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11. Posted by grink (Full Member 69 posts) 11y

ah its encouraging to hear so many stories...still deosnt distract me from the 'topologies of understanding'...grrreat!!!

so maybe i should share my inspiration for travel..as for working after my degree that isnt a problem since i took a year out from my degree to do a sucession of many terrible and demeaning jobs..im sure post degree itll be exactly the same-bit depressing huh?!

i dont know what really motivates me-im one of those people that follows my intuition a lot and i just woke up and decided id need to travel for a solid period of time before i got bogged down with the so called responsibilities! And maybe the thirst for culture and knowledge may in some way be responsible..Id like to find somewhere in the world that felt like home..the UK definetly doesnt, Hong kong did years ago when i went there as a teenager but i dont' think that would hold the same meanings for me now that im older. hmmm no place feels like home huh? this is longer than i thought itd be but does anyone emphasise with the feeling of no roots and not feeling like anywhere is home?

sorry guys not meant to end on a downer!

12. Posted by maddave (Budding Member 23 posts) 11y

Having parents who have travelled helped me. As well as a dad who moved to australia and then singapore and the his company providing "free" visting tickets helped A LOT!!!

Im now just planning for a long travel around the place and have been thank ful to my current job for that inspiration. The boredom and crapness of the job has inspired me to get up and leave!

13. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

Having parents who didn't travel may have done it for me. We went a few places when we were kids, but my parents are very practical, money-conscious, home bodies - so travel was never a priority. I think that bred a restlessness in me that keeps me planning my next trip.

14. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

Initially, running away from home literally. After that, it was to visit friends who had moved away, giving me a chance to see them again, and some place new. Now, it's to break up the winter months with warm climates, take a breather from work/home, visit things we have never seen before, and look for the best place for relocation. My dad was in the Navy for some years, so hearing his stories of "exotic" places has also been a contributing factor.

15. Posted by ChIqUiTtA (Respected Member 278 posts) 11y

my mom would always tell me stories about how she went backpacking when she was 19, and it sounded pretty cool, so we just sort of planned a trip spontaneously and it ended up being the best thing ever!!
Lauren;)

16. Posted by MelesMeles (Full Member 137 posts) 11y

Quoting tway

Having parents who didn't travel may have done it for me. We went a few places when we were kids, but my parents are very practical, money-conscious, home bodies - so travel was never a priority. I think that bred a restlessness in me that keeps me planning my next trip.

I pretty much share that experience. Dad's travelling all over Europe quite often and forces rest of us to hear his stories and opinions, but when I want to travel somewhere, answer is same. "Maybe next season..." And after listening that for years I really want to get out of my current life, country, ...

17. Posted by Zhou (Full Member 126 posts) 11y

My parents love travelling, so I`m quite influenced. But I was also much influenced by a cartoon series: The Adventures of TinTin&Snowy. I was addicted to it as a child, and secretly dreamed of following his footprints in all over the world.

After graduation from university, I decided to go to Belgium, the motherland of TinTin.

18. Posted by klangeluk (Full Member 146 posts) 11y

Quoting grink

what inspired you all to travel

after a reading a book a friend (also a traveller) lent me

its called "patpong sisters"

19. Posted by Reece Sanford (Travel Guru 1368 posts) 11y

What inspired me was looking around at the people i used to work with and thinking jesus i dont want to end up like them.
Not being disrespctful but there were men between the ages of 37 and 65 who had never been abroad and venturing 10 miles out of the town they lived in was like an adventure.
They all looked upon people from other countries as strange when really it was them who are the strange ones.
They would complain and moan there was nothing in their lives but they wouldnt do a thing about it.
It and they annoyed the hell out of me and hence i want to travel and enjoy what is out in the big world and never end up like those old workmates.

20. Posted by villavic (Budding Member 19 posts) 11y

It all started with a mouse.

At 7 yo, I went to Disneyworld and it was the first time I visited another country. I loved the whole experience, not only Mickey Mouse and the park, but the plane, the days in the hotel, etc. The day I came back to Lima, I sweared to myself, at the airport, that I will always be travelling. I'd visited many countries. And I did it!!

Even though I was just 7, I wanted to travel again. Each age I have lived (my teens, my 20s, now my 30s) I have found different motivations for travelling (temples, cultures, people, food, beaches, etc), but the common thing is that I always like to travel.