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13 Reasons why I Travel
1. When I travel I challenge myself.
Sometimes I crave New experiences and new challenges. Something exciting and different, and I feel that travel is the ideal way to test myself. It pushes me to my limits and gets me outside my comfort zone.
You discover how resourceful you are when you’re exposed to new places, people and experiences. Maybe it’s finding your way around a busy city. (I’m still learning how to find my way around Nairobi. I know.) Or ordering a meal when you don’t speak the language. (It could even be that Chinese restaurant somewhere) Or zip-lining. Or even rafting. Or maybe hiking in the hot sun for the whole day; not to mention walking endlessly on a railway line covered in gravel that threatens to tear at your soles and braving the strong cold wind that passes by and takes away all the moisture from your face, then having to pitch a 6-man tent on a really rocky site. I know some people can relate.
I feel pride when I finish my trip successfully. Overcoming challenges brings me joy and energy for future tests. I realize how capable I am and build my confidence.
2.When I travel, I learn.
Learning is a strong reason why I love to travel.
Whenever I travel, I want to experience something unfamiliar and leave with new skills or knowledge. Seeing the world is more educational than a high school or college class. This condensed crash course in discovering how the rest of the world lives actually will cover subjects like history, geography etc etc.
Every destination has something unique to teach visitors, and immersing themselves in a completely different world is the best learning experience.
People may travel to learn something specific: a new language, a new cuisine, aspects of a different culture, or a deeper appreciation of faith or spirituality. As a bonus, they’ll take away more than their specific goal. They’ll discover totally different ways of doing things. They’ll also gain awareness of new customs, cultures, people and places. And because you’re actually experiencing this learning in real life, not reading it in a textbook, it will stay with you for a long time. You’ll gain a deep sense of satisfaction with the new skills you’ve learned – and new insights you’ve gained.
By being exposed to new places, people and cultures, you develop a wider world view.
3. When I travel, my perspective expands.
Another reason why I love to travel: it helps open your mind. Lately, I have come to realize that there’s no one way to live life.
Meeting people from other places has shown me that my world view isn’t the same as everyone else’s. You can’t imagine how different life is in another place until you see for yourself. Everything from work to family to beliefs to interests is not what you might expect from your own experience.
The different setting also helps me discover and consider fresh ideas I hadn’t thought of before. I get back home with different notions and possibilities.
By being exposed to new places, people and cultures, I develop a wider world view. And that makes me, in one way or another, a better-rounded global citizen. It’s a great reward and big reason why I Love to travel.
4. When I travel I get in touch with myself
Getting away from home gives me the opportunity to reflect on my life. I have the needed time and space to let my mind wander and take stock.
Traveling is one of the best ways to learn more aboutmyself and brings a new set of issues and opportunities. The way I handle those also gives me some kind of insight into who you are. I get back home knowing myself better, and with a fresh perspective on what I want out of life. The experience changes my life.
(This one sounds really mature, doesn’t it?)
5. By travelling I’ve learnt to appreciate my life.
When you’re used to your daily life, it’s easy to lose sight of what you have. Your eyes aren’t open to what’s really special about your home. Exploring another place will give you a fresh appreciation for your hometown, country and “real life.” Once you’re back, you’ll feel lucky to live where you do. You’ll see that there really is no place like home.
6. Travelling builds and strengthens relationships
The shared experience of travel brings people together. A family getaway or a long weekend with your feiends can strengthen important bonds.
That travel could be a family vacation, or it could be parents and children going acrossthe country to visit grandparents at their home.Whatever it looks like, travel is an opportunity to connect with each other. It may even smooth over any family grudges and build happier relationships.
Travel is a special way to deepen friendships as well. Whether it’s a quick drive to a lake or a hill climb or whatever. Or even maybe a local Or international trip with your highscool friends, travel will remind you why you became friends with them in the first place, and how good it is to spend focused time together.
Travel is also a great opportunity to make new friends – either fellow travelers or locals. Meeting and befriending new people is a valuable travel benefit. And once you’ve bonded, new possibilities for future travel unfold – either to visit them or journey with them.
7. It’s all about the Adventure!
Conquering fresh territory is exhilarating – and one more reason why I love to travel. Humans crave new experiences and travel lets us tap into that craving.
A trip is the perfect time to do something different and exciting, especially something you can’t do at home. The thrill starts the minute you land in a new place.
Conquering that territory could be trying spicy street food or conversing orally with your rusty knowledge of maasai greetings.
Or it could be a physical experience, like scuba diving or rafting or even hiking. You’ll have lots of fun. You’ll revel in the rush you get from your exploits. You’ll feel a sense of accomplishment. And you’ll return home with the best souvenir of all: a memory of your incredible adventure.
8. To travel is to escape.
People seek from their travels what they don’t have back home: better weather, nicer scenery, the freedom to do what they want, experiences they can’t normally have, a slower relaxing pace.
Travel has the power to let you not only escape but also heal. A new place with lots of fun distractions can work wonders. You’ll return home more at peace with yourself and your challenging situations.
A relaxing setting and good weather are common ingredients for a trip foused on relaxation.
9. Travel is relaxing and rejuvenating.
Maybe you’re not looking to escape your problems. But everyone can benefit from a break from our usual diets of all work and no play. You may not realize how much you need to disconnect from the ever-present pressure of being available by phone, email or social media.
A restful vacation is just what you need to renew yourself.
A relaxing natural setting and good weather are common ingredients for the R&R-focused trip. But everyone’s idea of the perfect rejuvenating vacation is different. One person might want to trek through a rain forest. Another may want to lie poolside at a resort.
What should you do when you’re there? Nothing, really. Relax and be present in the moment. Let sensations like the lapping water and the warmth of the sun, along with the sound of waves, recharge your batteries. Live day to day: focus on where you want to go sightseeing (if you decide to leave the beach), what activities you want to pursue (if any), what you’re going to eat, what souvenirs you want to buy. Travel helps your mind and body reboot in a way you can’t achieve at home.
There’s always a happy reason to take a trip. It could be a landmark birthday or anniversary. A graduation. A wedding – or pre-wedding festivities. Even a babymoon before a little one arrives.
A special occasion is made even more special by celebrating away from the hectic pace of life at home. It’s also a good way to gather family and friends from distant corners to mark the milestone. Celebration vacations provide a lasting benefit as well: shared memories for a lifetime.
Wanderlust is a strange word but what does it mean? Descended from the German word ‘Wandern’ meaning to walk and ‘Lust’ which is described as ‘A very strong or irresistible impulse’. In short it means that you travel because you have the urge to. You may not have one particular factor that made you book a flight. All you know is that you want to travel and you want to travel NOW!
12. Bucket list!!!
Bucket List is a list of places where one wishes to visit before death.I’m not a fan of a bucket list, but I’m not completely against one. In fact, I’m currently working on mine. Sometimes its good to have one, you ll know better where to visit and where not to.Many of these bucket list sights are the main tourist attractions of a country.
13.To meet new people
Travel gives you the opportunity to get out there and meet far more people than you would at home. Meeting and discovering new people is one of the most interesting benefits of travelling. You can find friends for life type of people. Its really great for someone who finds it difficult to find friends and may meet people of his opinions in some other part of the world. People you meet while travelling usually become some of the most valued ones in your address book, giving you points on the map to visit. These folks give you a glimpse outside your hometown circle of friends, forcing you into new and refreshing perspectives on things in this world to explore.