So, why DO you travel?
I'm the kind of person who cannot walk over a set of railroad tracks without pausing to stare down them for a minute or two. I'm addicted to a view of the horizon, and tend to grow melancholy if too much time passes without seeing it. The reasons why it is good to travel are infinite, but if I'm honest with myself, the real reason I do it is because of an inexplicable, indefinible yearning for the road that is only quenched by packing up and taking off (and even then it's only quenched temporarily).
Everywhere I go, it amazes me how many people are satisfied with sitting in one place (I've met folks who lived into their forties without ever going more than two hours from their birthplace)....but what really blows me away are those folks who find it incredible that some people want to travel. My last boss just couldn't fathom why anyone would ever decide to go outside his immediate environs....now that just dumbfounds me!
“I'm not at my best when I moralize or philosophize. Logic is elusive, especially to one who so rarely uses it.”
The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page. ---St. Augustine
quote:Originally posted by aphexapex:
I travel because I simply can't not do it....
I second that! It's just always been part of how I want to live my life
1. Emotional serenity
2. Carpe Diem
"We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give."
zaab wrote:2. I travel because it rejuvenates my senses. It makes me feel alive when much of my home environment is often deadening, numbing.
As for me, I like travel because it opens my eyes. Having been born/raised in Malaysia and now living in US for near 12 years, I got to see two sides of life. I love National Geographic and Travel channel because it further exposes me to life outside my box. I want to travel because I don't want to just read/watch it. I want to be there, eat the foods, smell the air, meet the ppl, see the culture.
Freedom to spend your time living, not making a living.
Freedom to go where you want, when you want.
It's taken me a while to figure this out: you don't own your things, your things own you. Less is, in fact, more. Travel is one way to live unburdened (well, except for my backpack).
One of the other posters alluded to the wisdom in a favorite quote of mine:
I don't think people are looking for the meaning of life. I think they are looking for the experience of being alive! -- Joseph Campbell
Travel is a great way to have the experience of being alive.
And finally, the Beatles say it best: All you need is love. And there's plenty of that from all the fantastic people, like you, that I meet on the road.
Travel well. I'll see you out there.
My Nepalese porters' frequent comment upon too much mountain gazing with another 3000' vertical to go before nightfall.
Regardless of the image quality you see on the web or elsewhere, being "THERE" is simply different.
We believe that travelling (long-term) will allow us a means to live in a manner that is outwardly simpler yet inwardly richer.
Coming from the US where everything strikes me as bland and somewhat phony simply because I grew-up here, I absorb another country like a sponge. I've learned things traveling that are priceless. No small part is the travelers I've encountered. People with a similar mind-set. Several people close to me have expressed their desire to venture no further than their present surroundings, and when I digest that information and attempt to comprehend what that entails, then I truly understand the key to my travels.
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