I travel to get away from my whole family. I want to feel a peace in mind and learn different new things that the world has to offer. Also, I don't want to be like the others, work and spend on luxurious things... I want more than this! I feel my life will only be complete if I have travel around the world.
I'm currently saving my money up so I can travel every summer for at 3 months... I'm planning to do that and come back to study on September till May. My real around the world travel will be when I find a stable job in the future.
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for me i think it was my parents fault they both met in the army. And when mum came out to be a housewife to me and my sister we travelled a fair bit to be with dad (including all over england, germany and canada)
when my mother was ill my dad came out of the armed forces and we still moved around up until i was 9 when we settled in leeds england, but dad had itchy feet then and the most we could do was weekends away and walking holidays.
think dad was a born traveller really as he was a very sad man after that, im 27 now and have travelled france, greece,italy,spain and egypt, and im booked on a months trek to india and nepal next year. my old man has now started coming away with me and is now the laid back person i remember again hes even booked a trek with me and some friends round the south of france canoeing and climbing.
I thank pops for my wanderlust
It's the feeling of being at the airport/train station/bus terminal that gets me going. Just sitting there, ticket in hand, waiting to board - knowing you have the entire trip in front of you and you're about to write an interesting new chapter into your life. It's a high like no other.
Good question. I'm not sure why I travel. I started with my parents, then just my sister and me, now I just go alone. They're all three different modes of travel. But I can't say I know for sure why I do it. Many of the posts on this thread have touched on some of the reasons, but none of them have felt like "it" for me. Maybe, when I come back from central europe, I'll know.
For me, travel broadens the soul. Everything about it opens up deeper realms of consciousness.
Touring and holidaying does not have the same effect.
I had ambitions to travel when younger but there always seemed to be some deterrent, no job, then not much money, then buying a house and so on but as I got older and maybe a bit more honest with myself I came to the conclusion it was me was the problem. So I decided I would pick a place, and as I had a sister living in Singapore at the time I thought it was the place to go. Told my family and they said ' you're welcome to come with us as we're going' (some of them anyway) and that was it. I have distant cousins who'd invited me to their countries on numerous occasions and this spurred further trips. I'm glad I've started doing it (it's become a family trait and we compare notes and experiences) and I hope to be able to continue for a long time
I moved from a village in Ireland, to London, when I was 19. There I lived in a cheap hovel, with a bunch of backpackers.
I was fascinated with their stories, and wanted to try backpacking too. But it seemed complicated, and I did not know how to start. I then got in a relationship, with one of the Australian guys there. He was planning a trip around Europe. I asked him, if I can come too. So off we went, travelling around Europe.
Hi All, i have just finished reading all the replies and have noted that quite a few people wanted to travel to 'find out who they were' / 'to grow spiritually'. I wonder for how many of us it did actually act as some sort of right of passage?
Ive read a few books lately where theyve talked about backpacking/travelling being used as a form of identity contruction i.e. searching for more desirable characteristics to improve our self image and the way were percieved by others...if were honest with ourselves can we maybe see a touch of this behind our reasons for travel??
Its a hard one!
in answer to vickys question, i am a 22 yr old university student who first went travelling in my gap year between college and uni, i have been away every summer hols since (ive caught the travel bug!) but for me looking back that first trip really did act as a kind of rite of passage for me. My family always took longish holidays when i was younger but they were never enough for me and i had always had a craving to travel...im not sure i embarked on my trip to 'find myself' as such but i guess thats what i ended up doing.
Before i left home i was a very shy person, very un self confident and unsure of myself. I came back much more confident, outgoing and generally feeling a lot more grown up. Perhaps you might say that it was a normal thing that would have happened with age anyway but all i can say is that when i started uni it was very obvious to decifer between those who had come straight from school from those who had had a gap year.
re the search for identity i guess it did happen for me..i did kind of find myself but i still think i am the same underlying person who went just a little more confident in my self.