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My love affair with travel was instant, from my first overseas trip at the age of 18, I knew a life of travel was meant for me.
Don’t let the fact that I have been living in one place for 12 months fool you.
It won’t be long until I am back on the road, exploring this magnificent world that we live in. I don’t think I will ever beat the urge to want to see and explore more.
But why do I love travel?
The feeling of freedom.
When on the road you lose track of the day and time. You learn to go with the flow and it feels amazing.
Seeing the wonders of the world with your own eyes.
Whether it be the Taj Mahal, The Amazon, Niagara Falls or the Great Wall of China, there is no better feeling than experiencing these wonders of the world with your own eyes, ears, mouth and nose. After all, you don’t just see these places, you experience them with everything.
Travel puts things into perspective.
You gain a deeper understanding of other cultures and an appreciation of your own.
Travel teaches you what is important.
After my first overseas trip, I stopped spending money on materialistic things and expensive trends. Instead, I save my money and spend it on unforgettable experiences. This is how travel turned me into a minimalist.
The less you have the happier you are.
I learnt this on the road and can say it has certainly rung true for me over the years. The less you have, the less you have to worry about.
Not having to wear clothes or shoes for days.
I could literally live in a bikini and bare feet, and when you spend every day exploring tropical paradise, this is a reality.
Move at your own pace.
You can decide where you go and how long you stay. You don’t have to answer to anyone else’s schedule.
Learning another way of life and language.
It is so cool to be able to talk to locals in their language. Life skills you don’t learn at University.
The experiences you have and stories you create.
The experiences you have and stories you create from travelling are more exciting and interesting than any other. Honestly, no one wants to hear about your expensive Master’s Degree, corporate job or nice couch.
The people you meet.
Travel introduced me to people from all over the world from all different walks of life. Making friends with those outside your usual circle can teach you so much about yourself and the world.
When you’re travelling and meet amazing people, you end up partying until all hours of the night. Before you know it the sun is up, and it doesn’t mean a thing. You’re on your own time.
When we travel, we might meet people at breakfast or on a bus and end up spending a full day, or week with them. I love the spontaneity you gain when on the road.
Oh and a few bonus reasons why I love travel…
Chores? Not when you’re travelling. You don’t have to worry about cooking or cleaning, this is all done for you.
Street food and cheap massages.