“Just quit your job and go traveling. You have nothing to be scared of,” a friend posted on Facebook on returning from a year abroad.  Another traveler friend shared a popular quote from St Augustine: “The world is a book and those who don’t travel only read one page.” The other day, an acquaintance told me he finds people who’ve traveled to be more pleasant than individuals who haven’t. “If you ask me,” he said, “everyone should spend at least one year traveling.”

There’s an implication here that people who don’t travel lack a sense of adventure, that they simply need to be braver and venture out into the world. But it’s patronizing – ignorant, even – to imply that this is the only thing keeping people from traveling. It isn’t. Here’s a few other things that hold people back:

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