A Note on Privilege & Travel
In the past month or so, headlines from the news have been flooding my personal Facebook feed with bans, deportations, and the very real stories of people who had both hoped to come to America to those who were forced to leave. Reading through these personal stories makes my heart break. It also puts my own freedoms as an American born white woman, into perspective.
Travel, no matter where you're headed, is a luxury. Owning a passport is a luxury. Being able to leave and come back home, is a luxury. Not getting patted down, questioned, or detained at an airport if you look different is a luxury. While I won't get into the specifics of the politics, I mostly wanted to write this as a reminder to appreciate the privilege you have as a traveler.
Too often we can get lost in photos of sunny beaches, mountain top views, and the streets of Paris on our Instagram feeds. We sometimes feel that our trip wasn't big enough, immersive enough, far enough, or we didn't take enough photos. When it comes down to it though, anywhere outside of home that we are lucky enough to experience is enough.
So if you are sitting at home with "passport" still lingering on your to-do list, make it a priority. Even if you can't go somewhere tomorrow, know that you can.