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11. Posted by zags (Respected Member 370 posts) 12y

Why travel? Because I need it.

Travel actually means freedom, refreshment, a little adventure to me; it also means privacy (when I'm on my own), all which my spirit needs and doesn't really have everyday. (without those things, it's not really travel to me.) I always need some time to be away from things in my daily life. Travel is where I feel free to try and do things I can't do in my "real" life, see new things, see new people (but I'm a little bit shy with new people) sights for my sore eyes, some pieces of puzzle for my restless, questioning soul.

It's just essential to my spirit.

12. Posted by travelover (Respected Member 494 posts) 12y

Like you guys, travel is ingrained in my genes I think. Some people have the soul of a wanderer. I think you guys will definitely understand when I mention wanderlust. It's the need to explore foreign lands, to break down the barriers of the unknown. I've often said this and stand by it always: travel broadens the mind so as to make the traveller a more worldly person with a well rounded outlook on the many intricacies of life.

Some people are driven simply by the need to explore the unknown. Others are interested in different cultures and the history of a foreign land. Whichever way you are driven to travel, you reap the same benefits of knowledge. I fall into the historically inclined traveller section. The feeling that people have walked the paths I have walked throughout the different periods of history is what I love most. It's like time travel almost. I am standing here in the 21st century, where people have stood in the past perhaps in a setting that is different from what it is now. That's totally cool to me. If I had more sophisticated way of explaining it I would but I can't! I just love travel!


13. Posted by mtlchica (Respected Member 922 posts) 12y

First, I'd like to say thanks for bringing this thread back to the top, because I wouldn't have seen it otherwise!

As most of you pointed out, it takes a certain type of person, one that has an urge to explore, to be a traveller. I count myself lucky that I am one of those people. I never travelled much when I was younger, and as I get older, and experience more and more, I don't want to stop. Like Tamar, the prospect of experiencing and discovering areas that have been discovered in the past really appeals to me. That's why whenever I'm at a historical site I have to touch a wall, or stone or grass just to fell as though I've become closer to history. I also enjoy the prospect of dicovering new cultures. Come to think of it, almost every aspect of travelling appeaks to me, even the thought of shopping in foreign lands.

I've put a lot of thought recently into travelling across Canada and experiencing all it has to offer. There are so many different cultures here that I wish I had explored more in my 23 years. I'd love to work in different cities here, as well as internationally, just so I can discover and explore. Mainly, I want to take a look back at my life in 50 years an really felt like I've lived it and experienced as much as I could while I'm here. And for me, travelling will help me do that.

Viva la travel-ution!

Katie ;)

14. Posted by stephy (Full Member 51 posts) 12y

i can understand you soo well...At the moment i am just 19, but i have traveled western europe- which isnt too far as i am an austrian.
But i cant wait going away again. the strange thing is , that it is even hard for me to stay somewere longer during a journey. i always want to go forward, experience more, see more. This couriosity is interesting and great, but it makes my study in Vienna so dissatisfying- cause i am always thinking of going away- leaving everything behind....
in 10 days i m flying to central america for 6 planned weeks- but i am still keeping in mind not to fly home any more and just do a yar off.
This need to go away really confuses me...i would leave my friends, boyfriend and family just for this certain feeling of "freedom". But why should it be somewhere else better? But i guess it is the feeling of having the chance goind doing wherever whaterver you want. Thats is, i guess....
should i go home again, stay to make a RTW trip? shit is that i would have to consider it abit before leaving i 10 days....

15. Posted by Rraven (Travel Guru 5924 posts) 12y

I think for me traveling is about freedom, education, and mostly discovering where you really fit in the world. I know that someday I will settle down but I don't know where. Its also a little bit about self discovery , corny I know , but when you're stuck with a dwindling budget and still want to stay away longer you suddenly realise how resourseful you can really be........ the biggest bonus is getting to know so many different people, I think the most interesting people I've met have been away, whether its the fact that you're away from home, speaking to strangers, everything just seems more vibrant........okay, i'm rambling again.......Nikki......

16. Posted by Jayney D (Budding Member 28 posts) 12y

I agree, for me travel is something I have always had the urge to do for as long as I can remember. I always knew I didn't want to get stuck in my home town living a dreary existance so left home at 18.

Unfortunately I have not done anywhere near as much travelling as I would like and that's mainly down to not having the money. Now I have a good job, I am saving to go off next year and fulfill my dream. However, my travel idea has taken a change. I now want to teach abroad and want to integrate my skills as a teacher with my lust for travel so keeping my career active and doing what I really want at the same time sounds great for me!!

I have always had a problem settling in one place for too long and I know that I am still looking for that one place that will make be 100% happy. I am adamant i want to move to OZ but then I never know what will happen with my travelling experiences next year that might change my mind yet again. I do know that one day I will find that perfect place where I feel at home and I do know it's NOT England.

17. Posted by kody (Respected Member 234 posts) 12y

I have know idea why...I guess I was born to travel.
I just got this feelings of FREEDOM and BREAKAWAY from the dull and boredom. To see something I haven't seen before, apply by to touch, smell, feel, experience and so on.
I bet that's the curiosity in each backpackers.

Nick ;)

18. Posted by kody (Respected Member 234 posts) 12y

I have no idea why...I guess I was born to travel.
I just got this feelings of FREEDOM and BREAKAWAY from the dull and boredom. To see something I haven't seen before, apply by to touch, smell, feel, experience and so on.
I bet that's the curiosity in each backpackers.

Nick ;)

19. Posted by nz21 (Budding Member 13 posts) 12y

Why travel? That is definately a very awesome question to ask people. For me, i'm from NZ and I haven't travelled overseas b4 but the thing is I know that one day I will. One factor that may be a reason is numerology. I'm born on the 14th (adds to 5 - this is a number representing freedom and your urge to travel).

I love to collect travel brochures and hear about people's travel experiences. It amazes me the wonderful experiences people have when they travel because it really is true that you are stepping out of your comfort zone.

I believe for some people travelling is their passion and for others it may not be. Go for it and experience life!


Take care and have fun

20. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 12y

Many reasons i travel, and love it, but when you break it right down, deportation, extradition and escaping the tax man/Student loans co play a large role....