Traveling isn’t for everyone. I wish it was, but it isn’t. Some people are very comfortable near their own homes and find security in their daily routines. Travel can be risky too. Outside of a financial risk, travel can be logistically stressful. Booking accommodations, long layovers, language barriers, and personal safety can all be factors that hinder someone from planning an adventure.
Travel, for me, has nothing to do with the buildup or decision to plan a trip. I travel for the reward. I travel for the way I feel after my trip is over, and how much I have changed as a person. If you just let yourself, you can have experiences that will change the way you look at the world, and make you question what you truly desire. Here are 4 more reasons why I travel:
I am not a fan of routine
If I could do something different everyday, a different job even, then I would be happy. There is too much to see and experience in our world, and I wanna try it all. Now, I do have a bit if a routine everyday, but it’s rather minimal. I wake up at some point, I have my cup of coffee, I cook a nice dinner at night, and have a good beer to end the evening. But a more structured and strict routine isn’t for me. I don’t want a full time job with normal work hours. I don’t want a commute. I don’t wanna eat the same turkey sandwich every day. I want life to surprise me, and open my eyes. That’s something travel provides me. It never gets old, as there is always something new to experience each day when exploring a new land.
The best food of my life is waiting for me
Something I get particularly excited about when I travel is trying new cuisines and eating something I haven’t tried before. A lot of places back home advertise as the real deal or “authentic”. But you can only be so authentic thousands of miles away from the source. You can’t replicate the sights, smells, and sounds. Eating is an experience, and sitting street side slurping noodles in Asia can’t be found back home. Walk through a local market on your travels, and you can see and try things that you never knew existed. It takes curiousity, an adventurous appetite, and one bite, to eat the best food you’ve ever had in your life.
I want to be a global citizen, a cosmopolitan
For me, travel has been the greatest source of learning I have come across. It trumps school and the workplace. When you put yourself into a strange land, a different culture, you begin to absorb a new way of living. Traveling and exploring, is learning by doing, seeing, and feeling. Being a cosmopolitan means you feel comfortable in various countries and cultures throughout the world. That overarching, broad perspective of our world’s intricacies is what I desire. Broadening your horizons is not just a saying. You do it best by traveling.
I’m not getting any younger
Plain and simple. I’m thankful to be here today and tomorrow is not guaranteed. So as long as I’m feeling good, I’m gonna take those risks and be adventurous. There is no better time to explore the world than right now.