Eight Reasons Why I Love To Travel:
Here is a fantastic quote to get us started.
Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in little corner of the earth all one's ife. - Mark Twain.
And the following are my own personal reasons to travel:
- Excitement. I need excitement in my life because it makes me feel alive. New experiences, new places to explore, and new people to meet, are all part of this. I have family who are horrified at the thought of moving around as much as we do. They hate the thought of not having a permanent place to lay their head. But I’m filled with horror at the thought of staying in the same place for twenty years. Driving the same route day in and day out, to work and back. The same routine every day for as long as the kids are with us. No thanks; that is not for me. I need newness and excitement, and as a family, we do whatever it takes to be able to facilitate this lifestyle.
- Inspiration. I love to hear other people’s stories. I love to get my own inspiration from seeing the achievements of others, and I love to hear all about their life experiences. Also, I have a story or two of my own to tell, and like to be an inspiration to other people.
- Flexibility and adaptability. By traveling so much, I develop flexibility and I become more adaptable. I learn that plans have to change, and they change often. The ability to just wing it, is a really great skill to develop. Before we traveled, adaptability was not my best quality. When you have certain ways that things need to be done, a sudden change to that routine can be tough. I have definitely learned to chill and go with the flow, and this is in direct proportion to how many new situations we have put ourselves in.
- Patience. As a family, we have learned patience. What choice do you have when you’re on a road trip, and after the first 30 minutes all the kids need to pee? And this happens every time. Without fail. Especially when you have one three year-old who is under strict doctor’s orders to drink a lot every day. It stands to reason that if he drinks a lot he needs to stop a lot, too. There is no driving for four hours without stopping. Getting all of us through airport check in requires a lot of patience from the kids, too. They have to stand for quite a while as we sort everything out, and they have (mostly) become pretty good at it. Then there’s patience with each other. Not snapping and still speaking nicely when we are all horribly jet lagged, and desperate for sleep.
- Expansion. We have to expand as human beings, and facing our fears sure makes us do that. Getting out of our comfort zone also helps with our expansion. Our minds expand as we meet new people, experience new cultures and explore new places. We cannot stay the same as we were before. When we are thrown in at the deep end we either sink or swim. And when we swim instead of sink, our minds expand and our emotional muscles grow stronger. When we do the same thing day in, day out, we do not have such ready opportunities to grow. Instead, we get trapped in the same ways of doing and thinking things, and for me, that kind of life is unfulfilling.
- Freedom. This is the biggie. Travel makes me feel free. What I want in life is to have the freedom to pack up and go whenever I (we) want. I want to romp through life with my family, roam the world with them, and together build a bond and memories which will echo through a thousand lifetimes. And being free from the normal routine of a nine to five job, and from a mortgage, gives us the opportunity to do that.
- No regrets. I don’t want to be on my death bed, and have regrets about all the things I never did. Nope. I want to live a life worth remembering; and at that point to have had a life full of shared experiences to think back on. There are so many people who are dissatisfied with their lives, and who want change. But change only happens when we are willing to put ourselves out there, take a risk, and do something a bit different. You know the saying, “If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always got.” Change means taking a chance, but I’d rather take that chance than just do the same thing for the rest of my life.
- Awesomeness. Last but not least, I get to see some really cool stuff.
Go confidently in the direction of your dreams, live the life you have imagined. - David Henry Thoreau.
Begin living the greatest life anyone ever dared to dream. - Wayne Dyer.
Life is there for me to live, and the world is there for me to see. You too, if you want to.
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