Travel Tuesday | Why I Travel

Why I Travel

I talk about travel a lot in this space- both traveling that I’ve already done and the places I’m still dreaming about going. I haven’t yet, though, talked about why I travel and why I just love it so much. So that’s what I’m going to do today. These are just a few of the many, many reasons I travel.

It changes me. My perspectives, my thoughts, my world view. Sometimes I visit a city and the way of thinking so different that it makes me see the whole world differently. I come back with new thoughts and feelings that I never would have had without travel. I learn about myself. Who I really am and what I want and need in this world without local society telling the answers to me. I have to find the answers on my own. And that, my friends, is a beautiful thing.

I meet so many people. Seriously. Especially with solo travel. You would think it would be more lonely but it’s the exact opposite! People are almost always willing to help out, have a conversation, and teach and learn a little more about this world we live in. Sometimes those conversations are almost purely hand motions and broken language, but those are always fun anyway.

It’s hard. Yes. It poses a challenge to me that I thrive off of. A challenge in the best ways. Travel forces you to be a stronger, more confident, and even more independent, person. There is no way to prepare yourself fully for the experience but to do it. It’s so worth it!

I feel the most free while traveling. There’s something about a long plane flight and new place on the other end that makes me feel like I’m free. Free to explore, to dream, to learn, and to be.

I grow so much. Every time I go on a trip, I come back a different person. I mature in ways that are impossible when you stay in one place. Travel forces you to become more yourself and come into your own. There is so much to be said for people who have lived and loved in multiple places. I know I’ve learned so much responsibility and flexibility on my trips. It’s just what needs to be done.

It makes me appreciate more. I appreciate the opportunities I’ve been given. The work that others have put in to get me where I am and the work that I’ve put in. It makes me more appreciative on this time on Earth. It’s short, but it’s long. Travel also shows me what’s really important. Money and physical things mean so much less after some experience.

Why else do I travel? WHY NOT?

I have no reason to NOT want to see more of the world. Quite simply, I enjoy it and it makes me a better person. Now, where to go next?

24 thoughts on “Travel Tuesday | Why I Travel

  1. Ashliegh

    I completely agree with you on why to travel, especially solo and “slow” travel. It can truly be an eyeopening experience when we aren’t solely in vacation mindset while we travel.

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  2. sarah

    I’m with you. Traveling is natural, yet I’m always amazed at how many people are homebodies and hate to travel. What? The world is wide and wonderful…. and I mean wonder-full! Let’s take in as many wonders as we can. Sometimes, it’s sitting in a coffee shop watching the “everyday” of another culture. Sometimes it’s looking out the window of a train, thinking about who lives there and what it’s like wondering if the people in that house are looking out the window at the train wondering who’s in there and where they’re going..

    I love to travel too!!

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  3. Ilona @ Ilona's Passion

    I love to travel too. I visited so many places already, I’ve lived in 3 countries. And I still want to see the world. I have couple more countries on my list to visit. Especially, now I want to explore Canada where I live now. And maybe next year I will see Norway.

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  4. Hope N. Griffin

    Great reasons! I love to travel. Wish I could do it more… soon, maybe. I especially love the reason that it changes you and makes you grow. It is so true. Every time I travel I come back different and I love it.

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  5. Amanda

    I love to travel but it also makes me appreciate home. I just got back from 2 weeks in California with my husband, part work trip, part vacation. We had an amazing time and the weather was perfect but I was so happy to be home. Traveling makes me appreciate the world but also appreciate what I have at home.

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  6. Natasha

    So true! I have a friend who says that when she is dating, she rarely asks people what they do for a living or where they went to school. Instead she asks where they’ve traveled. It tells you more about the person than a job or school.

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  7. Shannon Peterson

    I LOVE traveling for so many of those reasons! Even though we now have a baby and that comes with its own set of challenges, traveling is SUCH a character builder and can really open your eyes!

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  8. Jenn

    In recent years I have turned into a serious homebody, but from your list it’s easy to see why some people love to travel and explore!

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  9. Angel

    I really enjoyed reading your reasons for travel! 🙂 I can imagine that you would talk so much more with the locals when you travel alone, so you (and other solo travelers) have a unique perspective for sure. God bless! 🙂

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  10. Sonja Pound

    I’m completely with you on the “why” of travel. My parents have always, starting at a young age, taken us to many wonderful places. We would go to school one day and hear an announcement over the PA system telling us to go to the office, we were going to Guatemala… It was always exciting. I think I learned more being taken out of school than if I was in class. Real life adventures can’t be beat. Safe travels wherever you end up next.

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  11. Jane @ Limeade Gal

    I love to travel! It’s wonderful to see how others live and to take away a new perspective on life. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, enjoyable read.

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