Why I Travel

Assignment Nine is about writing a post that builds on Assignment Eight where one had to comment on a few blogs, those on which we’ve never commented before. Then the task was to choose one of the posts on which I commented and write something. So essentially, the assignment is about creating a post that is inspired by someone else’s post. The post by which I was inspired can be found at Craving the Journey.

There are hundreds of reasons why people travel and a quick Google search will provide you with little reasons and lofty reasons…but they are all personal reasons and will be different from person to person. Travel for me has always been a necessity and I’ve never really stopped to ponder why. As such, this was a little bit of a self-reflective exercise. And it turns out that I have many reasons on why I travel. Here are five of them in no particular order:

1. The Great Cubicle Escape: My tag line has me claiming that I’m a cubicle escape artist. Being stuck in a cubicle daily reminds me how I find the routine of settled life (house, career) usually is boring despite my efforts to change things up by trying new things locally (my newest is Krav Maga). Travel allows me to have a change of scenery, to mess up my perspective on the world yet again, gives me challenges me in a way that only the unfamiliar can, and provides me with a chance to see or experience something new every day.

2. Excuse to Research: I’m a research addict. Especially when it comes to travel, I love researching the crap out things. For me, learning about a place (history, sights, foods, scams, etc) is half the fun of travel, even if I’m not actually at the place yet. It is also a chance to acquire a bit of a new language, to learn about a culture’s customs, and to figure out random things like how a particular port’s cruise ship schedule would impact my sightseeing. When I get back home, the research sometimes doesn’t stop which is how I find out about things I missed the first time around (or new things that developed since my trip). A Camino example is that I used the Camino Forum before I went but I found out about the Caminopedia site after I came back: so next time I go, I will have two important sources of information!

3. Feeling Alive: Everyone gets their thrills in different ways but mine comes from travel. I’m not much of a talker but give me a travel related topic and after a while, I have to actively remind myself that not everyone wants to talk travel for hours on end. I feel more alive when I’m out there experiencing and learning random things that come with travel. For example on the Camino Frances, I became very proficient at taking off my jacket while wearing a giant backpack and my camera bouncing across my chest, walking and talking to someone…all at the same time. Dunno ‘bout you but I’m ready for the Zombie Apocalypse! I’ve got skillz! And boots!Boots

4. Passport Stamps Collection: One thing that gives me joy in life is seeing my passport fill up with stamps. I’m weird like that. I was very upset when Cuba did not stamp my passport but in contrast, I was excited when I received my coolest stamp yet – a green three-leaf clover from Montserrat! Passport stamps are awesome.

5. Me Photo, You Photo: As you can probably tell by now in this blog, I love photography. My favourites are landscapes, macro, and contemplative/abstract. I am very bad at carving out time for my hobby when I am at home but when I’m on the road, my camera is practically glued to my face. Some people say photography prevents you from being in the moment but for me, it grounds me in the moment and makes me appreciate what it is I’m seeing and experiencing. So in my mind, long live the camera! Multi-tasking with a camera


Question: So, why do YOU travel? What is your favorite passport stamp so far?

6 responses to “Why I Travel

  1. I so much agree with your #3 – both about feeling more alive when traveling and and about talking too much about it. I guess that’s also why I have my blog – so that I can talk about traveling without boring my friends who are just not that interested in faraway places.

    • Hi Perelincolors,

      Haha, you’re right – blogging is a perfect compromise. We get to share what we love and our friends can consume it in little doses as they wish. Everyone is happy 😉

      Thanks for coming by!

  2. I love both both actual trekking around in person with a backpack and water bottle…and the armchair-tourist type of travel! Meeting real people rather than token “foreigners,” and studying the actual history and traditions of a given people, place or thing…rather than absorb the story lines of the tour guides and docents. My travel days are just about over…for financial reasons as much as age reasons…and please don’t patronize me with the “you’re only as old as you feel…etc. etc.”

    • Hi Gradmama2011,

      I agree with you – people have valid reasons to do or not do things. I have people in my own life who would love to travel but can’t for various reasons.

      In terms of being an armchair traveler, I think its great! I do it all the time as well and derive joy reading about the trips other people take, admiring their photos, and even watching travel shows. So I certainly do hope that you enjoy some of my stories on this blog!

      Thanks for coming by 🙂

  3. Okay, you said what assignment 8 was, but what were 5-7?

    I like your cubicle, I think I am inspired to add some more personality to my own!

    You have great reasons to travel and it’s clear that it’s your life’s passion. Be true to it! 🙂

    And I’m very glad to hear you’re so prepared for the zombie apocalypse! 😉

    • the “missing” assignments are about making updates to the blog itself normally – ie. now i have a new section on the main pg called mini papers. i’ve also had to tweak my widets, change around the location of some things etc. other assignments involved visiting other people’s blogs and commenting! it’s been fun 🙂

      hee! i’m glad my cubicle inspired you! and for sure – we should all prepare for zombies 😉

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