Why People Love To Travel!
Do you love to travel? Me too! Since many of us are self-described travel nuts I thought it would be very interesting to explore some terrific reasons why we love to travel.
What Is It About Travel That People Love?
For some, travel’s a dream that comes true once a year for the annual vacation. Often people yearn of a fabulous travel adventure like a few weeks in Africa or perhaps even selling everything you own and backpacking in Europe for a year! For some, travel is a sweet plan for retirement on a boat, an RV, with only your backpack or by train. I haven’t quite decided yet which one might be my favorite and I might even have to run with all of those travel plans in my golden years.
For me travel has been an all-consuming passion, my first love. My whole life’s been geared towards travel. I spent a year in Germany as an exchange student so I could learn a foreign language and travel (of course). I would work for a few months and save up, then head to Europe to see the sites for a month or so! It’s been a grand journey thus far, and cannot wait to see where else I can see for the first time.
So…Why Do People Travel?
1. To challenge yourself
Visiting a 3rd world country can have you count your blessings in life! While E. Germany (before the wall fell) wasn’t exactly the worst, going for about a week without a shower, was “roughing it” in my book. Then sharing a very “humble broth/soup” served to me and my fellow exchange student friends from our hosts with pride, truly impacted my life. Even the toilet paper was “recycled” seemed rough and felt like sand paper! Not much running water and sharing a toilet with 8 other students proved to be a challenge.
2. To enjoy new experiences
Just recently I made a fabulous trip to Germany. I was able to see Heidelberg (my favorite city in Germany) brush up on my linguistic skills and even check out Oktoberfest in Munchen, which was quite an experience in and of itself! This was something way outside of Sampson County, NC and so took me out of my comfort zone!
3. To find yourself
Where do you go to find yourself when you may be a bit off track? I tend to take a trip, immerse myself in the local dress and spend time reflecting. It’s a worthwhile event and one I encourage you to take.
4. To learn a new language
It took me nearly 6 months, immersed in Germany, in a high school classroom where virtually no English was spoken, to pick up the language. Not to mention my Host Mom and Dad spoke zero English so this made for some challenging conversations! I love speaking in a foreign language (or at least my humble attempt) when I travel, it gives you a whole new outlook on life.
5. To experience new cultures
Our family shares a love of travel and we now try to take a trip to a new country every year together as a family. Last year we visited Jamaica, Grand Cayman Islands. We discovered that once you leave the Jamaican port, it can get dangerous. That the locals live in extreme poverty and we do have much to be thankful for! I’m pretty sure we were all thankful to arrive at the resort behind large gated compound. We all enjoyed seeing a different culture.
6. To have fun
Travel is fun and lots of people travel with the sole purpose of enjoyment! Life is too short. I believe it’s meant to be enjoyed, so take a trip, relax and have a great time
7. To see new things
I’ve seen the Berlin Wall after it was opened up in 1989. I just saw the phenomenal Zugspitze last month, skiing in the Alps, we’ve enjoyed an exotic beach in Labadee, Haiti, snorkeling with the stingrays in The Caymans and Zip-lining in St. Martin. I don’t think I could ever tire of visiting new places, enjoying the local food and immersing myself in the local, enchanting and always different cultures on our earth!
8. To eat new food
I love to try new stuff! How about you? Have you ever tried conch? “When in Rome” has always been my motto. When in a new country, venture out, go ahead and try something new.
Why not take a trip this year, to explore a new place, to find yourself, and try new cultures? You’ll enjoy some sweet memories to stay with you for a lifetime!
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