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1. Posted by klynch (Budding Member 25 posts) 11y

What makes you get up and go travelling round the world?
Try and forget the obvious answers (which are really just advantages like meeting new people, seeing certain sights and just wanting to do different things) Have you got a deeper motive?

2. Posted by s0f (Full Member 163 posts) 11y

The reason I'm doing my next trip (a RTW) is, dare I say it, to "find myself". I have heaps of issues I need to deal with and after talking to my mum (she was the last person I told about a psychological problem of mine - I was scared of her reaction) I made the decision to go... indefinately. I won't be back until I'm ready to come back.

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

Quoting klynch

"...Have you got a deeper motive?..."

So far as I'm concerned; you don't grow in understanding, wisdom or knowledge if you are always exposed to the same circles & routines all the time. If you don't step outside your own safe environment, you can't objectively view yourself or the environment which has shaped and conditioned you in the first place

If you want something even deeper, then ....

Quoting Dr Carl Sagan

"There is a place with four suns in the sky-red, white, blue, and yellow; two of them are so close together that they touch, and star-stuff flows between them. I know of a world with a million moons. I know of a sun the size of the Earth-and made of diamond....The universe is vast and awesome, and for the first time we are becoming part of it."

http://www.skeptic.com/04.4.sagan-tribute.html

4. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 11y

This may be a bit of a cliche answer but for me is the need to learn from other people and other cultures and trying hard not become another person just "passing by" in this world.

A lot of times I think I choose to visit third world countries (or developing countries to some) because I feel it is the only thing that brings back to the cruel and sad reality of our world and all I can say is that seeing it makes me feel more humble (and thankful at the same time). It is very easy to get trapped in our lives and our desires to do more, have more, or acomplish more. I am also guilty of that sin but if I can step out of my "comfort zone" every once in awhile, I tend to not get so caught up in the idiosyncracies and shallowness of the culture I am a part of. It will truly be an honor to me to have seen most of the world in my lifetime.

Sooner or later, I will choose one of the countries I have visited in my lifetime and move away to begin a new chapter of my life. That is another personal reason for me to travel. ;)

5. Posted by klynch (Budding Member 25 posts) 11y

Just on the whole "finding yourself" notion, ideally I personally don't believe travel is neccessary for this experience. It does help because some day a situation may come up on your travels that makes you realise something you never understood or considered before, however, to know yourself you simply have to stop and ask yourself a question and then reason out the logic behind your own conclusion.

If you don't reason out your belief's properly you can become ignorant of a lot in life; while travelling may open your eyes a little, reflection on what your doing here and now may be the best way to "find yourself".

6. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 11y

You are right Klynch although I tend to think that people that have "seen" the world tend to have a more objective view and a broader understanding of society as a whole.

I can speak from my own experiences having grown up in a third world country where poverty is viewed and lived on a daily basis. I've lived in the US for a very long time, almost half my life and I get to experience the other side of the coin where poverty isnt at your door step.

I do hear people getting into topics and aruge about things they dont know anything about, people that dont get to travel and see the world cant provide an objective view of what really goes on in other countries; I think you have to live it and see it to understand it. That is an advantage that people that have embraced the need to learn and appreciate other cultures have over those that choose to view it from afar.

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

Quoting klynch

Just on the whole "finding yourself" notion, ideally I personally don't believe travel is neccessary for this experience. It does help because some day a situation may come up on your travels that makes you realise something you never understood or considered before, however, to know yourself you simply have to stop and ask yourself a question and then reason out the logic behind your own conclusion.

Sounds good in theory, however this may only create a safe little vacuum in which to dwell mentally. I prefer to be a participant rather than a spectator in the world at large. I've already "found" myself to be able to adapt to various places & cirucmstances

8. Posted by klynch (Budding Member 25 posts) 11y

I agree with being a participant rather than a spectator Wocca. The whole thing though is just aimed at people expecting to suddenly "find themselves" when travelling, they may well do, but it can be done from where your sitting.

9. Posted by remarcable (Respected Member 335 posts) 11y

agree with being a participant rather than a spectator Wocca. The whole thing though is just aimed at people expecting to suddenly "find themselves" when travelling, they may well do, but it can be done from where your sitting.

True, but here at home we have our safety nets. Traveling,you step out of your comfort zones. Venture out to the unknown. Only then ,you know what you can do.

M.

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

For me, travelling gives me a sense of my place in the world....by that I mean, I understand more about what it is to be Irish when I am away from my homeland. I have a lot of things to figure out in my life at the moment. I'm not going travelling with the specific intention of "finding myself" or whatever...if some great thunderbolt of clarity hits me along the way or I have an epiphany at the top of a mountain in Nepal, so be it....all I know is that something is pushing me to leave what I am used to and go out and experience something else.;)