Everyone loves to travel. In fact, I don’t think I’ve met a single person who hates travel. I mean, I’ve met people who are unable to travel and others who don’t feel as though they travel enough. But I, honestly, can say I don’t know anyone who would turn down the opportunity to wander around a foreign city or countryside. As an undergrad, I traveled quite a bit throughout the United States but it wasn’t until I moved back to Raleigh that I had bigger opportunities for more substantial international travel. After dating Alfred for about 6 months, I realized travel was a very important priority for him. Taking off to a foreign land together and having a crazy adventure or five was one of the reasons I fell in love with him. Over the years my appetite for travel has only increased. I’m always grateful for the opportunities we have to head outside the US borders.But as soon as we return home for a few weeks, I’m ready to head out on another adventure. There are probably over a thousand reasons to travel. Some of these reasons are complex and some are simple. Here are 5 reasons I travel!
1) It Makes Me Happy
I enjoy having a routine here at home. It makes my days go by smoothly and it helps me get a lot accomplished! But leaving all of that behind and heading somewhere routines don’t matter for me is the best. Exploring new places, meeting new people, and everything else that travel entails just makes me happy.
2) The Unexpected
When you travel you should always expect the unexpected. You might become sidetracked or end up on a train going somewhere you didn’t plan. You might get lost. You might get sick. There are a million things that might randomly happen while you are having an adventure. The unexpected nature of travel is what makes it the most fun.
3) New Friends and Reinventing Yourself
We’ve met some pretty amazing people as we’ve gone from one country to another. It’s fantastic developing relationships in these brief moments of time. A lot of the people we’ve met stay in touch via Facebook. I love these fleeting relationships that develop into deep personal friendships. If being social isn’t your thing, you can always reinvent yourself. Try being someone or doing something you never dreamed of being or doing. After all, no one in the place you visit knows you. Why not try something new!
4) Moments to Remember
One of my personal goals in life is to live in such a way that when I die and my life flashes before my eyes, I am highly entertained by the plethora of experiences of my life. Traveling makes us more cultured, more educated, open minded, and appreciative. I have tons of stories from our travels like the time I was chased by a pack of dogs in the Irish countryside or the time when attended Black Party in Switzerland. These stories are things worth remembering and people love to hear stories that are interesting. Recalling interesting memories of happiness or hilarious struggle can sustain our contentment even after the moment is gone. Go, make some memories, and discover fulfillment of a different kind.
5) Learn New Things
When you go to a new land, you should approach it with an open mind. Even if you don’t you are bound to experience something incredible. See, traveling forces us into new, strange, and sometimes uncomfortable situations. What we take away from these situations can depend on our willingness to experience them. No matter what though…we learn about ourselves, the world, and other people.