Author Topic: I donít want to travel (mostly air travel to far places)  (Read 3309 times)

SuperNintendo Chalmers

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Re: I donít want to travel (mostly air travel to far places)
« Reply #50 on: April 21, 2021, 09:11:29 AM »
I'm generally right there with you, OP. I am always happy to pack up and go camping in a state park. I hate dealing with airports. I was brought up very working-class, and there was never money for plane travel. Instead, we spent a week or two in the summer at my grandparents' lakefront cottage up north. I didn't get on a plane until I was 25 and embarking on my honeymoon. I think it is true that you don't miss what you don't know.


Somewhat similar here.  I'm 47, and the first and only time I've been out of the country was when I was 21, traveling to study abroad.  It was my first time ever on a plane, and I had not even thought beforehand about what a flight might be like.  The plane was mostly full of other college kids traveling to their programs, and I was trying to act cool, until the plane started zooming down the runway and I about lost my shit.  I was terrified!  I came THIS close to screaming, "We're all going to die!!"  LOL.  Still hate flying. 

Personally I've never seen the allure of traveling abroad.  It just seems like an odd concept to transport yourself thousands or tens of thousands of miles away to do stuff and see things, when there is abundance locally.  Plus it seems like it would be very hard to genuinely immerse yourself in the culture -- so many trips are geared to the "highlights" of the locale, while there is destitution just miles away.  But I have immediate family and friends that literally live for travel, so I get it.  Different strokes for different folks. 

On the environmental impact, personally I agree with some of the comments above that you have to look at your carbon footprint holistically.  If someone is not having kids and not eating meat, I don't think it's reasonable or practical to expect them to give up travel if that is their passion.  Does this mean we're all doomed?  Probably.  But I don't think childless vegans who like to travel are the main driver of our inevitable plunge off the cliff. 


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Re: I donít want to travel (mostly air travel to far places)
« Reply #51 on: April 21, 2021, 12:07:43 PM »
My daughter spent her junior year in Paris, and she said the most educational thing about it was that she lived with a Very Unhappy Family. So, I felt like that was a valuable perspective to gain, but she probably didn't have to go to France for it. ;-)

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Re: I donít want to travel (mostly air travel to far places)
« Reply #52 on: April 22, 2021, 06:11:18 AM »
My daughter spent her junior year in Paris, and she said the most educational thing about it was that she lived with a Very Unhappy Family. So, I felt like that was a valuable perspective to gain, but she probably didn't have to go to France for it. ;-)

No doubt. What Iím referring to is a frenzied travel to an foreign country. Study abroad type situation sounds much more appealing, as you get to spend time soaking in the culture and what itís like to live somewhere else.

Environmental concerns are up there on my list as well. We can all do our best to reduce our carbon footprint but the best thing we can do is to support policies and representatives that introduce legislation to reduce emissions and intact climate preserving measures. Thereís way too much emphasis and blame on individuals when what we do is peanuts compared to the corporate and government emissions out there.