Why Travel?

Why travel? Why not?

For every reason to travel, you can probably find a dozen reasons against it.  Not enough time, not enough money, you don’t want to derail your career,you have a house, you have loans, you don’t want to leave your family and friends, you have too many commitments, you only know one language, you’ve never left your country, hell, you’ve never left your state, you’re scared, you have kids, you’re too old, you’re too young, you’ve never traveled alone…

Yea, there are a lot of reasons not to travel.  I’m sure you can think of a billion more.  What you have to ask yourself is, when you put the whys up against the why nots, which side comes out on top?  Once you figure out the answer to that, the cons melt away.  Traveling is not for everyone. Grueling, sweaty, extended traveling around the world is right for even less people.

So, why travel? More specifically, why travel around the world for 4 years, like I’m planning? Because I have to. I feel it in my bones that this is what is right for me. Never in my life do I feel more alive, more stable, and more me than when I’m traveling. It’s like…traveling brings out the best version of myself, the version of me that I wish I could be all the time. I’m happier, more confident, more ambitious, less moody and more free. That far outweighs the cons in my book…

I’ve learned first hand that when people hear that you want to travel around the world, their reaction is usually either “well, isn’t that nice” or “you’re a nutcase”.  Either way, they don’t get it.  And that’s ok. I have the same reactions when people tell me they are getting married or having kids.  We have different priorities.  It’s okay!! Not everyone in the world has to have the same life objectives.  That is what makes life complicated and hard and beautiful.

Travel is my truth.  It’s my freedom, my passion, my strength.  It’s what makes my heart sing, it’s what expands my mind and it’s what feeds my soul. That is why I travel.

2 Comments

2 thoughts on “Why Travel?

  1. Agreeing whole heartedly with all you have said.
    Travel seems to bring the true life in people out I’ve found.
    It’s shame people only get to experience that for a limited amount of time on vacations and short breaks.
    Wish you all the best in your Round the World experience, and look forward to your updates.

  2. Thanks! Let me know if there’s something you think I can do better or there’s something you want to see here. Cheers!

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