This post was most recently updated on February 16th, 2019
Many people see the opportunity to travel as the perfect excuse for adventure, relaxation, to make memories, and to do the things you wouldn’t usually do in your regular daily life. However, others don’t have the same spark to travel and may be wondering what all the fuss is about. The goal of my blog is to encourage the latter to go out there and explore the world. Here’s something about me. I have a full-time desk job that goes way beyond 9-to-5, I have domestic responsibilities at home and parents to visit regularly. But the passion to explore keeps my husband and me always on the move. We love to explore the world one weekend at a time and sometimes one extended vacation a year.
The detailed guides and travelogues on the blog are not just information about a place, they are real-life stories to inspire people to make time to travel. “Make time to travel” is the motto of our brand because we sincerely believe that you need a time-off to backpack and explore. You may not be an adventure junkie, or have what they called “wanderlust”, but here are seven more reasons you still need a getaway.
Ever wondered why people who are so used to working in the sterilized environments of well-decorated office, find the urge to leave their cushy chairs and camp in the jungles? We are literally used to having the lights on and off with a motion of our hands, and we leave that comfort, spend our money to visit a place where we are at the mercy of the mountains. That’s the allure of nature. The allure of purity, pure air, and a clear blue sky. Imagine the sound of construction replaced by the ruffling of leaves, the honking replaced by the chirping of birds. Nature still remains one of the most popular inspiration for wanderlust.
Travelling doesn’t have to be an entirely self-centered venture (unless you want it to be), as there are plenty of opportunities to support charitable causes and take part in Charity Challenge across the globe to suit all time frames, budgets, abilities and scope for adventure. This could mean you join a group trek, with the advantages of meeting new people, joining a charity group cycling from Milan to Monaco or help to build a school in a 3rd world country. These opportunities give you the ability to travel with a purpose, by dedicating your time to work with a group of people to raise money or build a community to make less fortunate peoples lives in the world better.
This a significant purpose of assigning to your travels, and will give you a strong sense of fulfillment and accomplishment.
A huge aspect of traveling is experiencing and spending time in different communities and cultures and soaking up the different history and politics of the way others live. It helps you respect people and communities, about whom you might have been prejudiced about before. It helps you to expand your perspective.
It’s also courteous to delve into a new city or towns culture by taking a tour or tasting local cuisine when you’re away. In doing so you will get a real feel for the culture, and you will also be supporting local businesses in the world. When we remain in the same city/town/village, it’s easy to become complacent with what we have, and sometimes to even take it for granted. Visiting other communities can teach us about alternative ways of living and also encourage gratitude particularly when you visit countries that are less fortunate than the UK.
Being away from daily stressors can be somewhat of a relationship therapy for couples and help to bring families closer together too. Without work obligations and running a home for a temporary period, you have extra time to create memories, bond and have fun with your family whether it’s a one day trip to Bangalore or a week in Panama. These will most likely be the moments your children remember when they are older, which is why it’s imperative to book time away from your home now and again.
Particularly for those who work in industries which require creativity and imaginative thinking, traveling can aid in filling up your creative well with ideas. Sometimes having a break away from home and work, will help improve your mental state, by relieving stress. Because you are in a relaxed state of mind, you will be more receptive to your surroundings, engagements with new people, exploring new areas and scenery, all of which can aid in feeding your inspiration and inventive thinking.
Travel is a great way to learn new things. So if you have kids, that’s not a deterrent, in fact, that’s another reason why you should make time to explore. The chapters of the Vijayanagara empire never seemed so interesting when I read it in school. But fifteen years later, when we visited the ruins Hampi, I got goosebumps just to imagine the events that took place here centuries ago. A visit to the archeological museum is necessary for children to appreciate what they learn in school. Take your child on a trip to Bhutan to make them realize what Gross National Happiness is. Travel will help them grow up to be more environmentally conscious citizens of earth.
Surprising but true. People who love to travel develop better immunity as well as better mental health. That’s why doctors often prescribe a vacation to patients of depression and trauma. Trekking a mountain, running on beaches or taking a yoga retreat is so much more interesting than running on a treadmill. For people who feel the lack of motivation to hit the gym, travel is the best medicine. When you drive all the way to see a fort perched atop a hill and you finally spot it, that’s motivation enough for you to put your muscles to action and climb.
Want some adrenaline rush? Take a short break to visit Goa – beaches, hills , forts , history – you will get them all.
When you are struggling to justify spending your precious time and money on traveling, assigning a purpose to one’s travels can make your adventure more interesting and meaningful. It can aid something that might currently be missing from your life that you didn’t know you needed until you go on your travels. These could be things as mentioned above such as; helping others through charity work, supporting diverse communities and cultures, spending quality time with your family and creating memories, and providing your inspiration and ideas for your work.
What do you think? What is your inspiration for travel? Tell me in your comments below.
I agree with all of your points but my favorite one is definitely to Broaden your mind. Traveling sure does that and helps you become a better person through learning about different cultures, while narrowing the gap between us and them
Travel does definitely broaden the mind. From a fitness perspective as well, we keep fit as we walk so much seeing new places. We enjoy just getting lost and walking as much as we can everywhere we visit. Thanks for sharing.
I had no idea that traveling is so much healthy for my mind, wow that’s surprising. I love traveling but the more I travel the more weird I feel when I come to the “normal” people I used to hang out before. Now my best friends are those who are travel freaks as me. 😀 very interesting article, enjoyed reading and reflecting.
Well, the next time someone asks me why I travel – I will just forward this blog post to them! Thanks for the summary and the inspiration to keep on travelling. I just now realize that I am more prone to walk distances and up a hill when I travel then I would in my day-to-day routine. Go Figure!
I needed to read this and thank you for the reminder. I have been so caught up with work that I have been so stuck at the office. The daily grind has been taking a toll on me already.
Thank you for sharing these 7 reasons why we should travel. I really believe it will help me get inspired to work again.
I agree with all your points since that’s what we do during our traveling. I really hope more people going to nature though. But must be responsible. And as a family traveler, nothing’s better than learning history, science, math, or social interaction during traveling. So much to learn!
Ahhhh there are so many fantastic reasons why you MUST make time for travel. Travel has been amazing in broadening my mind and expanding my perspectives. To learn about new cultures and taste new foods and meet new people, travel has been amazing for this. And it has really inspired creativity for my own personal and professional life.
I could come up with at least 1000 reasons why we must make time to travel but this is a great start too. It’s sure a great way to broaden one’s mind and adding new perspectives in life. I also think it’s important to contribute to a local cause while traveling.
I agree with all of your points and feel there are so many more reasons to travel! It is not just a proper vacation but like you said, even a day trip to somewhere closeby or even exploring your own city broaden’s your mind and and helps you stay healthy and focused 😀 Your point about ‘Inspire creativity at work’ is something a lot of people don’t get, but it is so true!! It is important to take a break and get a new perspective with something you haven’t explored before…and it just helps a ton with your work!! 🙂