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

Quoting samsara2

...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.;)

Hopefully that thunderbolt isnt too charged...we want to see you back in TP Eve...;) (watch out for lighting on top of mountains, we almost got struck by one in Austria, it hit less than 50 yards away and we could feel the electricity through our bodies ).

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

Lol! Thanks for the tip Anne;)

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

Quoting samsara2

Lol! Thanks for the tip Anne;)

I just read your post about the lighting show over the mountains. That sounded really beautiful by the way, the funny thing is that I can picture it too (I am sure in my mind it looks nothing like it did to you though).

Ok Eve, you are getting waaay too close to the forces of nature. Stay away from trees and mountain tops...

14. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

I read a quote somewhere that says, when you travel, you are completely you. There is no one there who knows your past or has any expectations of you, so you start fresh with each and every person every day. You have no choice but to be genuinely you.

That's what will make me get up and go, I think. I experienced that a few times, on shorter trips - and the freedom is worth every sacrifice. Finding your own true self amongst strangers.

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

I like that idea Tway.

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

Quoting Sam I Am

"We need to travel. If we don't offer ourselves to the unknown, our senses dull. Our world becomes small and we lose our sense of wonder. Our eyes don't lift to the horizon. Our ears don't hear the sounds around us. The edge is off our experience & we pass our days in a routine that is both comfortable and limiting. We wake up one day and find we have lost our dreams in order to protect our days. Don't let yourself become one of these people!"

Kent Newburn (so I've been told)

17. Posted by tanjian (Budding Member 27 posts) 11y

The reasons for this is as varied as most individuals. Though I have met many travellers with somewhat the same gist of reason that have already been stated here.

Like Anne, I am originally from a developing country. I've spent numerous years assimilating Canadian society. I'm itching to travel probably for several reasons.

1) For perspective, its hard not to assimilate into North American society. Unfortunately, you assimilate into a world where your held mostly as a consumer and not a citizen. Travelling will definitely help anchor me back - I hope.

2) The sheer challenge of exploration. I believe that in life, one must explore... not just geographically, mentally, spiritually. Though, they are all really tied in together.

18. Posted by iart (Budding Member 16 posts) 11y

to know how far my feets can touch on ;)

19. Posted by mahmud (Full Member 247 posts) 11y

Because I love to travel.

20. Posted by abcdf (Full Member 557 posts) 11y

The reason i started to travel was not my own. I got in trouble with my parents and they decided to send me away for a few months. so i went to stay with some family i have never met.

i was def one of those rebellious teens. but when i moved away to korea. i guess it changed me life. i was able to put things into perspective and have a better understanding of my family which i wasnt able to do. so i guess it save me from myself. travelling i mean.

ever since, i love to travel it lets me step outside myself and look at how other people live life and allows me to see what i overlook in life and take things one step...etc. i really like
tway's comment:

I read a quote somewhere that says, when you travel, you are completely you. There is no one there who knows your past or has any expectations of you, so you start fresh with each and every person every day. You have no choice but to be genuinely you.

That's what will make me get up and go, I think. I experienced that a few times, on shorter trips - and the freedom is worth every sacrifice. Finding your own true self amongst strangers.