The title of this blog post might be throwing you off a little. What is travel?

Well, duh, it’s…travel. It’s obvious isn’t it?

You’d be forgiven for thinking this. But, when you *really* think about it, what actually counts as travel?

Does visiting a new city for an afternoon count as travel? Does heading to an all-inclusive resort and not setting foot outside of it count as travel? Does backpacking through Europe count as travel? Does a luxury cruise of the Caribbean count as travel? Does going to visit relatives in a different town count as travel?

Well, I think it all does. For me, anything that involves leaving your hometown behind and going to somewhere different counts as travel. Some of it just maybe isn’t the type of travel I’m used to or enjoy. This isn’t to say that any form of travel is ‘wrong’, rather it just isn’t my own personal idea of exciting travel.

All-inclusive travel

Some people’s idea of travel is to head to an all-inclusive resort and stay in the resort for two weeks. Without venturing outside a resort, you’re not being exposed to local culture, people or atmosphere.
what is travel

Sure, you’ll probably meet some local people serving you drinks or cleaning your room, but you won’t meet the friendly local who gives you directions when you get lost wandering around the city. You’ll miss out on talking to the local couple in the bar who recommend a restaurant you just *have* to try.

You also won’t get to experience the architecture of the place, the beauty of the landscapes or the truly authentic local flavours and sounds.

But it still counts as travel. You’ve left your home behind, travelled to somewhere new and had a different experience. If what you wanted was to laze around a pool or on a pretty beach for a week or two then you’ve achieved it. After all, it’s your hard earned cash to spend it on whatever you like.

I think there can be too much judgement from people about the types of travel others enjoy, especially this type of all-inclusive travel that involves not seeing or doing much. Sure, it’s absolutely not my idea of fun and not a way I’d choose to experience a new place, but for many people, that’s what makes them tick. I don’t judge people who have this type of experience at all.
what is travel

What I do dislike is when people who stay in an all-inclusive resort without leaving it come home and declare ‘Mexico is amazing‘ or ‘I didn’t like the Dominican Republic‘. How can you judge a place if you’ve holed up in a resort for an entire week or two? If you haven’t experienced real, authentic life outside a resort then I don’t think a statement like that really makes sense. It would be more accurate to say ‘X Resort is amazing’ or ‘I didn’t like Y resort’, rather than generalising about an entire country based on your experience ensconced in a resort.

On the other hand, when people go and stay in an all-inclusive resort but do venture outside of it to experience local life and what’s there, I think their experience will be much richer for it.

I’m not really sure what the point of this article is other than to say – you do you when it comes to travel. Want to backpack through South America? Go for it. Fancy a ski trip in the alps? Get the ski boots looked out. Dreaming of 2 weeks on the beach in the Caribbean? Bikini at the ready! Or just want a simple trip to a nearby city? Do it. Whatever style of travel suits you right at this moment, don’t be afriad to go for it. And definitely don’t listen to those who judge you for it.

What is travel to you?