Dubai, Australia, America, it’s time people stop thinking they’re better than others because they’ve taken a longer plane journey.
We’re living in a time where young people are being shut out, patronised, called ‘lazy’ and not being listened to. Young people wanted to remain in the EU, but thanks to older generations voting Brexit, they’re now looking at a future they fought against. They’ve had their University tuition fees trebled, meaning most students are coming out of uni in their early 20s with almost £60,000 debt. Not to mention the fact that debt will never be paid off because well-paid jobs are ridiculously hard to come by without five years of experience on your CV.
Taking all of this into consideration, it’s completely understandable why the younger generation has decided to go and see the world instead of sitting behind a desk for eight hours a day, five days a week. But when people use their travelling experiences to assume they’re better than others, or as bragging rights, it in fact makes life even harder for young people who can’t do this.
when people use their travelling experiences to assume they’re better than others, or as bragging rights, it in fact makes life even harder for young people who can’t do this.
There are many reasons why people can’t travel (or at least not very far), and that includes young people. Mental health conditions such as claustrophobia or severe anxiety can make a nine-hour flight extremely difficult. Also, the thought of being so far away from home and therefore out of your comfort zone can be terrifying to some. Physical disabilities also get in the way of travelling, and as much as airlines claim they’re disability-friendly, they aren’t doing enough.
Money is also a major issue. If your family is happy to fund your gap year travelling the world then that’s great, but don’t brag about it to your friend who can barely afford a flight to Spain. Many young people don’t have families with money that can aid their travelling, and while jobs are severely limited, many of the younger generations are struggling to get anything secure and well-paid.
Holidays are great, they’re exciting, they’re relaxing, they’re fun, and they take you away from your mundane ever-day life. But if someone’s yearly holiday is to Spain, don’t put yourself above them because you’re going to Australia. Besides, some people can’t travel at all, never mind yearly. There are plenty of incredibly beautiful and interesting countries in Europe that aren’t visited by Brits because they just aren’t far away enough.
Everyone deserves to be asked about their holiday, no matter how far away from Britain it is. Hell, if your sister went to Edinburgh for a week, ask them about it, and show some interest. If your brother went to France for a week, ask them about it, show some interest. If your mum went to Cornwall for a long weekend, ask them about it, show some God damn interest.
The Millennial generation is moving forward with diversity, mental health, acceptance, but yet we have a serious issue with looking down on a person for “only going to Majorca”. We need to understand that travelling long distances isn’t accessible for everyone. We need to learn not to brag about being lucky enough to travel around the world, especially if it’s to people who don’t have that privilege.
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