Travel is not political. Of course we know their is a bit of grey area on this matter, but what does your PERSONAL vacation have to do with politics? As far I am concerned...relatively nothing. So it should be no surprise that images are surfacing of our former President Barak Obama kiteboarding with Sir. Richard Branson? He just concluded being the leader of the free world and perhaps before his next chapter officially begins, he opted to do what? Say it with me...go on vacation!
Here's something shocking. One in four Americans (with jobs) receive no paid time off, according to the Center for Economic and Policy Research. Employees in France are given 31 days of paid time off, Japan: 10 days, Italy: 31 days and Canada: 19, just so we are clear. But whats even more shocking is of the working Americans that DO get PTO, 75 percent of employees didn't take all their vacation in 2013, according to employment site Glassdoor.
So let's keep it real. The travel and tourism industry is a multi-billion dollar industry employing millions of workers worldwide. By simply going on vacation, you are in fact, making the world a better place. And what does our political climate have to do with the climate you'll be experiencing on a fabulous vacation? Nothing. That's right, regardless of your politics, travel is personal and can be extremely rewarding.
Of course, you already know this but I am suggesting you DO something with this knowledge. My dear friend Kim Jackson has spent the better part of the last five years traveling the world. While still owning her own business and her rental properties, she has managed to see the corners of the globe that most only dream about. And I think this type of globetrotting should be applauded.
Thank you Mr. President for reminding us that TRAVEL is literally the way to go.
I made a ranting video that has a lot to do with this subject matter, and you can watch it below:
I am on a mission to get you traveling more often. As the host of the nationally syndicated television television for PBS and the Create channel, Beyond Your Backyard, I travel (on average) 25 weeks per year. I am very grateful for the opportunity to meet cool people, experience new places, eat delicious food and work with the best production crew in the world. Hopefully, through this blog, you will join me on my travels and be reminded just how exciting it is to be alive!