Everybody loves to travel—be it outside the country or within their nation’s borders, people love to pack their bags, ride a plane, boat or bus and just be somewhere else rather at home.
But, have you ever wondered why? Here are the reasons why you want to travel:
To say yes to adventures and challenges.
Travelling, for some people, is answering a challenge—the challenge of doing something exciting, being somewhere new and going with the flow.For people who have lived their life all the same, in a routine, traveling is like challenging themselves to say yes to more things, to being unpredictable and to being adventurous.
Travel is the ideal place to test yourself. It pushes people to their limits and gets them outside their comfort zone. More often than not, people who travel become stronger, resourceful, resilient and adaptable because of the things they have gone through and experienced.
Learning is not just confined and limited to a school, inside a classroom. People travel to learn—literally for global learning, while some learn from experience. By being exposed to many cultures, mingling with different people, many learn more things than they’ve learned while going to school for so many years.
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. Seeing the world is more educational than a high school or college class. Experiencing things first hand will let you know more about religion, sociology, history and geography.
Expanding their Horizon.
People travel to open as many doors as possible. Being in a new place, not knowing what will happen to open a lot of possibilities and many people like that.
By being exposed to new places, people, and cultures, you’ll develop a wider world view. And that will make you a better-rounded global citizen. Travelling makes them feel less confined and controlled. Meeting new people and building more connections as you travel is one reason why many love to do it.
Relaxing and rejuvenating.
Because of school, work and live in general can be a handful sometimes, people find their temporary escape by traveling. Maybe you’re not looking to escape your problems, some just want to take a break and hit the pause button.
Traveling for relaxation and rejuvenation is probably one of the most common reasons why people love to travel. Going places, meeting new people, eating authentic food and just not worrying what to do next—these things make people forget about the stress brought by their jobs, responsibilities, and other personal problems.
Travelling is always one way of celebrating a birthday, an anniversary, a promotion, an award—or anything. There is always a reason why. A special occasion is made even more special by celebrating away from the hectic pace of life at home.
Building and strengthening relationships.
Travelling is one way of strengthening the relationship—be it among family members or between partners. The shared experiences of it, the misadventures, the stories they will tell afterward, bring people closer. The bond that was built over travel is stronger than most.
By meeting new people, you can also build new relationships. Befriend the locals, your host, your tour guide and continue communicating with them even after you leave. These relationships make traveling so much better, knowing that you earned experience, as well as new friends.
Knowing yourself better.
As cliché as it may sound, people travel to find themselves. Soul searching is one of the most popular reasons why people travel. They want to be alone in a new place to discover new things about themselves. They go out of their comfort zone to test their capabilities and values.
Getting away from home also gives you the opportunity to reflect on your life. You have the time for yourself, to think and ponder about your decisions and other matters that mold your character and personality. You’ll come home knowing yourself better, and with a fresh perspective on what you want out of life.
People are not meant to be born, work and die. People need to live life—not defined by their jobs and salaries, socio-economic profile and legacy. Travelling makes life better, it actually makes life be the life.
Exploring another place will give you a fresh appreciation for the world, for the diversity of people, of languages, of culture and once your eyes saw the beauty of how different things work out in a perfect harmony, you know you have lived.