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Top 10 reasons to travel

by kasiawrites

If you’re an avid traveler, coming up with reasons to take off to a new destination isn’t hard.  Explaining why you do it to those who don’t share your passion can sometimes be challenging.  When a simple “I love it” doesn’t suffice, here is my list of top 10 reasons to travel and why traveling is good for you.

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You cant’ have a top 10 reason to ravel list without looking at travel as an idea in itself. Travel is something we take for granted, but until recently it was a leisurely activity reserved for the wealthy and of certain social standing. 

In the past, it was a rite of passage for wealthy young men who traveled before assuming their place in society.  Unless you were a soldier, pirate, or an adventurer, seeing the world was pretty much out of the question. Traveling for pleasure, especially for women, was not a wide-spread concept and a rather onerous task.

Thanks to modern advances, traveling became not only quicker and cheaper but also more accessible to the masses.  Planes, trains, boats and automobiles made travel more attainable and convenient, turning it into a lifestyle not limited to the rich and privileged. Why not take advantage of it? 

Step Into History

The world is an old place where cultures and civilizations have come and gone, leaving behind a whole slew of must-see structures and places with significant importance.

Being there, seeing them and touching what has been there for centuries is an experience no book can provide.

I’ve walked the ruins of the Roman Forum, stood in the cell where Marie-Antoinette spent her last moments before losing her head, drove in the crater of an ancient volcano and visited what used to be a Viking village. 

Those are just a few examples of one of a kind places you have to visit to appreciate. This is also one of my fave top 10 reasons to travel. 

Take Your Breath Away

There are many places in this world that have the power to amaze and take your breath away.  No picture or video can fully convey those moments and share them with those who weren’t there.  Sometimes the beauty and sheer splendor of those places is so awesome that it makes you breathless and at a loss for words.  When you find that place for the first time, you try to capture the moment, but find that you can’t.  When you come across another one, so different yet just as powerful, you realize why you got there and just sit back and enjoy that moment until the next one.

Create impressions

Travels create memories and make for great stories.  At the same time,  there are scents, images and sounds that have the power to bring you back to a particular spot and time when you first experienced them.  It’s not something you can always explain or share with others.  It becomes your own, unique and special impression of a time and place that can make you smile or cry, depending on the moment.

Those impressions are hidden in our memories and often forgotten until that special moment when they briefly re-surface.  Shouldn’t everyone have at least a few?

Meet new people

When you travel, you meet new people.  Sometimes those people live in the same area as you, sometimes they live in other parts of the world, but you wouldn’t have met them if you didn’t go somewhere together. Maybe it was a group trip or shared room in a hostel. Those people, thrown with you by chance, can become good friends and future travel companions that can lead to new places you wouldn’t have ever considered.  So why not get out there?

Discover the hidden

Guide books are great sources of information and can make your trip planning a whole lot easier.  But there are times when tourists stumble upon places not in the guides and discover their own special favourites.  Other times, it’s the locals that can open your eyes to something wonderful that you can’t find on maps or in travel books.  Why not feel like an adventurer and discover your own gems?

Embrace other cultures

As the saying goes “When in Rome do as the Romans do.”  No matter how authentic something is unless you’re getting it from the source, it’s not the same kind of experience.  Being surrounded by the culture and customs of a particular country offers an insight into how the locals truly live.  Doing so, lets you discover obscure and interesting nuances that form another culture.

Fulfill your dreams

Most people have a bucket list which can include places they want to see before they die.  I think everyone should have such a list.  Identifying desired locations makes it easy to plan vacations and provides an excuse to get out there.  Every time you check a line off your list is a step closer to achieving your goals.

Bucket lists are not always about places.  They can also include experiences such as swimming with sharks, running with the bulls, or climbing a mountain.  Whatever your bucket list includes, why not get started on it?

