Has anybody else become disillusioned with travel? Everyone shows off the glamorous side of traveling on social media when that's just a small part of the experience. Most of it is negative. There's the constant waiting, security checkpoints, boarding and deboarding packed planes, cramped seating with minimal legroom, surly flight attendants, long customs and immigration lines, currency exchange, language barriers, awkward situations and faux pas, hawkers persistently pestering you, corrupt police shaking you down, robbers targeting you as a tourist, food poisoning, motion sickness, uncomfortable weather that you aren't used to, crowds just about everywhere with 8 billion people on the planet. It's all so tiresome. Usually I need a vacation from my vacation when it's all over.
All for what? I can order all sorts of ethnic food in my city. I can date women from different cultural backgrounds here. I can use the internet or VR device to see the Eiffel Tower, Statue of Liberty and old dusty churches. I can visit museums virtually. I can learn about a country's history online. I can drive to beaches and nature. No need to travel across the globe for any of this. I wish I had realized this earlier in life before I wasted so much money on pointless travel. I would rather use the money towards a lakeside retreat home away from the city.