Fourteen years — that’s how long I’ve been getting paid to see the world. Working in the travel industry, I've been privileged to visit exotic places most people just dream of. I’ve experienced a cultural riot of foods, sites, smells, sounds, and people — and gotten paid for it.
And what's more — I have yet to lose that sense of anticipation I get at the boarding gate or the flutter of excitement as I arrive at a new destination.
In my 14 years in this industry, I've become familiar with a few pervasive stereotypes and perceptions people have about travel. I can't tell you how often I've been asked, “How do you get to travel around so much? What do you do exactly?”
Some people are just curious. Some people seem suspicious. And a whole lot of those people are envious of my job description.
For some reason, people tend to believe that there are very, very limited means by which to travel constantly. Adding to the blanket of inaccuracies floating around our world are the articles about how "I quit my job to travel the world" or "how I went from tourist to traveler." Life isn't one-dimensional, and the "travel world" isn't some club you're just qualified for or not.
These are the three biggest misconceptions about travel that I've seen affect people's desire, ability, or willingness to go on adventures. If you want to see the world, start by letting go of these fallacies: