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21. Posted by Pati (Full Member 120 posts) 11y

Why?
Because it’s part of my lifestyle, I don’t know how did I get this addiction but sure I’m addicted too. In my opinion everyone has some type of addiction, whether it be codependency or addiction to tobacco, chocolate, caffeine, play games, TV, etc...in my case it’s to travel.
Other reason why I travel:

  • Do something that most people (around me...of course) will never do, but will wish they had done.
  • It’s a great chance to get away and rediscover parts of myself.
  • See how varied and different the world really is and yet how similar all of us folks in it really are.
  • Make new memories to smile about, even years later
22. Posted by Kapuchok (Full Member 101 posts) 11y

Quoting tomahawk

A Why do YOU and not the others have such a desire to see the world? What do you love about travel?

Well,I´ve travelled a lot since I was young. My father loved to drive and .. with him (and my mother) we used to visit any kind of things (cities/countries) on weekend, on vacations...!!
So, I guess thats the reason for having such a desire to CONTINUE to see the world: to see something I haven't seen before, to meet the different cultures and the history of a foreign land!!!
Well..mostly is..having fun!!

23. Posted by MattXIII (Full Member 272 posts) 11y

Dunno really, i started off going into London on my own for no reason and wandering about aimlessly, my freind and me went to Austria, which was ok, but one day in London i just booked a ticket to China. No reason or intent, i was a big fan of the Final Fantasy games and i had a net buddy with the same love in Hong Kong so i went to meet her, it just went from there, 2 months later i got back to the UK. I've yearned ever since, which is why im taking up a life of Conservation. I get to go around the world whilst protecting it.

Also, you get alot of computer.....hhmm choice of word....a what the heck; computer nerds that play these fantasy games and love Lord of the Rings, buy swords and play warhammer. Now all those things appeal to me, but rather than sitting around dreaming that some fantasy storyline might come and get me i'm gonna go out there and bloody well find it. Those gorgeous places exist, and although there probably ain't elves and stuff out there i can sit in a landscape just like the fantasy places and dream of it happening.

24. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

I've often heard older people maintain that travelling unsettles the young...that we lose sight of the important things in life and become irresponsible, neglecting careers, family...blah blah blah...

For me, travelling grounds me. It helps me to feel "earthed", gives me some sense of who I am, where I fit in in the world. It doesnt unsettle me at all (but that all depends on what your definition of "unsettled" is..)

I think that travelling really rounds you off as a person. I think Nikki said something in an earlier post about ddiscovering sides of yourself that you never would in your comfortable cosy existence back at home....you'll test yourself more, surprise yourself more when you are travelling, and you develop a keen instinct about different ppl the more you travel.

All those things have to lead to a more balanced broader outlook on life. Oh and plus you've seen a whole heap of amazing places to boot!

25. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

When we stay in our own safe comfort zones, there is a tendency to become complacent. Great if you want to be a spectator on life rather than a participant.

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

Quoting samsara2

I've often heard older people maintain that travelling unsettles the young...that we lose sight of the important things in life and become irresponsible, neglecting careers, family...blah blah blah...

Humans have always been travelers. First to find food and shelter, then to adjust to changing environments, and being the curious creatures that we are, journeying out in the name of exploration. The naysayers felt the adventurers had lost sight of their perspectives too.

As Woccca stated - it's safe to stay where you are, engaging in the same daily routine year after year. If one leaves the nest, then the next may go, and over time, those remained behind begin to feel abandoned. Families become spread across mountains and oceans. The safety net they used to rely on has vanished. We may live in an era of internet, cellphones and instant messages, but those don't replace physical closeness and the comfort it brings.

Those who travel are still adventurers. Our outlook on it has always been, "You don't know where you don't want to be until you have been there". You won't know that if you don't travel. Exploration is a wonderful thing.

27. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

And curiosity is a primary motive. We always give moving forward until we challenged

28. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

It's early here ...

" ... And curiosity is a primary motive. We always KEEP moving forward until we ARE challenged ... "

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

Challenge is usually a stronger motivator in itself...

30. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Challenge can, at times, be more of an obstacle rather than a motivator. Depends a bit on our own constraints and abilities. Ambitions vs abilities ...