We are not wealthy by any stretch of the imagination, but have traveled to much of Europe, a little of Africa and all but 9 of the United States. We are in our early 30's, and we live unlike anyone we know. Rather than spending money on SUVs or a large house, we live below our means and redirect the extra money to travel.
For those who I meet who really don't have the money to travel like we do, and have no way of getting it, there is still travel to be had. When we were first married, we were broke, as normal college students tend to be. But still, we traveled within our means. One weekend we went only an hour away to Natchitoches, LA and visited the old French fort there, played mini-golf and ate at Ryan's. We ended up with a private tour of the fort with a cute little old lady, dressed up in pioneer garb, leading us around and storytelling as only these type of people can.
Most recently, while visiting my home town of Lafayette, LA, we had an extra afternoon, and decided to head down to St. Martinville, where the Evangeline tree of the Longfellow poem still resides, and ended up in a museum dedicated to the Acadians. There was a presentation at the end of the museum that brought us to tears. And this was only about 20 minutes from where I grew up. In 5 years, I won't remember much else about that visit, but I will remember St. Martinville and Evangeline.
But, as I have proven above, you can have memorable travel experiences just worked into your everyday life and on weekends. We see every time we leave town as an opportunity to stretch our travel legs. Even within our town, we make sure to see the attractions, which can make for a memorable afternoon or evening. Although, we have yet to make it down to the Hank Williams Museum downtown. Eventually...
Without travel, I would have never known that I LOVE Indian food, that, for some reason, my brain picks up the Italian language more quickly than others, and I wouldn't have met amazing people who have helped to shape my view of the world.