“For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” – Robert Louis Stevenson
As I sit here wondering why it is I travel I note that there is no one sole reason, just like there is no one universal reason for everyone else to travel. The truth is people all have their own reason, their own agenda and their own journey to follow. Some may say that that they are born with the “travel bug”, others say they had nothing to lose and others travel distances just to survive. Its is in our blood to wander, to seek and find new things.
Whilst on an adventure I often love to people watch, wondering how they have ended up where they are, what their hopes and aspirations are, whether they have achieved what they set out to achieve and what their end destination is.
I have a myriad of reasons, a reason for each adventure. Even if the reason is merely opportunistic, you may not know it but in some way, shape or form there is a reason you took that opportunity. For no one goes on a journey and returns totally the same person. It is impossible.
Reasons I have come to realise are part of the excitement, part of the push to wander further and experience new things. Without the reason there is no why, there is no need and therefore there is no go.
Reasons I have travelled are notable different for each trip, in the past they have included:
Rebellion from societal conform, rebellion from the parentals or powers that be, rebellion from life; from friends; rebelling against your own fear and limitations or just plain sticking it to the world and taking a time out from life is a rebellion. Sometimes defiance is what pushes us to say “you know what…. No I am not doing that, I want to do this!” In these crucial times of rioting against conform that people normally step outside their own fear barrier and decide to flip their world on its head. What better way then to buy a plane ticket?
Fear of missing out, fear of not living the life we imagined, fear of being trapped, fear of being misunderstood or miseducated about the world, fear of dying unfulfilled, fear of making wrong decisions… just fear in general really.
If you never travel what do you have to fear you say well, what if you didn’t travel? Not travelling means not knowing, and not knowing means having no idea what we are truly capable of. Fear is the single highest killer of dreams and ambitions there are so why wouldn’t you want to conquer instead of living as not knowing?
Heartbreak/ broken relationships/ life choices
Everybody had gone through something that has changed them so they can never go back to the person they once were. This is life, and although it may seem like running away, sometimes removing yourself from a situation or place can open your mind to fresh perspectives. Life at the best of times is a beautiful mess but one must always remember they are not the only person nor will they be the last to go through it. Travelling/ Adventuring/ journeying clears the head, it allows people to realize they are not that bad off and that there are bigger things out there to experience. Whether you party it up on the beaches of Thailand, go on a spiritual healing mission in India, bus around Europe with a bunch of people or simply go camping in your home state; healing in due course will come. There is no right or wrong way to do it; the best way is to be uncomfortable and hurt to find who you really are.
Youth/ discovering yourself
Have you ever been told what you should or shouldn’t do? Do you listen or do you not? When I was fresh out of high school I know I never listened, I booked a flight to London inclusive of the mandatory Europe contiki tour and headed out on my own at the ripe old age of 18. Why???….. because I didn’t want to grow up. People all around the world, pack up their things and go to experience life, the pure adrenaline of going places for yourself, experiencing, living, seeing and breathing in sites you see on social media, TV or from others adventures are something you can experience for yourself and now is the time.
If you fear your life lacks lackluster then only you can reeducate yourself and find out what it is that will fulfill you.
There is no limitation to how old you need to be to purchase a plane ticket, a cruise ticket or even a bus ticket. If you have always wanted to do something you will find a way, that is the truth of it.
Timeout/ a break
Annual leave if you are lucky to receive it no matter how many days you save, it never seems to be enough time away! People across the globe, all have an ideal holiday, the one they scrimp and save for, research and plan for until the day comes that they get to go. A break is not merely a way to get away from everyday life but a way to recharge the batteries, to awaken senses, experience new things and educate ourselves. Whether it is a break from life, from work, from others or just from your normal self, travelling is the best way to recharge your life and perspective.
Clear your head
Sometimes if you don’t go, you will never know. Recently on a trip I felt as though I wasn’t experiencing life, I wasn’t present, accountable or even aware of where I was or the magical things I could have experienced. I had rushed onto the plane, rushed most 2015 really and just wanted to collapse in a heap. Although it seemed like a waste of precious time for me, I came to peace with the face that it as just that an experience and I was experiencing it the best way I knew how by being in a different country sorting out my head and emotions. Sometimes you aren’t present, sometimes you just need to think and have space away from everyone and everything. But you know what everyone’s experience is different and you make what you want of it with what you have in whatever state you are in.
Adventure and experience
Adventure sports, adventure holidays, seeing a wonder of the world, learning a new language, experiencing a new cuisine or way of living, meeting new people, obtaining knowledge, making new friends, and realising the millions of possibilities that are in the world is one of the main reasons I pick up and go so often. I feel stagnate, saturated by the “norm” and bored. The world is your oyster, so saving your pennies and experiencing it is awe-inspiring.
In the end the reason, length and destination of travel is not what matters most, what matters is what you learn along the journey. Life is too short to live your life in one place. There are many reasons people leave the comfort of what they know and head off on an adventure, a mission or a journey.
It simply begins with placing one foot in front of the other and going no matter what the reason.
What have been your reasons for travelling?
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