Why do we travel?


We travel to… 

  • Learn more about different cultures. In learning about other cultures we learn more about our own culture. We begin to understand how our culture shaped who we are and how we view the world.
  • See the wonders of the world. When we look at the amazing wonders of the world, we stand in awe of its beauty. But as Ralph Waldo Emerson said, ‘Though we travel the world over to find the beauty, we must carry it within us or we find it not’.
  • Experience different ways of living in this world. In doing that you comprehend that there is no ‘right’ or one-way of living. What is most important is that you are living and present in your life.
  • Create distance from expectations of others. To be anonymous. Just to realise that our expectations of ourselves are sometimes harsher than the labels of others. We can be anonymous to our own thoughts. We can choose to cling on to these expectations or we can let them go.
  • Enrich our life. Someone once said that travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer. That is so true!
  • Cross boundaries.  Crossing a physical boundary such as the border of a country is a freeing experience and can ‘facilitate’ the broadening of the mind process. However, the most difficult borders to cross are the ones we created in our mind.
  • Search for answers to our questions. After asking advice from various people. You acquire different answers (some contradictory) and sometimes even more questions. You realise that the answer is not out there it is within you. As Lawrence Durrel said, ‘Travel can be one of the most rewarding forms of introspection’.
  • Live our dreams and create memories. When traveling we take beautiful photos. Sometimes when we look at the pictures we discover that we were more focused on the picture than the memory itself. We begin to understand the importance of being in the memory and life. ‘We travel not to escape life, but for us not to escape life’ Anonymous
  • Explore and push our limits. Andre Gide described it best when he said, ‘ Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore’

Traveling does:

…free the mind.

…enrich the spirit.

…stimulate creativity.

…create memories; some happy and some frustrated.

…challenge one on various levels (physical, intellectual, and emotional).

…create perspective.

…cultivate gratitude and compassion.

…foster appreciation for your own country.

…make one long for home.

I experienced that the more I travel and explore, the more I learn and become curious about myself. However, it is not always possible to travel forever. This made me wonder how can we integrate travel in our daily lives without getting on a plane or car. I have some suggestions, but that is a blog for another time. Do you possibly have any suggestions?