Sunday, February 17, 2013

5 Reasons Why I Love to Travel



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Honestly, I am not the world’s biggest traveler. I have not even crossed the international borders more than what my 2 hands can count but the numbers are increasing. Needless to say, I love doing it and will continue to do so. Here are 5 reasons why I love to Travel:

1. It is the journey, not the destination:

Cliché as it may sound and common to start this off with, the journey of getting somewhere is much more exciting in getting there. For me at least.

You see, there are a lot of feelings incorporated in the journey to getting somewhere. You plan, you anticipate, you get excited, you read about the places which gets you closer to being worldly, you study, you save, you inspire. All these feelings allow you to grow to a person who would be very much willing to open their minds to whatever that new border could offer. The pictures and stories can say a lot about a place but it is the experience first-hand that makes it unique. The journey readies you for that experience. Stables you, prepares you, and eventually propel you to the new wonders of a different place, culture and people.


2. Actual experience is different from what you have read:

We usually imagine ourselves being behind or next or in front of one of the wonders of the world or even one of the famous spots in a country. Then you see pictures, read stories, perhaps see it on travel shows and you tell yourself, “I will be there one day.” Or ask yourself “what would it be like if I am there?” I bet it would be more than that if you are experiencing it in flesh. The experience and the memories will be one of your priceless treasures that you will ever have in your life. 

3. It allows you to appreciate life:

No matter where you are from, no matter what you do in life, no matter what your status in the society is traveling makes you appreciate life and all its angles. That it makes you realize there is something amazing beyond your horizon. 

4. Culture is best learned through emersion :

My sociologist self is speaking here, allow me, haha. Traveling doesn’t necessarily mean that you go to different tourist spots found in a traveling book. Yes, you can read about what the culture is like in different countries, the do’s and don’ts and everything you need to know before heading somewhere. But when you experience it from the core, through the backdoors of the country, you only not find the best things but also get to fully grasp the culture of that place you are in.


5. You grow up:
  
I wrote about “Great Perhaps” a while back and a whole lot of blab about it, you can read about it here:  http://wanderinganneskie.blogspot.com/2013/01/the-great-perhaps.html .  With all the things I listed here, I think this is one of the best reasons I always remind myself why I make sure I have enough finances to go out. Finding the “Great Perhaps” like that of exploring beyond what lies in your horizon gives you a hefty chance of growing up. Yes we can be worldly through the books we read, and I aimed for that too. But by exploring, seeing things with your eyes, by enjoying the journey, by getting out and just travelling, it allows you to grow up. Make you look at things in a new perspective, rejuvenates you in a way, that at the end of it you come back different, you but not really you, the same on the outside but different from within, renewed and have grown up.


When you have the chance to pack up your bags and just go, go, just go. Say “fuck it” and just go.



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