“Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.”
– Anthony Bourdain
Recently, I wrote a twitter post that got high engagement. It was a fundamental question to the twitter world on what inspires you to travel, with a range of options to go with the issue at hand.
What followed was a lengthy and friendly debate with many varying responses. Although, a clear winner throughout the conversation happened to be a country’s culture, closely followed by food. Those responses certainly didn’t surprise me.
However, other responses came to the fore and it was the variety of responses I got through the conversation that had me thinking about all the ideas that inspire people to travel. Hence, turning the twitter debate into a blog post with several reasons included on why travel is indeed inspiring to so many people around the world.
Therefore, what is the leading reasons which inspire you to travel the world, let’s find out the big appeal to galivanting and the motivation behind an adventure to a faraway place.
What Inspires you to travel and Hit the Road More Often
Let’s begin with a quote, a longwinded quote by a guy named Terry Pratchett, who I think nails it when it comes to inspiration for travel.
“Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colours. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.”
― Terry Pratchett, A Hat Full of Sky
The Cultures of the World
Culture is an incredible thing, and it’s well worth a trip abroad to see how different cultures can be from country to country.
Of course, this only works if you leave your fancy resort and get out to where the real world is of your visited destination and witness the indigenous in the natural setting of their everyday life.
It’s an eye-opening experience to see how others live, compared to your backyard back home. No two countries are alike, and it’s a little reality check to get out to the local villages, towns or districts, to learn about the culture and their way of life.
In doing so, you can have an idea of the country’s customs, their religious values, marriage rituals, work ethics, the food that’s traditionally eaten and a general idea of their regular day.
Tasting and Experimenting with different foods
Delicious foods of the world, where would we be without the delicious food when travelling and experiment with our taste buds from restaurant to restaurant?
Tell me now, who doesn’t love travelling into another country to try various foods, with the different flavours and to eat as the locals would eat, it’s why you go travel to begin with.
In the twitter conversation, trying different foods had been a popular choice, and honestly, it’s hard to argue with that fact, for quite often we are thinking with our stomachs when in travel mode or at home for that matter.
Being somewhere different other than home
A holiday is leaving the comforts of your home and travelling abroad to the unknown and completely foreign country.
The very idea inspires many travellers to go on their next adventure.
The thought of being away from your usual surrounds excites most people, because a change is a good thing in life and to get that much-needed change in environment, for even a short while, lifts the mood of your yourself and those around you.
The fact you can be yourself again
I always feel that when you’re at home, you’re generally living in a robotic world where our lives are full of routine and order, whether you’re at the office or in your home.
Many days in the real world is like Groundhog Day. You wake up at the same time, leave for the office at the same hour, get home when the sun is fading away and fall asleep at the same hour as the night before. Every day the routine is typically the same.
To get out of the robotic system in life, a change needs to happen, and travel always offers a chance for a change in routine.
It’s when you’re in that different environment; you can genuinely be yourself again because the Groundhog Day routine’s broken, and the refreshing change of scenery gives you fresh and happy vibe once again.
The friendly locals
The friendly locals always put a smile on your face when travelling abroad, and personally, there is nothing better gained in an adventure than to meet the locals and enjoy a conversation.
A general conversation may be a little tricky if the language barrier is in the way, but heck, it has never stopped me from laughing a minute with someone I couldn’t communicate with.
When you do get up close and personal to the locals, it’s when you learn the finer details about the person you’re talking with and learn of their background, heritage and values.
Visiting Unique Attractions
Attractions of the world is an unbelievable sight to see, whether it’s an old heritage building, a famous temple, or a modern skyrise building taller than the eye can see.
Each city you visit always has an incredible appeal to the destination and the epic photo-taking moment is still bound to happen no matter where you travel.
During our research, before heading off to our holidays, we’re often Googling information on specific places to visit, major attractions in the area and other random searches deemed worthwhile for the upcoming vacation.
Let me know – what inspires you to travel
I have given several reasons on what motivates you to travel, but I am sure there are many other reasons not on the list, which inspire many people to begin planning their next trip.
In the comments below, I would love to hear what inspires you to travel, whether it’s mentioned or not, I’m interested to know what excites you the most and to have an understanding behind the biggest inspiration of travel.
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