There are two levels of answers to the question of why people go. The first is obvious, and probably the reason we give to ourselves and quote to others. We travel to see attractions, experience other cultures, attend events and learn more about the world.
These are exciting reasons. But there are deeper reasons for travel that have less in common we to do when we travel, and more related to what we travel makes for us. These five sets of changes in ourselves underlie what makes travel so weighty.
Travel enriches you before, before and during
The anticipation of the trip is as stimulating as the trip itself and the memories after it. Knowing what’s ahead of you, and presenting it in detail, evokes a life of excitement and relieves the tendency to fall into the rut of the work day. The more detailed the image of the trip, the more the future trip will excite you in advance.
During the trip itself, daily life can be intense. Life in these moments is full and celebrating everything around you allows you to improve your life. Clearly, this kind of amplified experience is a quality travel style that takes you behind the bus and go out into the streets and squares, landscapes and waterways from the places you visit. Independent travel is a world other than “contained” travel.
Travel expands your view of the world
By traveling, you gain a foundation for the history and significant gadgets that have led you to your present life and in a moment of time. You are now standing in the office of the evil Borgia pope, surrounded by those walls in which a man who has enough power to write a papal bull – a mandate – who demanded all the wealth of the Western Hemisphere for Spain and Portugal and secured it for the next 200 years. When you pause at the place where it happened, events and meaning come to life with new meaning.
Now you look down at the stairs leading to the tunnel that connects Leonardo da Vinci’s house with the Royal Palace across the road. It was through this tunnel that King Françoise traveled to sit and talk to his genius friend. And now you are in Bay, where the French William the Conqueror built his naval ships to cross the English Channel and claim the English throne.
Each of these experiences expands your worldview and sense of time and place first hand.
Travel makes you brighter and more interesting
The journey gives you something to look forward to … prepare for … learn … and then share. You will bring home stories. Life can become kind of monotonous if you allow, especially after retirement, and life will end. The wait is worth at least as much as the trip itself and the memories that come with the trip.
How much better to talk about travel and observations, then share so that your conversation is limited to your recent doctor visits and your frustrations of weeds on your lawn.
The journey restores you
Travel and the anticipation of travel restores your enthusiasm. You look forward with excitement rather than experiencing a dull feeling that comes from repetition and routine.
Travel challenges you to be at the most efficient and focused level. Comfort zones can be comfortable. But it’s good to get out of your comfort zone regularly. Otherwise, your social skills may begin to atrophy, and your ability to think on your feet and solve problems may decline due to misuse.
Traveling improves your health and well-being
Traveling gives you a reason to stay healthy. And it keeps you sharper! Travel tasks are experiencing acuity daily. Traveling can be challenging, especially if you are not being led by the nose on a group trip. You know you will need to be on your feet – to be knowledgeable in the situation – to pay close attention. You will need to walk widely, including up hills and steps.
Usually by the time you get home from the trip, you’ll be in better shape than you’ve been for months or even years. And if you immediately start waiting for the next trip ahead, you will have a real incentive to follow these improvements and be ready for the next time.
Changes and benefits
These changes and the benefits of travel can become permanent. Your life will become crowded with enrichment, you will think more broadly. You will encounter deliberate lifestyle changes that you have learned while traveling. You will be brighter and more interesting if you periodically eat. And you will experience improved health and well-being.
All things considered, this makes the journey a bargain.