My Top Five Reasons for Traveling

Hello, readers! It’s been awhile, and I’m sorry for that. I just made a huge change in my life. In August, I moved from Wisconsin to the Washington, D.C. area. The move took a lot of work and planning; and it has paid off. I love it here. There is so much to see and explore! That said, there is still so much for me to see. I plan to write you a tell-all post on the area as soon as . . . well, as soon as I get the chance to see more of it. In the meantime, though, I have a different subject to discuss today.

I have dedicated my life to the pursuit of travel. I go wherever I can whenever I get the chance. Even my recent move to the DC area was designed primarily to explore a new part of the country.  My love for travel isn’t a simple one, since travel can be expensive, complicated, and challenging. But, I have never been swayed from trying to visit one more place. Today, I’ll tell you why I just can’t seem to beat the urge to travel.

Paddling the Wisconsin River

1. There’s always something new to see. Travel is truly the antidote to boredom. Traveling to new place offers you the chance to see places, people, and things you literally haven’t before. And, the farther you travel, the newer things become. Plus, if you’re like me, you always want to see just one more thing, one more place. Needless to say, it’s tough for me to get on any return flights.

2. It’s a chance to pursue adventure. Among all the comical travel stories you read about in books by people like Tim Cahill and Peter Moore, there runs a common thread: that travel tends to provide the right conditions for adventure, if nothing else. Yes, you might get stranded, lost, or harassed (once I was stranded in a 7-hour traffic jam in the backwoods of Canada)—but you will always come home with a hell of a story.

At a stand-still in Ontario, Canada.

3. You can learn about other cultures. One of the coolest things in the world to me is the similarities and differences between people and their cultures across the world.When you really think about it, all humans are largely the same: we look similar; have families; and organize our lives around our basic needs, like food and water. But we are so different in the way we do so, depending on our location and culture. Pick any two countries a hemisphere apart; the differences are amazing. At the same time, so are the similarities.

4.    Travel allows you to get in touch with yourself. When you are home it is easy to get caught up in your life: your job, plans, family, friends, home, chores, and errands. Life is busy, and it is easy to lose track of you, yourself. When you are traveling, you must learn to get around an area, whether or not you speak the language. To do so, you have to use the skills you actually have, and be self-reliant. At the same time, surrounded by strangers, a person tends to look inward. While traveling, it’s possible to reconnect with the things you would connect to if you had the time normally, like art, music, food, or language. Travel is a chance to be a little selfish.

Enjoying Torrey Pines State Beach

5.    People are fascinating and beautiful.  I think there are few things more interesting than hearing a person’s life story. Traveling allows you the chance to meet people with backgrounds you couldn’t imagine yourself.  At the same time, meeting these people offers you the chance to gain some wisdom, whether it be simple travel advice or a reminder of what is important in life. All you have to do is be open and listen.

What are your reasons for traveling? Check out the comments section of this post, and please, leave some words on your own inspiration to see the world. Happy travels, everyone!

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4 thoughts on “My Top Five Reasons for Traveling

  1. “I have dedicated my life to the pursuit of travel.” Very inspiring! I travel to remind myself that the world isn’t just about me and my surroundings 🙂

  2. I am 65 years young and I am far from finished in the discovery. My children have always called me a Gypsy. (wanderlust) I think it is the vulnerability as well that entices us into the unknown. It is a place to be a child again, dependent, where every corner turned becomes an ah ha. I am in Mexico at the moment volunteering for a Christian Missionary organization, I will be in Hawaii in October (also working not just beaching) and Paris in December. Love that passport of mine.

  3. I agree with all of your reasons for traveling. I would add that travel provides the best educational opportunities. Some of my favorite memories are created by visiting art museums and taking tours led by local guides. Those are ways to connect with other people and learn so much about our wonderful world.

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