Top 5 reasons Why I Travel
I often get asked why I love to travel so much. Or why I can’t just stay home and skip a year without going anywhere. The reasons are obvious to me but they are not always obvious to others. Here are my top 5 reasons why I’m hooked on travel!
Breaking the routine
No matter how many road trips I may take per year, a routine is a routine. You get up, go to work, workout, socialize and go to bed. Although I don’t mind having a routine (surprising eh?!), I do like disconnecting from it at least once per year. Traveling is stress free once you’re in a location. You get up and do what you feel like doing. There is no need to return phone calls, cook or worry about anything! Now that’s what I call la bella vita.
Learning About a new culture
I can read all I want about different cultures but the best way to learn is to actually experience it! Going to a country, talking with locals, eating their food and walking in their streets is the best way to both experience and learn about a culture.
Meeting People and Exchanging Experiences
Traveling allows me to meet people. I do indeed meet people at home but it’s not the same. In a hostel, you randomly meet new friends in your dorm room, in the kitchen, in the hallway or at breakfast. They normally don’t react when I tell them that I enjoy traveling alone and they don’t question why I’m in a hostel instead of a hotel. I don’t need to justify things that I normally justify when meeting new people at home. While some of the backpackers have traveled extensively and others are new to the backpacking world, traveling allows myself and others to talk and share our experiences. I may hang out with a person for as little as an afternoon, but that afternoon will forever remain engraved in me. I’ve spent countless nights just talking and listening to the interesting stories of others in random cities of the World. It’s great!
Being a Kid is Fun
Hang-gliding in Rio, elephant riding in Thailand or skiing in the Alps make me feel like a kid again! These are adventurous opportunities that arise when traveling and I crave these types of adventures regularly. It’s fun!
Sharing your experience
The best part of it all is to come back home (I actually do enjoy going back home believe it or not!) and share my experiences with friends, family and who ever else I may run into!