People have this delusion that they have to be "rich" before they can afford to travel Europe or anywhere for months at a time, when really, the opposite is true.
To me the problem here stems from a lack of distinction between the terms 'travel' and 'vacation'. Hold tight while I get into semantics a bit.
To me vacation is about pampering yourself. It's about bringing a fistful of money with you and not concerning yourself with cost. Just treating yourself for the sake of it.
Travel is a bit different. There's a thin line between traveling to and living in a place. Travel is not necessarily an easy or glamorous thing. It's about the experience, for good and bad.
There's nothing wrong with either way of seeing a place, just a different attitude.