Why do we travel?

Why do we travel? Is it simply a human desire, or is there more to the reason we love to travel…

For many, this desire to travel is one which takes no external thought, it is simply a desire from the get go. Perhaps this yearning for travel is a part of us, and this itchy foot restlessness to pack up and get away stems from our very own DNA. Or is there more to the reason we love to travel? I have bottled it down to these two notions;

To learn and to escape.

I believe this longing to travel comes from an innate need to escape our current surroundings. We all experience these urges for change, for new experiences, to break the cycle of our repetitive weeks. I believe this ultimately drives from the need to escape. However, at the heart what drives any compulsive form of escapism is for relief – be it physical or mental. For travelling has this power to let you not only escape but also heal in the process.

Our thirst for knowledge is something we never truly grow out of. Our continual learning doesn’t end after our final day of school. We are forever absorbing new information from our surroundings. However, during our all to familiar weeks, for some our intake of new knowledge dwindles. When we travel however, we break our usual routine, allowing us to absorb and learn. Breaking up this mundane rhythm our mind enters a heightened state of awareness, “in which we are mindful, receptive, undimmed by familiarity” and are therefore “ready to be transformed” by the new wonders we experience.

We ultimately love to travel because it allows us to start a fresh, breathe a new air and do something wonderfully different. Escaping the usual, entering new worlds full of things to learn.

“One’s destination is never a place, but always a new way of seeing things” – Henry Miller

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