I often meet people who dislike travelling. Has this ever happened to you? My love of travel is such a given that I’d never actually thought about what it is I love about it, but meeting this non-traveller inspired me to think of the reasons to love travelling.
1. New sights
Travelling forces your eyes to be open because you’re seeing things you’ve never seen before.
2. In the present moment
It is easy to get caught up in the future, or thinking about things that have passed, or wondering what’s going to happen next week. But when I’m travelling, it’s all about the present moment. It brings a marvellous immediacy to every day.
3. Unfamiliar food
Most people will eat the same kind of food, over and over again, but if I am in a different culture with all kinds of unfamiliar food, and suddenly my taste buds come alive. It’s like an instant broadening of horizons for the palate.
4. Meeting new people
It is possible to meet new people at home, of course, but many of us stick to our same group of friends when we’re in our comfort zone. Out of the comfort zone, though, now that’s where the magic happens. That’s where you’ll meet people who are either entertaining for just one conversation or day, or will become friends that last for many years.
5. A renewed appreciation for home
And this is perhaps my very favourite thing about travelling. Leaving home, even if it’s just for a few weeks, makes it come alive again when you return. You can see just how vibrant, how wonderful, how beautiful your hometown is.
What’s your favourite thing about travelling?
I write a lot, which keeps me off the streets and out of trouble. There is always something to write about, always a new story to craft. Not writing, for me, is like trying to hold back a sneeze. Learning to write was the most powerful influence in my life. I can still remember the awe I felt when I realized I could put real words onto paper and tell out a story. From that first ‘a-ha’ moment I knew I wanted to write.
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