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Why Do People Travel?

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Most people at some point in their life will have an urge to travel. This may be a two week holiday to somewhere warm to top up your suntan or it could be a life changing year, or longer, trip. Everyone has their own reasons that they decide to travel but most people are triggered by something. This is often a life-changing event or it could be a sudden change of feeling giving you the desire to fly the nest and set off on an adventure. After speaking to people I have met travelling, I have discovered, what I believe, are the main reasons why people travel.

Why do people travel?

1. To Visit Family

Some family members move to another country. It can be on the other side of the world or just in another country next to yours. No matter where they are you will want to visit them at some point or another. The great thing about family visits is not only that you get to catch up with loved ones but you also get to see how they live and get up close and personal with their new culture. These new cultures could also encourage you to explore different parts of the world yourself.

2. To Spend Time With friends

A Gap Year or world trip can be described as the best time of your life. The memories you will make are enough to last you a life time, what better way to enjoy these memories than with friends. Planning a holiday with friends can be a great way to say goodbye before heading off to college / uni or just a great thing to do together as something you will always remember. I mean who wouldn’t want to travel from country to country relaxing on different beaches every day with your best friend? I know I would.

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3. To Find Better Weather!

No matter where you live chances are you will, at some point, moan about the climate that you are in. “I’m too hot” or ‘It’s too cold”. Lots of people travel simply to escape the climate they experience on a daily basis. People who live in colder climates race to the sunshine to top up their tans and people from countries which are constantly hot may travel to places to try activities such as skiing which they could not do so easily in their home country.

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Cocktails by the Swimming Pool

4. To Discover New Cultures

Some people like adventures and to escape their normal monotonous life. They like not knowing what they can expect and want to deepen their knowledge in other lifestyles. How do other people live? What do they eat? What are their hobbies and values? And what better way to find these things out than by exploring the world.

5. To Find Themselves

This is a very common one, and this one in particular seems to be triggered by a life-changing event at home. It could be that you lost your job, a long term relationship broke up, you finished university and still have no idea what you want to do as a career or it could be the loss of a loved one. People who go travelling to find themselves tend to travel alone but don’t worry, it’s incredibly easy to make friends.

6. To Find Love

Are you unlucky in love? Live in a small town and just can’t meet anyone? Then go travelling! The very least you’ll find is someone with the same desire to travel and experience different countries and cultures as you. Going travelling certainly doesn’t guarantee you’ll meet the love of your life, but travelling around certainly gives you loads of opportunities to meet new people.

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7. Wanderlust

Wanderlust is a strange word but what does it mean? Descended from the German word ‘Wandern’ meaning to walk and ‘Lust’ which is described as ‘A very strong or irresistible impulse’. In short it means that you travel because you have the urge to. You may not have one particular factor that made you book a flight. All you know is that you want to travel and you want to travel NOW!

8. You Won the Lottery

Ok, so this is a very rare reason, but I reckon at least half of lottery winners go an at least an extended holiday! One day hopefully I will be so lucky that I win big on the lottery. Some people, who have won millions have no idea what to do with the money. They already bought a big house but that’s not enough. What better way to spend your money travelling from country to country taking in all the amazing sights and cultures.

So why do you travel? Whatever the reason you decide to travel I have no doubt you will have the most amazing time and will catch the ‘Travel Bug’ and never want to stop.

27 thoughts on “Why Do People Travel?

  1. This is an interesting subject. I am a nomad for 3 years and I have lived incredible experiences for the places I have already spent. The cool thing about traveling around the world is that we experience many different cultures, as well as being able to try different cuisines and visit beautiful places such as beaches and tourist sites.

  2. Interesting point … for example I started my travels around the world at my 18 years of age and even though it was not something my parents wanted very much, I followed my adventurous heart and I have been through more than 20 countries so far.

    Traveling is something that to me is addictive and incredible. But I only find it interesting when you have a cash income that does not depend on physical means to win. And I also really prefer to travel by car on the roads than by plane.

    You miss a lot of incredible things like amazing landscapes and places. But unforeseen events can happen and something unexpected happens. It is always great to be able to read and learn new tips and experiences on nomadism.

    I love traveling the world too 🙂

  3. It sure is interesting that you said how exploring the world can help you experience other cultures and allow people to break away from their monotonous life. My son has been talking to me a lot lately. He has temporarily closed his photography business after giving in to all the stress of high-pressure jobs and creative rut. I think traveling around the world and plugging out of the normalcy of life will help him put the fire back in his eyes again.

  4. I really like it when you made mention of how traveling help’s one finds love… I have a friend who actually left the country cause he was having bad luck in choosing is life partner,according to him all the ladies he ever came across with always have “a skeleton in their cupboard”,…. thereafter he decided to go for an holiday in a small town…….. to cut the whole storyshort,….. he’s now happily married with two kids abroad,

  5. I’m glad you explained that some people travel simply because they have the urge to. Lately I’ve been wanting to travel but have been having trouble justifying it. Thanks for sharing this article and helping me see that it’s okay to treat myself to some luxury traveling soon!

  6. I wish I’d won the lottery lol!! But I have traveled for my reasons combined above… 🙂 Also found my love abroad.

  7. Omg tysm it rly helped me with my geography assignment for school! 🙂 it also made me feel rly happy, ty 🙂

  8. I am travel lover. It’s true and most of the reason perfectly matches with my travelling plans.
    Very good analysis.

  9. Great blog! If you want to learn more about yourself, then traveling is definitely something that you must do.


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