There is a big difference between traveling and going on vacation.
Travel vs Vacation
According to Wikipedia, a vacation, or holiday, is a leave of absence from a regular occupation, or a specific trip, usually for the purpose of recreation or tourism.
Travel, to me, is more about discovering different cultures and expanding your horizon.
Traveling is harder work than going on a vacation. People go on vacation mainly to relax and get away from it all. People travel to see and try new things and experience a different way of living.
And there is absolutely nothing wrong with going on vacation (I have been on some great vacations): staying in one place, relaxing and enjoying the comforts of a nice hotel. But, it is completely different from traveling.
When traveling you interact with locals, you use local transport and you get a glimpse of what life is like in the country you are visiting.
“Real travel is not just about seeing new things, but also about seeing things with a new and refreshed perspective.”
This is an interesting article about travel vs vacation:
There’s a new trend of wanting to boast about one’s travels and describing oneself as having a case of “wanderlust.”
Travel is being integrated into a culture that values diverting from the beaten path, talking to locals and exploring an area as one of a kind. Traveling means attempting to blend in and wanting to leave as an altered and more educated person…
Also Read: 10 Signs You Have Caught the Travel Bug
Featured image: picture taken during my vacation on the Caribbean island of Bonaire, a perfect location for a scuba diving trip.