There are two levels of answers to the question of why people travel. The first is obvious, and probably the reason why we indulge ourselves and quote others. We travel so we can see the sights, experience other cultures, attend events and learn more about the world.
These are exciting reasons. But there are deeper reasons to travel that have less to do with it we to do when we travel and as much connection with what we travel makes us. These five groups of changes in ourselves are at the heart of what makes travel so compelling.
The journey enriches you before, during and after it
The anticipation of the journey is almost as stimulating as the journey itself and the memories after it. Knowing what you have in front of you and imagining it in detail, restores the excitement of life and releases the tendency to fall into the rut of the working day. The more detailed the picture of the trip, the more the future trip will excite you.
During the journey itself, everyday life can be intense. Living in these moments fully, and noticing everything around you, allows for an even better life. Clearly, this intense experience is the quality of travel style that guides you off the bus and take to the streets and squares, landscapes and watercourses of the places you visit. Independent travel is a world other than “contained” travel.
Travel expands your view of the world
Through travel, you gain a framework for history and significant touch currents that have introduced you to your current life and point in time. You are now standing in the pope of the evil Borgia pope, surrounded by walls that contained a man with enough strength to write a papal bull – a mandate – which required all the wealth of the Western Hemisphere for Spain and Portugal and secured for the next 200 years. When you stop at the place where it happened, events and significance come to life with new meaning.
You are now looking down the stairs leading to the tunnel that connects Leonardo da Vinci’s home to the Royal Palace across the street. King Françoise traveled through this tunnel to sit down and talk to his genius friend. And now you are in Bayeux, where the Frenchman William the Conqueror built his naval ships to cross the canal across the English Channel and claimed to be the throne of England.
Each of these experiences expands your view of the world and your experience of time and place first hand.
Travel makes you more vivid and interesting
Traveling gives you something to look forward to … to prepare for … to study … and later to share. You will bring home stories. Life can become a bit monotonous if you allow it, especially after you retire and end your working life. The expectation is worth at least as much as the journey itself and the memories that accompany the journey.
How much better to have travel stories and observations that you will then share to limit your conversation to recent visits to the doctor and your frustrations with weeds on your lawn.
The journey revives you
Traveling and anticipating travel renews your enthusiasm. You look forward with excitement, instead of experiencing the muffled feeling that comes from repetition and routine.
Traveling challenges you to be at your most efficient and concentrated level. Comfortable zones can be comfortable. But it’s a good idea to get out of your comfort zone regularly. Otherwise, your social skills may begin to atrophy, and your ability to think on your feet and solve problems may decrease due to use.
Traveling improves your health and well-being
Traveling gives you a reason to stay healthy. It still keeps you sharper! The challenges of travel test your acuity on a daily basis. Traveling can be challenging, especially if a group trip doesn’t take you “through the nose”. You know you’ll need to be on your toes – to be situationally aware – to pay close attention. You will need to walk intensely, including hills and stairs up and down.
Generally when you return home from a trip, you will be in better shape than you have been for months and even years. And if you start anticipating another trip ahead of you right away, you’ll have a real incentive to keep making these improvements and be ready for the next time.
Changes and benefits
These changes and the benefits you will get from traveling can become permanent. Your life will be enriched by enrichment, you will think more broadly. You will find yourself deliberately changing the lifestyle learned during the trip. You will be more lively and interesting because you will be recharged from time to time. And you will experience improved health and well-being.
All things considered, this trip seems a trifle.