I will be taking a few days off from work as my residual leave from last year and there are few constructive things I have on my to-do-list. Instead, I was planning to try Cyanogenmod on my tiny phone because there are no regular Android updates for it and I want to get rid of the bloatware like the Facebook app, and GTA V is scheduled for the 14th. Other than that and some chores, I have nothing scheduled.
It was suggested I use this time to go on holiday, i.e. travel. While I've had some business-related trips, I've never travelled as a recreational undertaking. We were never able to afford a big vacation and that might have something to do with my attitude towards it today. I just don't see the point in going. While I should be able to afford one trip abroad, it would set me back considerably. More importantly however, I wouldn't know what to do once arrived. I am interested in foreign places, but I don't feel that I need to have been there myself.
I was recently clicking through Google Maps and looked at Cabo da Roca, the most western point of continental Europe in Portugal. It seems a beautiful coast once you get away from the tourists. I imagined being there myself: I would probably stare at the ocean for an hour and then leave. Would it be worth the effort to get there? Probably not. Same goes for the Treriksröset, tripoint of the Swedish, Norwegian and Finnish borders. There's a big stone there that you can walk around. I would probably do that once - but then what? On a more urban note, visiting New York or Paris seems exciting at first but what would I do there that I wouldn't do otherwise? The answer is nothing. You're supposed to experience a city you're visiting, but what is there to experience other than people in buildings going about their daily business? I don't think visiting foreign places, regardless of their historical significance or scenic beauty, would really enrich me as a person and make the trip seem a good idea for me individually. All my visions of it end with regret.
Maybe travel is more about being able to say you've been there to boost your social status, which is also why people keep these absurd amounts of holiday pictures. I don't have a "bucketlist" or peers to impress, so that factor completely eludes me. Maybe that's why I don't see a point in traveling. It's nice to get away from work for a while to clear up your head and get some stuff done, but I'd rather spend a day in bed than in Tokio.