There are two levels to answer the question of why people travel. The first is obvious, and probably the reason why we give and testify to others. We travel so that we can see the sights, experience other cultures, attend events and learn more about the world.
These are exciting reasons. But there are deeper reasons for traveling that have less of what the make when we travel and more to do with traveling makes us . These five modes of change in ourselves are at the heart of what makes travel so compelling.
The journey enriches you, before, during and after
The anticipation after a trip is almost stimulating and the journey itself and the memories afterwards. Knowing what you have ahead, and imagining it in detail, gives life excitement and relief to fall into work. The more accurate the picture of the trip, the more future trips will interest you in advance.
In the journey itself, daily life can be a lot. Living these moments to the fullest and noticing everything around you allows you to increase your life. Obviously, the added experience of this kind is the quality of travel style that takes you around the bus and out into the streets and squares, landscapes and waterways, of the places you are visiting. Independent travel is a world beyond "inclusive" travel.
Travel expands your vision of the world
As you travel, you gain a frame for history and significant touches that bring you to your present life and time. Now you stand in the evil office of Pope Borgia, surrounded by very walls that contained the man with enough power to write a Papal Bull deal – which required all the riches of the West for Spain and Portugal, and secured it for the next 200 years. When you stop at the place where it happened, the events and the importance come with a new meaning.
Now you are looking down the stairs that lead to the corridors that connect Leonardo da Vinci's home to the royal palace across the street. It was through this tunnel that King Françoise traveled to sit and talk to his friend's geniuses. And now you're in Bayeux, where French William the Conqueror built his naval ships to cross the Channel and claim the throne of England.
Each of these experiences broadens your vision of the world and your initial sense of time and place.
Travel makes you lively and more interesting
Travel gives you something to look forward to … preparing for … learning for … and later to share. You will bring stories home. Life can become somewhat monotonous if you let it pass, especially after you retire and the job ends. Hopefully, it is at least as valuable as the trip itself and the memories that accompany the trip.
How much better is having travel stories and reviews to share then to have your conversation limited to your latest medical visits and your dissatisfaction with the weeds in your grass.
The journey renews you
Travel, and a journey to travel, will restore your interest. You look forward to the road with anticipation instead of experiencing the dull sense of repetition and habits.
The journey challenges you to be at your most successful and focused level. Comfort areas can be convenient. But it's good for you to be regularly taken out of your comfort zone. Otherwise, your social skills may begin to deteriorate and your ability to think on your feet and solve problems may be diminished by abuse.
Travel improves your health and well-being
Travel gives you a reason to be healthy. And it keeps you sharp for longer! Your travel challenges test your sharpness daily. Traveling can be challenging, especially if you are not "nosy" during a group trip. You know you have to be on your toes – to be aware of the situation – to watch carefully. You have to walk a lot, including the up and down hills and stairs.
In general, when you return home you will be in better shape than you have been for months or even years. And if you start anticipating another journey ahead, you will have the real incentive to continue these improvements and be ready for the next time.
Changes and benefits
These changes and benefits for travel can become permanent. Your life will be filled with enrichment, you will think more. You will find that you are deliberately incorporating lifestyle changes that you have learned while traveling. You will be more vibrant and interesting because you have received regular energy. And you will experience increased health and well-being.
In all, this travel makes a bargain.