Get away from the ordinary

No matter where we live, our lives can become mundane and we yearn to see what else is out there.  You can live in a town full of historical architecture and colourful past and yearn to see modern cities with skyscrapers made of glass and concrete.  You can be surrounded by green hills and rivers and yearn for the desert.  No matter what you call home, being there day in and day out becomes your reality.  Visiting areas vastly different then what you call home not only helps you experience the different but also appreciate what you got even more.

Feed your addiction

If you’ve done any of the above, chances are you’ve become addicted to travel.  Learning about different countries, seeing natural wonders and places with cultural significance is no longer a reason you travel.  Now you do it to feed your addiction and quench your thirst.  You have an inane sense of curiosity that pushes you to learn more and experience things first hand.  Need I say more?

Now you know my top 10 reasons to travel. Why do you travel? Let me know in comments.

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    Sharon
    28 Jul 2017
    5:05am

    Exiting Santa Lucia station in Venice to find myself facing the Grand Canal and surrounded by the beauty and bustle that is Venice took my breathe away. Staying in an AirBNB in Rome meant we stumbled upon the best pastry shop in town, almost exclusively frequented by locals. Raspberry tart for breakfast, yum!

      kasiawrites
      28 Jul 2017
      7:10am

      That’s awesome! I love memories like that! Thanks for sharing 😁 Do you recall the name of the pastry shop by any chance?

    Mel & Suan
    28 Jul 2017
    7:24am

    Heheh – for us it is also to relax! Don’t think about anything from home

      kasiawrites
      28 Jul 2017
      7:25am

      Definitely! Leave it all behind 👍🏼

    Stewie Overseas
    28 Jul 2017
    8:50am

    Great post, Kasia. I also think it’s so important to get away from the ordinary. One’s own ordinary, that is. My ordinary is someone else’s extraordinary, and someone else’s ordinary is my extraordinary. But you also learn these things when you travel.

      kasiawrites
      28 Jul 2017
      9:18am

      Thanks Jen! I absolutely agree. Getting away from the everyday makes you appreciate it when you come back. Your ordinary is someone’s extraordinary and when you leave, you gain a different perspective.

      I think this was one of the last blogs I wrote before I gave it all up years ago. I still really enjoy reading it. Glad you did too 👊🏼

        Stewie Overseas
        28 Jul 2017
        6:01pm

        As you should enjoy reading it 🙂

    guineapigtraveler
    28 Jul 2017
    11:32am

    One of the things that has surprised me is how many amazing people I meet on my travels! It’s one of my most unexpected and favorite parts! 🙂

      kasiawrites
      28 Jul 2017
      11:34am

      I agree! So many wonderful people out there! Thanks for sharing!

    ultimatetravel8
    28 Jul 2017
    4:05pm

    Great post! One of my top reasons is to experience new cultures! Thanks for sharing!

      kasiawrites
      28 Jul 2017
      4:12pm

      So happy you liked it! 👊🏼😁

    Dippy-Dotty Girl
    28 Jul 2017
    5:48pm

    My one reason for travel is not to be a frog in a well. To avoid a blinkered existence that might spring from being born and living all your life in one place without knowing that the world has just so much to offer. And have a gelato or two along the way. Surely this is a recommended addiction? 😉

      kasiawrites
      28 Jul 2017
      5:51pm

      It absolutely is! 👊🏼 great comment! Love the metaphor. Surely nobody wants to be a frog in a well! 🐸

        Dippy-Dotty Girl
        28 Jul 2017
        6:15pm

        Hehe thanks *fist bump. Your lovely post invited it. There is a movie called ‘Agantuk’ (The Stranger) by an Indian filmmaker, Satyajit Ray, where the protagonist returns years later from his foreign travels to spend time with his niece in Calcutta. It is one of Ray’s underrated films and I don’t know why. In it, the protagonist tells his grandson about the need to travel, to spread his mind far and wide. That film inspired me hugely. I wish you could watch – the traveller in you would love it.

          kasiawrites
          28 Jul 2017
          6:26pm

          I will look online. Maybe I’ll find it. Sounds interesting!

