Hunting for cheap flights and hotels, being stuck in traffic enroute the airport, missing luggage and renewing your passport. These are just some of the many stress triggers you put yourself through because of that vacation to Japan, Bali or Istanbul. But you still do it, over and over again. You breeze past the unpleasantness, all for being able to return to say that you have “been there done that”. The burning question of “why we travel”.
“Been there, done that”
The allure of travel is strong and unwavering. Even the strongest of souls bow down to it. Because everyone needs a break. Distance from normality. And this is good for you. Studies have shown that travelling makes you more creative and better decision makers. The contrast of cultures makes us more open minded and acceptable to things we’re not typically familiar with. Simple example of eating with hands may be a norm to South East Asians but not in some other countries. So when we travel abroad, we learn to accept that what we know may not always be right and realize that there are many ways to interpret the world we live in.
Digging deeper into why we travel
Many times when we are on the journey, we do not realize its benefits. Besides the instant hike in number of likes and comments on that Instagram photo you posted, you will only feel the rewards in retrospective. Returning from a week long trip, you will feel that now you have grown as a person. Equipped with more skills than when you left. Others may realize, often times they don’t. But you know you have changed.
Will we ever stop yearning to travel? Will we ever see enough of the world? You can say that you have set foot on every part of this earth and still have not seen it all. The world is ever changing. New places are discovered and some forgotten. A traveller’s view of Bangkok in the 1950s may be different from yours who just went there last week. Hanoi looks and feels different before and after the war. The hike up Mount Kinabalu is not the same since the 2015 quake. The landscape of these travel destinations are not rigid, its fluid and that is why we will keep travelling.
You may travel to heal a broken heart, to look for newfound friendships, to prove to yourself that you are independent. Whatever the reason may be, a destination is only as interesting as you make it out to be. Have a curious and wandering mind, and you will never want to stop travelling. At the end of it all, we may not even need an answer to why we travel.
Are you a wanderlust? Do you think you’ve travelled enough? Or do you share the same sentiments as we do? Share your thoughts in the comments section.
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