Let me apologize in advance for the rant, but I’ve had enough of negative people all over the Internet complaining about how they can’t afford to travel because of one thing or another. I see them all the time in the comment sections of travel articles. They usually dismiss what the article actually says about travel, then make that oh-so-common claim that only rich people can travel.
Yes, life is not fair. But if you can read articles online and post comments, you’re already ahead of a large portion of the world population: you can read and write, you can use a computer, you have Internet connection — these are all valuable assets. Think about what you do have; not what you don’t have that others do.
We all have personal circumstances we can’t control. I’m not saying “anyone can travel” because there are some people who obviously can’t, whether it’s because of health issues, family obligations, money worries or visa / immigration problems.
But please try to entertain the thought that maybe, just maybe, you’re not one of these people and that maybe you “can’t travel” simply because it’s not a priority for you — which would be completely fine. (FYI, there are people with big student loan debts and disabled people who travel.)
If travel is a priority for you, in most cases there are ways for you to make it happen. Maybe you won’t be able to stay at five-star resorts; maybe it won’t happen any time soon; maybe it will take years before you can even start to seriously make travel plans.
But in all probability, you can start thinking, “Hey, maybe it will be possible for me to travel one day.” Then when you’re ready, you can work out the details and start working toward that goal.