Sunday, October 14, 2007

Blog Action Day 3 - Why Travel????

With the exception of visiting family from time to time, I will never understand the traveller mentality.

I can think of a few good reasons, right now, why you should consider just staying home.
  1. Unless you are walking, odds are you are creating a huge carbon debt with your trip. That 'cheap airfare' to just pop over somewhere for a weekend has other costs.
  2. Chances are, when you are on your trip you will consume more then if you would have stayed home.
  3. You are not a better person or more interesting because you have been to a few places.
  4. If you really just want to sleep somewhere different, try trading apartments with a friend.
  5. If you stay home, you can catch up on all those things you just never have time for! Like setting up a greenhouse in your backyard or going to the gym.
  6. You are not going to learn anything by experiencing another culture for a few days. If you really want the experience, then move there. After a year or so you will get over the culture shock and will really 'experience' the country.
  7. If you really need a photo with yourself beside some great art or tower, you can always just download a picture of it and copy and paste yourself onto it. It really is just as good.
  8. There is a reason kids are terrible while travelling, deep down inside they know it is unnecessary.

I could go on, but I think this is enough. It is something that I feel very strongly about and might sound a little harsh.

Remember you can get away from it all without going far - just have an imagination. There is so much so close by.

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