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    • Evergreen

      I used to think travel was all about me - me going into the world, discovering places and people, and finding something truly important. But the more I travel, the more it feels like it's quite the opposite: it's about what I can offer to the world, and how can I tell the stories of the places and people.

      To me, one of the most fascinating things about travel is learning how similar, actually, how exactly the same we all are, and how many "normals" there are. It's normal to graduate from a university and get an office job and live in an apartment in the city but it's also completely normal to be a transgender shaman in the Caribbean, or dive for lobster for a living, or hunt flamingos, or play jazz and live in a hammock. So to add another reason to travel, - it's the realization how artificial borders and assumed differences between people are.

      What's your #1 reason to travel?

    • yaypie

      My favorite thing about traveling is that it helps me shut my brain off.

      At home, I can't stop thinking about things I need to do for work, about chores I need to do around the house, about upcoming appointments, about politics — you name it, it's constantly in my brain and I have a hard time turning it off and relaxing.

      Traveling forces me to shut all that stuff out and focus on the moment because I'm doing something new, somewhere I've never been before, and it's not part of my routine. It forces me to think about other people and places and to realize that there's an entire world outside of my daily life that doesn't give a crap about whether I finish some project at work or remember to do the dishes. I love that.

    • Dracula

      For me it's the wanderlust, a never ending dream of far off places and new sensations, by that I mean just as much seeking a state of mind, my own unique and special perceptions of slices of life, the motion, the Nature, the views, smells and sounds, vibes of new places and people, most times freedom of solitude being on the open road with nothing but my own mind, and sometimes the camaraderie of others, the motorcycle's "soul", getting there and being somewhere else new, the sensation of leaving the places, seizing that unique second in time and place on Earth, which I don't know exists yet but know for sure will never return. The experience of it, as rich as possible. I know I don't travel nearly enough as much as I should..

    • Awais

      Experience and memories i want to live with when i am unable to move around. My colleague asked me similar question few days back, he was interested to know how much money i am making out of photography or the benefit i get by spending in camera equipment and travelling my reaction was: pile of wonderful memories, at some point i will make few copies of books, I hope my children and generations will have wonderful experience going through the book.

    • Lauren

      So to add another reason to travel, - it's the realization how artificial borders and assumed differences between people are.

      I love this reason, you're so right.

      I think I'm a bit of 'all-of-the-above'. It's cliche, but I think it's always about a bit of soul-searching for me; feeding a need to discover the nuances of different cultures and lifestyles.

      There's a quote that goes something like:

      “I urge you to travel. As far and as much as possible. Work ridiculous shifts to save your money. Go without the latest iPhone. Throw yourself out of your comfort zone. Find out how other people live and realize that the world is a much bigger place than the town you live in. And when you come home, home may still be the same. And yes, you may go back to the same old job, but something in you will have changed. And trust me, that changes everything.”

      It's a little hackneyed, but I love the last part--I really feel that when I come home from travelling.

      There's probably a bit of 'fear of missing out' involved too. I wish I had the time and freedom to see every part of the world.

    • NikkyJ

      That photo gives me butterflies, makes me wish I was there.

      You never forget your first trip to Paris or Belize or Iceland. It's something you tell stories about to your friends. The time you saw your first armadillo in the wild. What it's like to eat at the restaurant in the Eiffel Tower. Can you believe you're actually in it after seeing so many pictures of it growing up? What howler monkeys sound like. The AMAZING ruins you saw in Belize. How did they build that? How many people lived there?

    • sfcootz

      Traveling creates empathy. Whether I'm traveling locally or going abroad it's a way to recognize the humanity and the light of our fellow man. Makes people less abstract and more real. If we can't speak the language and have no social capital where we are visiting then it forces us to be vulnerable in ways we might not usually allow. It removes mental clutter, too. I feel more focused after a voyage and clearer on what really matters.

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