Stop Traveling to Escape

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Aaron Schnoor
3 min readMar 28, 2024
Photo by Simon English on Unsplash

I love to travel.

There’s a thrill in exploring a new place, an excitement that is unrivaled by any other life experience. Going to a new country or region is like unveiling a different perspective on life, full of different foods, dialects, sights, sounds, smells.

Traveling makes us feel alive. It makes us embark on new adventures, step outside of our comfort zone, and form long-lasting memories.

But what if we’re traveling for all of the wrong reasons?

We live in a culture that’s obsessed with traveling—for all of the reasons I mentioned above and more. If you open social media and scroll through your feed, you’ll see posts and images of your acquaintances living it up abroad.

Traveling is a wonderful thing. But it has become a form of escapism. It has become a method of escaping our normal, dreary lives.

Travel has become larger than life. It has become something that we worship and idolize, something that we have put on a pedestal far above our normal, routine lives.

We hear of people traveling to gain a new perspective. To find themselves in a foreign land.

But finding yourself — and growing as an individual — happens within, not necessarily…