For what reason do you travel?

September 11, 2010 7:22pm CST
Over the years I have travelled for many reasons. Here are just a few. When I was young I read many accounts about people who had travelled to many different parts of the world. I loved trains and also the open road. The different cultures, the beautiful landscapes - so I had a dream about travelling the world. About twenty years ago, most of that got fulfilled in a year around the world trip, which included the USA, Canada, South America, Asia, Australia, New Zealand - just over twenty countries in all. Got to travel on many planes, trains, ferries, boats and open roads into the bargain. There was a time when I was really hooked on skiing, so saw quite a bit of Europe in this way; at least it's mountain scape! In more recent years I have concentrated more on just the UK; there is just so much to see here! With less money to spend and different interests, it also makes a lotta sense!! Have really got into music festivals and retreats for religious contemplation, that this fills all my vacation time. So... what are your reasons to travel???
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@maximax8 (31141)
• United Kingdom
12 Sep 10
When I was a child the idea of traveling captured my imagination. I had a globe and I used to move my finger across different countries whilst hoping that one day I might go to those particular places. When I was a child I had a wonderful time visiting France with my family. I heard foreign languages and was keen to visit more places when I was older. In my teenage years I saved money from my paper round and my Saturday job in a shop. I was able to go to Greece when I was 14 years old with my mom. Then at age 17 years old I went to the Netherlands with a friend. At 18 years old I worked as a children's nanny in Finland and I managed to travel around Europe after that placement ended. When I was 19 years old I bought my cottage and life seemed to be going really well. I had vacations to Tunisia and St Lucia. Then all of a sudden I was made redundant and I worried how I was going to get another job in a recession. I let out my cottage, got a working holiday visa for Australia and off I went on my world trip. I stayed away for just over one year and on my trip visited California, Hawaii, Fiji, Australia, Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia. When I got home from my trip I began my teacher training. I have carried on traveling since then because seeing other places is my top hobby. Last year I traveled to Cape Town and the Garden Route then this year I went to Vancouver. Whilst there is a lot to see in the UK there are so many other countries and regions within those on my travel wish for the future.
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12 Sep 10
I can see why you're #1 in travel, as this is a very descriptive response! Have you found that your tastes and interests have changed very much over the years? One angle that I had for a while was learning and using Spanish, when visiting South America and Spain... Thank you.
@maximax8 (31141)
• United Kingdom
13 Sep 10
I became interested in snorkeling and that made me wish to visit more tropical islands. Yes, I got interested in learning Spanish when I visited Guatemala and went to a Spanish evening class. These days I tend to visit places that are accessible because my toddler son isn't able to walk. I so wish to visit South America and that would be amazing. Which areas of South America did you like most?
@larrychen (165)
12 Sep 10
For me, I just want to experience a different life style while in travel. It's a method to find yourself on the road. I love the feeling on the road, sometimes only by my own.
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12 Sep 10
Thank you for making your first response on my discussion! Yes, travelling can certainly widen your horizons; help to appreciate where other people/ cultures are coming from. Travelling on one's own is also good, are you then find out more about the places you travel too. You're not spending time talking to your companion/s!
• Philippines
12 Sep 10
I had been travelling since I was in my teens. Been to Hong Kong and China. I love to go to other countries to know the history, culture and to eat their food. I hope I can travel in the future as I do online earnings. Looking forward to great times in the future.
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@greenline (14842)
• Canada
12 Sep 10
I have traveled to a number of countries in different parts of the world. I like traveling too, very much. Most of my travels were on business trips. My job requires me to travel two or three times in a year. Oh yeah, it is always so interesting to see beautiful places in the countries, and to meet with people of different nationalities and cultures.
@juneramir (334)
• Philippines
15 Sep 10
Relax, unwind, and get away from it all – sometimes, I just need to step back and take a very deep breath; whether or not life is going well. If it’s going well, I need to step back, go somewhere, and analyze what’s keeping this life together so well. How do I keep on moving on with this kind of positive motivation. For the most part, these trips are usually short day trips – hikes or trail runs. When life is at a mess and at a high-stress level, I usually get away from it all to relieve stress. Again, step back and determine the cause of stress and the best solution to reduce it. These trips are usually during weekends – two nights at most. Have a nice day :)
@fherfher (259)
• Philippines
13 Sep 10
One of the reason why i travel is because that i want to enjoy. I want to relax and release my stress. I also love trying new things when i get to a new places. Meeting new friends. I also love to learn different culture. Most of all i want to enjoy life that's why i travel.