14 Inspiring Reasons to Travel to Your Next Destination.
Is something missing in your life? Are you looking for those reasons to travel?
Do you want Adventure? Relaxation? Culture? Or maybe it’s simply spending more time with family?
Imagine you are standing at the corner of a stop light waiting for it to give you the walk signal. Just for a second you can stop and take a breath of fresh air.
But only for a second.
You look around and notice the people around you. Some look happy and others not so happy.
You’re mind starts wondering to those above questions. Unanswered questions.
You feel like there is something missing but you just can’t put your finger on it.
Just then you feel a nudge on your right side and notice that the light has turned. You start walking too and forget about those wondering questions you had just a second ago.
It only took a split second for your brain to go back to the normal thoughts of everyday life.
How easy it is to forget.
But have you forgotten? Or do you come back to these questions on a daily or weekly basis?
Our lives are often so busy, we sometimes deprive ourselves of me time. Time to answer the questions about ourselves when we feel off and out of sorts.
The simple question. Do you need reasons to travel?
I do NOT need any reasons to travel. I Love, love, love it.
Anytime I talk about it, my arms start flailing (I tend to talk with my hands when I’m excited), my face lights up, and you can’t get me to shut up.
Normally, I’m a shy quite introvert but there is something about traveling that opens me up.
I definitely don’t think that you have to act the way that I do if you like or love travel but I’m sure that you have at least two or three of the below traits.
So, let’s check out these 14 reasons to travel and see if one of them is right for you.
14 Inspiring Reasons to Travel to Your Next Destination.
#1 You love meeting new people
One of the best reasons to travel is to meet new people, especially if you are traveling by yourself.
Nobody likes to talk to themselves 24/7. If you are an introvert, it will get you to step out of that cozy little box we like to stay in.
Now with social media, it’s easier than ever to stay connect with people you have met on your travels.
This also may come in handy on your next vacation.
For instance, my husband and I met some great people while traveling in Peru that were from Ireland. Ireland happens to be our next trip.
Getting a locals point of view on where to go and what to see is the best way to travel. As well as one of the many great reasons to travel.
#2 You love to experience new things
All too often we stop ourselves from trying new things because we have a fear of the unknown. Instead, we need to push ourselves and get out of our comfort zones.
It’s good for us.
When you do something that you feared, it helps vanquish that fear and expands our minds and we learn new things because of it.
Trying something new doesn’t mean that you have to risk your life, #6 below is for that. It only means that you experience something different.
Something that you haven’t done before.
#3 You love experiencing new places
If you love experiencing new places than you have many great reasons to travel. Traveling to new places, getting out and exploring them, you can learn so much more than just seeing them in a book or on a computer screen.
It doesn’t matter if the place is across the country or the next town over. Even staying and exploring your own city, I’m sure there is a corner that you haven’t been to before.
Try taking one of these 20+ amazing road trips in the USA. There’s something for everyone.
If you have little ones or big ones, this is a great way for children to learn. I never get tired of seeing their expressions when they see something new and exciting.
#4 You have a love for food
Whether it is pasta from Italy, waffles from Belgium, gyros from Greece, the food choices are abundant. If you are a foodie, #4 is for you.
Not only do have different foods from around the world or even around the United States but there are different ways to experience these foods as well.
Such as farmers markets, street vendors, and town festivals to name a few. My favorite has always been street vendors. They are cheaper and more authentic to the culture.
However, don’t over do it. Especially if you have a week stomach. There’s nothing worse than getting sick away from home. Stay healthy while traveling. Don’t let the health aspect be your reason to not travel.
#5 You enjoy pushing yourself
You enjoy taking it to the next level. You’re like the little engine that could.
Constantly pushing yourself to do better, be better, and overcoming your fears. Do you need a better reason to travel?
You see a fear lurking in the corner and you laugh at it. Because nothing can stop you from conquering the world.
Look out world, here you come!
#6 You love adventure
Do you have that adventurous spirit? The thrill of jumping out of a perfectly good airplane at 14,000-feet or being face to face with a Great White sound just like what the doctor ordered?
Yes, and yes!
Sign me up for all the near-death experiences I can get! Hhmmmm, maybe I went a little too far on that one.
But if adventure is what you are seeking, go out and find it. Please be safe though.
Not all adventure has to be completely extreme. Going on a simple hike can be an adventure and get you a bigger brain.
