Travel has been a part of the human experience for many years. We once migrated to get game to eat. Now, we simply go to the grocery store for food, unless you are a hunter or farmer. But even then, you probably don’t gather or harvest all of your meals in life. Traveling for some is foreign, for others a rarity, others a normal part of life, and for few a daily experience. Where you are from can play a part into this, as well your demographic background.
The pandemic has certainly got me thinking more about how travel has been, is being, and will be approached as a result of the virus. I believe the question of whether travel is a right or privilege has been brought to the surface now more than ever. Before the pandemic, travel was understood to be a right, but when borders starting closing, this was no longer the case. In order to travel, especially internationally, you were likely either a healthcare worker, someone who needed to get back home or to a place where you were needed, or straight up prideful, ignorant, or selfish.
“Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it?”Luke 14:28 NIV
Now, it seems like travel is being treated like a right once again, but it’s still not necessarily safe. This is why you are encouraged to self-quarantine once you have returned home. Going away sounds so great, but it’s best to count the costs of whether it’s worth going. You may have enough monetarily right now to travel, but do you have the patience, the energy, the time, and the desire to chance contracting the virus and deal with the consequences of contracting it due to the purpose of your travel?
“You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.”Galatians 5:13 NIV
Yes, we are a all “free” to do what we want, but in order serve others humbly in love, we should minimize our amount of travel, wear our masks when appropriate, be aware of the times we are living in, and use our freedom to do what’s best for all involved.
Aside from this pandemic, I believe travel should be and practically is a right, but, in reality it’s more of a privilege. Due to the costs of travel, limited vacation time for most who have traditional corporate jobs, and, in some cases, lack of knowledge, travel can seem farfetched and even impossible. These barriers, though very real, shouldn’t keep you from knowing that travel is attainable for most. Unless you are immobile, there’s hope for you to travel!
With this blog site, I give tips, stories, and encouragement that I hope will change how many approach travel and break some of the myths and stigmas that many face when considering travel.
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What do you think? Is travel a right or a privilege? I want to know your take on this!!