            Dippy-Dotty Girl
            28 Jul 2017
            6:28pm

            I have no idea if there are subtitles though. I intend to put my husband on the job and fish it out because I want to make him watch it 🙂

              kasiawrites
              28 Jul 2017
              6:31pm

              Ah! Then it might be lost on me. I assumed it would be with subtitles 🤔

                Dippy-Dotty Girl
                28 Jul 2017
                6:35pm

                Well I have to look for the subtitles. My copy of it has none. But I have noticed that the husband does get subtitles off the Net somehow.

    KathrinS
    31 Jul 2017
    2:44pm

    Love these! I especially enjoy meeting new people in the places I visit, and also embracing cultures I had maybe only read about before.

      kasiawrites
      31 Jul 2017
      2:55pm

      Thanks Kathrin! I totally agree. Thanks for your input 😁👍🏼

    wigglebee1984
    18 Oct 2018
    5:29pm

    I’m glad you have feed your addiction on this list. I’m Kellee and I’m a travel addict! lol. Although, it’s very true. I honestly feel anyone should travel, even if its to another city in your own country… it’s so nice to go somewhere new.

      kasiawrites
      18 Oct 2018
      5:38pm

      Right?!? I don’t understand people who never leave the place they live in! 🙉

    Jimmy
    18 Oct 2018
    8:27pm

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    I fully agree with embracing new cultures being a top reason to travel. I think it is important to travel in order to develop your own view of the world. Good read.

      kasiawrites
      19 Oct 2018
      3:25pm

      Thank you! I absolutely love that about travel. Different cultures has so much to offer and you’d never experience them from sitting at home!

    Jojo
    18 Oct 2018
    9:05pm

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    Ohh! I totally forgot about that bucketlist site until you mentioned it. Let me see if I still know my log in information.

    You are absolutely right with your reasons to travel. The most important one for me is to experience other cultures and remember how lucky I am to be able to physically and financially travel.

      kasiawrites
      19 Oct 2018
      3:24pm

      It’s been so eye opening to travel to other places and meet people from different cultures. That is one of my fave reasons too!

    Soumya Gayatri
    19 Oct 2018
    7:53am

    I love your post because much of it holds true for me. You seem to have covered all the aspects there. I travel because I love history and I like to meet up with new people and most importantly experience cultures that are different from my own. I dont know what I would do without travel.

      kasiawrites
      19 Oct 2018
      8:46am

      Thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed it. Travel is such an interesting thing and one I think you need to experience to understand. For me history was really the main draw for wanting to see the places I have read about.

    Matija
    19 Oct 2018
    8:14am

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    You covered all the reasons that people might have that makes them want to travel, and that is true, and I agree with each and every one of those reasons.

      kasiawrites
      19 Oct 2018
      3:23pm

      Thank you! There are so many reason we all travel, but I felt these would hit all the major points 🙂

    shreyasaha1987
    20 Oct 2018
    7:59pm

    I guess there are 101 reasons to travel but you nicely summarized the top 10 reasons and I couldn’t agree with you more. Traveling is a dream to me, and it takes my breath away when I achieve it bit by bit. Yes I get to embrace so many cultures, get to know so much about the history of the place, and so many more reasons. Lived your post.

      kasiawrites
      22 Oct 2018
      12:53pm

      Thanks so much! I think you have captured what I wrote perfectly! Travel is a beautiful thing 😀

    Medha Verma
    21 Oct 2018
    2:22am

    There was a time I’d try to explain to not-so-passionate about travel people about why I loved to do it so much and wanted to be on the go given the smallest opportunity, but now I just say ‘because I love to’. Lol. Having said that, the 10 reasons you’ve listed are truly some of the reasons I love to travel! Meeting new people, learning about their ways of life, cultures, religions, beliefs, looking at amazing landscapes, trying different foods are all good reasons to go to as many different places as possible.

      kasiawrites
      22 Oct 2018
      12:54pm

      I’m glad to hear that my reasons resonate with you. I think non-travel people just don’t get it no matter what. On the other hand, I’m like how can you not travel???

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