Nobody wants small dinosaur brains.
Once you hit your mid 50’s memory loss starts to happen. But going on 40-minute walks or hikes three times a week can reduce that loss. Keep your mind sharp.
As Mark Twain once wrote, “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.”
#7 You are empathetic
A reason to travel should start with empathy, happiness, and love.
You share the emotion of happiness or excitement with a friend or loved one because they are getting married.
And you also show empathy, but not just to your closest friends and family but to everyone. Especially those that aren’t as fortunate.
You have the ability to identify and understand other’s emotions. You are able to put yourself in their shoes.
When I was a Junior in High School, I was fortune enough to go to China with my school. Seeing how different they live and experience the culture was such a shock for me.
It opened my eyes to a whole new world that I wanted to discover even more.
#8 You love taking random jobs
I feel #8 is more for the hard-core travelers. The person who wants to travel full-time, whether you are able to or not.
This one is for you.
Sitting at the same desk everyday just isn’t your idea of a fabulous career.
You don’t mind taking random odd jobs just as long as you are able to take a vacation when you want. Sitting still isn’t for you.
#9 You are willing to learn
Another reason to travel is if you love to learn new things. There is no better way to learn than to see it and feel it for yourself.
Imagine having the love of the Inca culture. Now imagine yourself standing on top of Wayna Picchu looking down on Machu Picchu.
Actually, getting to see what the Incas saw and feel the ground beneath your feet. The same ground that they walked on.
(Wayna Picchu is a mountain that you can climb in the Andes Mountains in Peru that overlooks Machu Picchu.)
See? Learning can be fun!
#10 You welcome change and adapt well
Accepting and embracing change allows you to adapt better to change and be more flexible.
It’s good to have change in your life because it will give you the opportunity to embrace new experiences.
Even if you don’t always welcome change with open arms you still give it a chance.
Staying in the same old daily routine isn’t your thing. Sure, it might be okay for awhile but you easily will become restless.
This restlessness can cause you to think about those questions.
#11 You are grateful and appreciative
You enjoy the beauty of life and you love to show that appreciation with others.
When you travel, you become grateful and appreciative for what you have in life. The more I travel, the more crap I want to get rid of in my house.
It’s too much stuff I don’t need.
You start to realize what really matters in life.
#12 You are independent
Another great reason to travel is if you are an independent person.
Independence doesn’t mean that you like to be a loner. Instead, it’s being able to take care of yourself and you assume responsibility for your own decisions.
Let’s make the independent decision to travel. Yeah, I had to throw that in there.
Being independent doesn’t mean that you have to travel by yourself either. Instead, bring your family with.
It’s a great way for your kids to learn to be independent as well. Have them help make some decisions too.
#13 You like flying
Flying is not everyone’s cup of tea. However, if you want to travel to another continent, it’s usually mandatory.
I will admit, the hour leading up to flying is not my favorite. Making your way through security, not fun. Even though I know I’m not doing anything wrong, my heart still races.
If flying is stopping you from traveling, here are some suggestions:
- Avoid alcohol and caffeine
- Bring familiar and positive reinforcements
- Go with your feelings
- Distract yourself
- Many travelers swear by Ambien (has sleep-induced power but doesn’t leave you feeling groggy)
#14 Reason to travel is, you are less conventional
Go to school, get married, buy a house, have kids, does any of this sound familiar? It’s the dream for most people.
But you aren’t most people. You are different. Different is good.
You don’t have to live the life that everyone else is living, if you don’t want to. You make your own path.
For some, they veer off the path right away, and others will always stay on the path. But then there are the select few that follow the path for a while and then get off it.
This is because you wanted a husband and family but now feel like there is something more. Maybe a deeper purpose in life. Would that reason be to travel, perhaps?
Do you really need many reasons to travel?
With all of the above mentioned, do you think you are a traveler? Yes, no, maybe?
If you don’t think it’s for you, then I’m sorry to hear that and I hope that you find what’s missing in your life and enjoyed reading this.
Still on the fence and want to learn more on what the benefits of traveling are, read here.
Did checking off two or three of the above get you excited, then check out start traveling, the beginning steps.
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I understand that traveling isn’t for everyone, just like soccer or knitting. But finding that connection with others, having the opportunity to grow, truly engaging in activities, develop new skills, and learning more about ourselves can be so fulfilling.
Not just for ourselves but for our families too.