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April 12, 2013

Discuss: Why Do You Travel?

If you’re reading this site, there’s a pretty good chance that you love to travel? Maybe you travel during your 2-weeks vacation from your job in America or maybe you are one of the lucky few who have found a way to live a nomadic lifestyle. No matter what though, all of you who read this site are connected by an insatiable lust for travel.

The author Robert Louis Stevenson once said, “I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.”

And maybe for you, it’s that simple, or maybe you travel to change the world.

What I want to know is why you love to travel? There really is no wrong answer.

Below, I’ve collected answers from 7 different travel bloggers and readers about why travel is so important to them. Take a few minutes to read their reasons, and then let us know why you travel in the comments section below.

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I travel because I am addicted to having new experiences and seeing new things. There is nothing that gets me as excited as the prospect of walking around a new city, not knowing what is going to happen next, and just exploring. I travel because I can’t imagine sitting still. I can’t imagine not experiencing new and exciting things that challenge my preconceptions.

I travel to meet people that I otherwise would never have met had I stayed at home. These days, it doesn’t matter what country I visit because there are always new, interesting people to meet and in the end, it is the interactions, the conversations and the new friendships that prove far more rewarding and memorable than visiting any tourist sight. I’m addicted to meeting people and that alone is what has kept me on the road for so many years.

I travel to see the world — it really is that simple for me. It is trite to say, but the world is a massive, diverse, and overwhelmingly interesting place and I try to experience as much of it as I can. And for me, the experience is milage. I want to see as many miles, on the ground, as possible and just revel in its splender. I travel to see.

Traveling has made a bigger impact on my life than anything else. I was never wealthy, I’m still not, but I make time to travel because to me there is no better way to know yourself or anyone else than to be put in a situation you are not familiar with and try to connect with it.

I come back a different person every single time, and I grow more than I could have ever imagined. I have become more open minded and my priorities are based on moments instead of material things.

I love to travel because traveling is my passion. I travel to enjoy the wonders of the world because every corner of the world has breathtaking view. I travel to support my local tourism. As part of the young generation, I want to visit and support my own country, I hope I could contribute to its development in the near future.

For me, there’s nothing better than just discovering other cultures. You learn to embrace pretty much everything. I got caught up in a food fight in the middle of a nightclub in Jaipur and even loved the sudden downpours of Singapore. The only way this could possibly happen is through travel.

Travel challenges my preconceptions. Each time I travel I’m forced to think outside of the box and open my mind – the preconceptions shrink and the box gets bigger. Following on from this, is the experience of meeting new people, hearing their stories, or just talking light-hearted nonsense with them. Travel can be the greatest reminder that we are all just people, and that the vast majority of people on this planet are decent human beings.

What inspires YOU to travel? Let us know in the comments below.


  1. tom

    great post and I love some of the answers – If you have the means to travel then I dont understand why anyone would not want to? We all live in an amazing place that is worth exploring. I love new experiences, journeys and finding out at much as I can about different cultures.

    • I definitely agree. I love finding out more about different cultures as well. And, you’re also right to say that everyone’s hometown has something to offer. If you don’t have the means to explore the world, you can at least explore your hometown.

      Might be a good idea for a series of guest posts.

  2. Quite simply…I don’t have a choice. I have the “travel bug” combined with a fascination of foreign cultures, history, food, drink, and a love of the beach. I actually cannot understand people who don’t or when they do go to a resort that can be anywhere. I don’t believe there are a whole lot of ways to truly experience life better then thru travel. You not only experience other places and people…you learn quite a bit about yourself while your at it. There’s a saying that “He who has the most toys wins” I’ve always thought that was complete bullshit…”He/She who has the most stories wins” The kind that can only be gained though experience via travel to foreign lands…

  3. I travel because I can. I’ve thought about it and I could think of a million different reasons but the mean reason is because I can.

  4. i travel because thats what this beautiful mother earth longs for:to be explored! To see, to eat, to talk, to feel, to know, to give, to learn, to capture moments, to love and much more

  5. Traveling is my passion. To me it is the best way to get in touch with mother earth and finding new friends in the global village. Since ancient times man has been an explorer. With traveling it is still possible to explore something. This something might be oneself or the connection you have with strangers and nature.

  6. Music, mostly, I like finding and listening to music from around the world. Next would be because since I started travelling, I can’t seem to stop. Is there a Travel Addicts Anonymous?

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