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When travel envy rears its ugly head

Travel envy is real

No matter how much you travel or how often, there will always be times when you’ll look at someone else and get a little ping of envy. That condition is perfectly normal and happens more often than you think. It’s called travel envy and no matter how much you deny it, you have experienced it at some point. You know I’m right 🙂

Those who travel tend to develop a fondness for the activity. It becomes like a drug. As with any other drug, travel becomes addictive. Those who have been bitten by it, continue to seek it out. I am part of that club. A proud, card-carrying member. True story. As such, I know when the little monster rears its ugly head.

When others are travelling and you’re not

Life can be awfully dull when you’re between travel.  Especially when you don’t have the next destination picked out. Those moments become withdrawals and they are painful as hell. You are sitting there, looking at Instagram, reading travel blogs and are practically crying out with pain, because they are somewhere and you’re not.

This is the moment where travel envy usually becomes the most pronounced. You are looking at others who are travelling, their stories and pictures. It’s painful. It is so bad that it can border on depression. I’ve been there. It hurts like hell and it’s awful. The worst part about it is the fact that you don’t have anything planned. Not even a glimpse of a possibility of venturing somewhere. Nada. But you keep looking at those images, blogs and posts, because as much as you hate not travelling, you hate not seeing images from travels even more. Just like a drug.

When others visit places you want to see

When I read other people’s stories of visiting foreign lands, places that I have yet to see, I also get that little ping of travel envy. The little green monster rears its ugly head at those times and all my travels pale in comparison.

Normally, I’m a rational person who realizes that different people experience things at various levels and times that result from their actions and available means, but when it comes to travel all reasoning disappears. I envy those who have seen things and places I have always wanted to, but haven’t yet had a chance to. My first urge
is to run off and book as many trips as I can while packing my bags as fast as I can.

I know I’m not alone in this. How many times have you looked at some place you’ve wanted to visit, just to see someone else who just happens to be there or has been there recently? Damn you the person who is not me.

When others visit places you’ve been to and loved

Sometimes it’s also hard to see others post images from places you’ve been to and loved. They could be there at this very moment and all you can do is wish you were there. Sometimes this type of travel envy can be just as bad as any other type. Once you’ve been to a place and have experienced it, it’s a lot more difficult to see others enjoying it while you’re not. And this sucks big time.

I sometimes tend to look at it and wish I had thought to take that photo, or from that angle, or whatever. It’s so easy to compare. Have you done that? Let’s be honest, you know you have. Everyone has. It’s a trap and you know it.

First step is admitting it

I know that I’m not the only one who experiences travel envy. It’s a common feeling amongst those less traveled as well as those who travel all the time. The travel envy condition, more of a temporary madness really, diminishes once the reality kicks in. The reality is tat I enjoy reading about the travels of others and am happy that I can learn from their experiences. I gain valuable tips and insights, and see places though the eyes of others. After all, you have to find the silver lining somewhere.

Your mundane is someone else’s envy

It’s easy to sit around and sulk about not being elsewhere. There will always be a place you wish you could be in right now, but there are also others who wish they were in yours. It comes with the territory I guess.

Plus, the down time gives you an opportuity to plan your next trip. Whenever that may be 🙂

Have you suffered from travel envy? Let me know!


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2 thoughts on “When travel envy rears its ugly head

  1. EatSleepLoveTravel

    I get it all the time. Even though I usually have our next trip booked and planned, sometimes it’s just not enough. I certainly feel the envy pangs when I’m not travelling and others are!

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