Things I’ve Learned: Travel Envy Exists

I am jealous of these people. I have no idea who they are, but hell--they are hang gliding in Rio.


Do you spend a lot of time reading travel blogs?  Do you Google image search destinations you’d like to visit and gaze at photos of people doing the things you want to be doing?  Is your Pinterest overflowing with boards featuring exotic locales?

You are not alone.

And somewhere someone is jealous of me, hiking in Nova Scotia.

Every travel fanatic suffers from travel envy.  Of this I am sure.  Even the most well-traveled person has someone else they are looking at and thinking ‘man, now they are lucky–I wish I could go there‘.  I really don’t know where it stops, but in my head there’s this ultimate-traveler-person sitting zen-like on top of a mountain somewhere exotic, being the epitome of all travel dreams.  And that’s the guy that the almost-happy traveler is envious of.

In the last couple of years I have had many, many people ask me some form of the question ‘how do you travel so often’?  And the thing is, I don’t think that I travel often.  I think that I sit at home thinking about traveling a hell of a lot more than I actually travel.  Yet people are envious of me.  Which is insane, given the fact that I’m sitting here with unopened Costa Rica and Iceland travel books directly to my left.  I’ll admit it–I spend many waking hours being envious of real round-the-world travelers.  Or even ‘people with more money, time, and balls than I have’.  And those people likely spend many waking hours being envious of yet more adventurous folks.  It’s a vicious cycle.

...or of me on a ferry off the coast of Maine.

And I don’t see any way out–other than selling the house, shooting the dogs, and heading out into the great unknown.  And I really don’t want to have to shoot my dogs.

So what’s the answer?  How do I live a travel-envy-free life?  Do I take bigger travel risks?  Spend more money I don’t have?  Or give up the dream?  Should I stop reading travel blogs, stop lusting after Budget Travel dot com destinations (that are anything but ‘budget’ in my book), stop pricing last minute flights to Lima?  Because sometimes late at night, I do price last minute flights to Lima.  In fact, I may just have a tab open to Kayak as I type this.  Don’t tell my husband.

Do you suffer from travel envy?  If so, who do you envy and why?  What do you long to do, where do you long to go, and what’s been holding you back? 


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