Why do you travel?

@2timothy (794)
Philippines
January 10, 2007 5:43am CST
There is a saying that: Reading a thousand books is better than travelling ten thousand miles. And there is also a saying that: Travelling a thousand miles is better than reading ten thousand books. Do you agree? How about you, why do you travel?
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@craftwave (1338)
• United States
10 Jan 07
Books are great for a few hours mini vacation and you can get an idea of what life is like someplace else but its not the same as actually going. No book can give you the smells and sounds of a place. A book just doesn't involve all your senses. Thats the best part about traveling. All of your senses are involved not just your inmagination. So the next time you read a book about someplace you have been you can then remember all the sights and sounds that you experienced. I travel because I like to see new places and meet new people. i prefer getting off the highways and getting into the bywayswhere the real people live. Not what is just set up for tourist.
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@2timothy (794)
• Philippines
29 Jan 07
I'll be glad to show you around here if ever you decide to come over, just contact me, I can bring you to where many tourists have never been to or even dare to go to and eat some of the native foods never found anywhere else. :)
@kirokiro (95)
• Malaysia
1 Feb 07
travel broaden our horizon. There is nothing that can compare personal experience. Do it before you are too old.
@2timothy (794)
• Philippines
25 Mar 07
I think there is no age limit for one to travel except for medical reasons, one can even have senior discounts, a large percentage of travelers are those who are retired since they have the money and time at their disposal, but with the modern conveniences today, even a person on wheel chair can travel though with a few limitations.
@Eiloin (327)
29 Jan 07
I love reading books because with my imagination I can perceive places I have never been, situations I have never lived and people I have never met. But I am limited in the writer's way of view and descriptive capacity. This can not be compared with the experience of traveling. When you travel you meet real people, see images that words cannot describe, get familiar with mentalities, ways of life and characters a book cannot include. Books are words and words are never enough to express the real life.
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@chiquitita (1227)
• Indonesia
10 Jan 07
I think the saying is right. But there are certain circumstances that cant be done by only reading the books. Every place has its own uniqueness that only can be enjoyed by seeing or doing it your self. The book may tell about lets say the matador in Spain. Eventhough the book describes it very clearly, I'm sure it will only make you want to watch it yourself even more! Well, one more thing, you cant shop for the unique souvenirs from the book! That's why I prefer travelling to reading the books. Cheers!