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41. Posted by oslaue (Full Member 571 posts) 9y

if you didnt travel a chance to be more satisfied with your life...simple answer is NO!

42. Posted by Clarabell (Travel Guru 1696 posts) 9y

The question's not if you didn't travel would you be more satisfied (obviously NO) its if you didn't WANT to travel, i mean, didn't feel the need.

I do believe some people are genuinely satisfied with their seemingly boring lives.

Some of us want more, and it is this constant striving for "more" to life, always wishing you were somewhere else, never being able to settle, always wanting adventure etc, that arguably can leave you feeling a bit unsatisfied. What I'm saying is, do you ever wish you could just be happy with what you've got, plain and simple, needing nothing more?

43. Posted by john7buck (Respected Member 458 posts) 9y

It's my guess that the people who seem satisfied with "their boring lives" want more too. More money, more appliances, more children. . .more happiness.

We're all after the same thing, it's just a matter of what ultimately gets you there.

BUT, getting home from travel is no different than the big TV or the toaster that browns 10 pieces of bread at once, the novelty wears off. We'll always want more.

Me, I wouldn't trade away a second of my travel experiences, but find myself wondering (like you Clara) when will it be enough?

I'm not sure I have an answer for that, but I've always had a funny feeling that life has a way of working itself out, so I'm not too worried.

44. Posted by aprilsgal (Full Member 161 posts) 9y

Quoting Clarabell

The question's not if you didn't travel would you be more satisfied (obviously NO) its if you didn't WANT to travel, i mean, didn't feel the need.

I do believe some people are genuinely satisfied with their seemingly boring lives.

Some of us want more, and it is this constant striving for "more" to life, always wishing you were somewhere else, never being able to settle, always wanting adventure etc, that arguably can leave you feeling a bit unsatisfied. What I'm saying is, do you ever wish you could just be happy with what you've got, plain and simple, needing nothing more?

Hey clarabell, i totally agree with you. There are lots of people I know who are very content with their regular life.... and they are truly satisfied and more than that Happy - i think thats what is most important.

I think some travellers go all the way across the world looking for experiences and sometimes, come back to find it right there at home ....

Travelling is a way by which people can break the routine. Some people like routine and some dont. I think the basic difference lies in that.

Have u seen 'Shall we Dance'? where richard gere in his middle ages brings back a spark to his life by dancing - i guess most of us get caught up in the need to perform, earn money, get married that we lose out on the need to "have some space" or cater to those "small dreams" we always had or "get excited" in trying something new which were trampled upon in the light of reality. sometimes the fire in life dies out as we get into the "laid back life" mode and i think its all about rediscovering that missing Spark. For some of us, its travelling. For others, its dancing, singing, doing social work...

For me, its a bit of both... i am open to anything new which keeps me excited and want to try... travelling is one way of making sure i dont get complascent, dont get caught up in the comfort of life as i try ruff it out if possible. and ofcourse, when u travel as groups, u learn to adjust, listen to other peoples needs - and travellign together , just like any other "team work" strengthens bonds like nver before!!!

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 16, 2007, at 9:20 PM by aprilsgal ]

45. Posted by PepeKale (First Time Poster 1 posts) 9y

Traveling opens our eyes to other ideas. I think its nice to see the world as much as possible. Unfortunately most travelers are often restricted to their hotels or jobs so they don't get to engage in other culture, but if you get a chance to experience life in a different culture, you would be more appreciative.

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47. Posted by mariaines (Budding Member 39 posts) 9y

i started liking the whole travelling thing when i was 15 and went to brazil/uruguay and paraguay with my school mates. It was my 1st flight and altough was a fast trip (just 8 days) i could meet different people, see different things and landscapes i would never find in my home country, and specially, experience a littke bit of the culture of the different places we visited.
I'm still not what people call a traveller, since i don't pretend to do that most of the year, just on my holidays.. work is an issue for me and it's the way i can save some money to do what i want.
When i was studying i wanted to experience the real life of a student in a different place so i went to spain (Barcelona) and could learn a lot about their culture. Despite i spent 6 months there, i didn't want to come back (had to) and i've came back to that city because i was incredibly happy there, despite i missed my family a lot.
Now on my 1st holiday (my 1st job) i went to France & Spain and i've already planned 10 holidays in advance!
It's funny tough that after visiting incredible places now i value certain things that we have here, like a nice street in santiago, a beautiful square in my home city, the mountains, the contrast between north and south.. the travelling has made me realise that i do have beautiful things here just blocks from home.

48. Posted by marlis (Travel Guru 1167 posts) 9y

visiting different countrys may open your eyes.

look how this people are working,struggling to manage theire dayly life,
to raise theyre children without a chance to do better...
Would you like to be one of them??
Are you not happy by the end of your trip that you are able to go back/home to a far better life with all the possibilitys for a change??
Visiting poor and for us cheap 3 world countrys should make us think about this.

Marlis

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