My first cruise ever was in high school, when I invited myself to my best friend’s annual family reunion. They had plans to sail to Nassau, Bahamas and, because I was more or less family, they let me come with. It was a great time, but high school was years and years ago so when Royal Caribbean reached out to me about sailing on their newly-renovated Mariner of the Seas I. was. pumped.
There’ve been a ton of articles floating around the internet lately arguing that travel is classist and only available to people with lots of time and money. These articles struck a chord with me mainly because they misconstrue everything about what it means to travel, often mistaking it for expensive vacations.