Travelling for pleasure is a modern phenomenon. Before the twentieth century, few people undertook long journeys if it was not for investment or trade. Moving from one country to another was uncomfortable and expensive. Before vaccination became an everyday procedure, malaria and yellow fever presented major health risks for those travelling to tropical areas.
In our days, public taste has shifted to the
opposite extreme. From teenagers to pensioners, millions of individuals
devote their holidays to visiting distant cities. Airlines offer
affordable tickets to cross the ocean, inviting consumers to spend their
next vacation exploring exotic cultures. Who can resist their enticing
The fact that large numbers of people travel for
pleasure provides evidence of its popularity, not of its benefits. Many
individuals count smoking, overeating, and excessive drinking amongst
their favourite occupations. The enjoyment derived from those activities
does not automatically qualify them as advantageous. Judgement should
be passed on the basis of rational assessment, not of popularity.
Novelty without purpose
dogs and cats appear perfectly contented to move around without
purpose, human beings tend to become restless. Travelling dissolves our
routines and forces us to start from scratch. Encountering novelty can
be pleasurable, but too much of it leads to exhaustion.
your vacation in an unusual location guarantees that you will meet new
people and taste exotic food. For the duration of the break, you will
forget your routines and feel exempted from preoccupations. The idea is
that, since you have worked hard for months, now it is your turn to
enjoy a holiday.
Using your time wisely
On the other hand, if you are one of those who
loves his work and is inclined to introspection, you might experience
some doubts: Should you really be there? Don't you have better things to
do? What is the point of all these vacation trips? Are you not wasting
While exotic vacations are fine for some people, other individuals find them disruptive. Depending on your personal
philosophy and the type of activities you like, extended travelling might or might not be the right thing for you.
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