska to Argentina. Gabi Klaf and her family are currently popping around South East Asia. She wrote that only the very special, lucky, rich, and perfect (like her) can travel.
Me? I wrote about pity, envy, and why anyone can travel.
Over the past week our family has been a pretty pitiful bunch. The food in our kitchen slowly dwindled away. We opted to leave the car parked all day on Saturday to conserve gas. I grabbed a few things from the garage and put them up on Craigslist to get a few extra bucks in. On Sunday I looked in the fridge at what remained and it was a pretty sorry picture.
While I was a little hungry, our kids never really noticed. They’d ask for juice and we’d offer water. Jackson ate a big bowl of oatmeal for dinner on Sunday night. And besides, me being a little hungry isn’t such a bad thing.
On Monday the dam finally broke when a past due invoice to one of our clients was paid. We went to the grocery store and presently our kitchen counters are lined with fresh fruit and veggies. There are a couple of steaks in the fridge I’ll grill later this week. I’m drinking my sacred coffee again this morning.
Had any of our friends come over to our house and surveyed our kitchen over the weekend they would have thought we were a pitiful bunch. When we spend 6 weeks in Central America later this year, they’ll envy us. But there’s a direct connection between how broke we were this past week and the fun we’ll have in Central America later this year.
A lot of people who enjoy all the trappings of home wish they could travel. They have 2 cars in the driveway, expensive TVs in their house that are hooked up to expensive subscription services, and a kitchen stocked with enough food until kingdom come. They have expensive cell phone plans, go out to dinner regularly, have gym memberships, and spend their Saturdays going shopping for new clothes.
They wish they could travel — but they have no money left to do so.
They look at our family travel lifestyle with envy, assuming we have all those trappings at home that they enjoy and travel too. But we don’t have all those trappings. We’ve chosen what’s really important to us and we’ve prioritized.
So don’t pity me because our kitchen was empty this past weekend. I had what I really wanted — 4 round trip tickets to San Pedro Sula, Honduras.
For more on this topic check out my aforementioned article, Pity, Envy, and Why anyone can Travel.
Here are all the posts my blogger friends who addressed the question of whether anyone can travel. Check ’em out.