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What is the Difference Between Vacation and Travel?

Travel and vacation are both great things. But, 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:

Your Wanderlust Is Inauthentic: The Real Difference Between Travel And 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…

Continue reading this article on Elitedaily.com >>


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Featured image: picture taken during my vacation on the Caribbean island of Bonaire, a perfect location for a scuba diving trip.

Sanne Wesselman

Author: Sanne Wesselman
A traveler, wanderer, digital nomad, and entrepreneur. Owner of marketing company A to Z Marketing.
I spend most of my time living and working abroad and use this website to share "the good, the bad and the ugly" of traveling and living abroad. Visit the About Me page for more info.

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