5 Things I Love About Traveling

Luckily, the 5 things I hate about traveling don’t outweigh the 5 things I love about it. Having the ability to travel around the world is one of the most amazing things in the world, there are so many awesome things to learn, and help us grow – I could probably name 100’s of reasons why I love traveling but for today here are my top 5 reasons for why I continue to be motivated to travel on a budget

5 Reasons I Love To Travel

Meeting New Cultures

5 Things I Love About Traveling

5 Things I Love About Traveling

I’m almost obsessed with meeting and learning about new cultures, I absolutely love it. They’re interesting, often (to me) strange, provoking and always have something to teach. I learn so much by visiting places with a different culture than my own, I also find that by understanding the culture you can understand why the people are the way they are – on such a deep level.

Things I Love About Traveling History

I’m not usually a big history fan, but when it comes to traveling I really love to know the history about every place I visit. By learning the history of a place I get a better appreciation and understanding of why things are the way they are there.

Things I Love About Traveling Food

Food (not just eating it) is a big part of travel for me. I love going to supermarkets, little boutiques and markets, and can literally spend hours just looking at strange new and interesting food items which I’ve never seen before.

Things I Love About Traveling The People

Often I meet travelers bragging about how many countries they’ve been to and all the ‘fun’ things they’ve done. To me, that doesn’t really matter that much, what matters to me is not the places you go to but more importantly the people you meet while you are there.

Things I Love About Traveling Using The Five Senses

Another thing I like to remember from my travels are the different smells, sounds, food flavors and visual colors you get to experience. My brain finds itself working on overdrive trying to take it all in, and long afterward I can think back to a place and still remember what  kind of vibe I felt. I’ll always remember the feeling a place gives me, whether it’s good or bad.

Travel Realization – The Luxury Of Having An Escape

Spending a hot summer in the city for me isn’t always ideal, often I start feeling really uninspired and restless – I feel like I need to get away from the concrete, the roads, the shops and crowds of tourists, so I pack my backpack once in a while and escape to the most idyllic place in Sweden – my grandma’s house in the forest, by the lake.

My grandma lives in the middle of nowhere, a gem almost completely unknown, and even though I have traveled the world and seen so many amazing places, for the mind there really is no place like this.

Travel Realization – The Luxury Of Having An Escape

Travel Realization – The Luxury Of Having An Escape

I didn’t realize until now how I have taken this place so much for granted, how spoiled I’ve been to have a place like this to escape to.

For me this used to be something I assumed everyone had, but after having traveled I realize that the simple pleasures of life outside of the city is something only a few can really enjoy.

Being able to walk barefoot wherever I like in the forest on anybody’s land, swimming in a lake with nobody around, and being able to breathe fresh air is something so simple and natural but unfortunately so hard to find these days.

I remember reading an interview with the two children who played the main characters in Slumdog Millionare. They were so thrilled about being in Hollywood, but what they were most amazed by in all this glitter and glamour was the amazing fresh air. They wanted to live in Hollywood forever just so they could breathe the air… :S

What I’m trying to get to is that in the end, it’s the small things that matters the most, and it’s easy to forget what they are when you always have access to them yourself.

The things we may see as normal can blows another other persons mind, and it’s sad that such a simple thing as nature and freedom is a rarity in many parts of the world.

This was something I knew and was always told, but didn’t realize until I actually saw it with my own eyes.

Traveling makes you REALLY understand what you’ve already learned but never really experienced, and I think everyone can benefit with a good dose of travel.

How about you?  What is something you realized you had been taking for granted once you started traveling?

14 Responses to 5 Things I Love About Traveling

  1. Migrationology July 19, 2010 at 12:52 pm #

    Definitely got these reasons right on! I consider food fused with culture to by my ultimate reason for traveling. Following would have to be historical/environmental sights.

  2. AlexBerger July 19, 2010 at 6:10 pm #

    Finding and developing myself. Nothing helps you connect with your inner self, build confidence, and improve your comfort with…yourself, quite like travel. For me, I find it to be one of the best ways out there to improve and internalize my self confidence – beyond the basic (and easy) social confidence that most of us normally focus on.

  3. As We Travel July 22, 2010 at 4:00 pm #

    thanks for the comment – food really is #1 😉 so many yummy new things to try!

  4. As We Travel July 22, 2010 at 4:00 pm #

    great tip Alex, finding and developing yourself is something which seems to happen so well when you travel – thanks for sharing!

  5. NickLaborde July 24, 2010 at 1:23 am #

    As An aspiring traveler #1 seems to inspire me the most.

    I am very interested in exploring different cultures, not just abroad. I am very curious by nature and I love to just dive into various sub cultures of my existing environment. That is actually how I knew that I wanted to travel around the world.

  6. Sofia July 24, 2010 at 1:07 pm #

    Hey Nick!
    'Diving' into cultures, what a great description! To me that is an important reason why I travel too. Thanks for stopping by!

  7. Adam July 25, 2010 at 10:02 am #

    These pretty much align with my 5 reasons to travel as well! Food, people, history & culture are universally awesome.

  8. suzyguese July 25, 2010 at 8:45 pm #

    Great reasons to travel Sofia. The people is a big motivator in why I travel. Those little exchanges that mark you forever are what make a place so memorable. I also think I love to travel in order to challenge myself. When things aren't going my way, I can get pretty annoyed (it's the redheaded temper) but travel helps me with patience and understanding there are going to be differences and I just have to deal with them.

  9. Sofia July 26, 2010 at 6:09 pm #

    Hey Adam! Yeah, universally awesome is the perfect word for it! 😉 What would the world be without these things… :)

  10. Sofia July 26, 2010 at 6:17 pm #

    Hey Suzie! I totally agree, travel pushes your boundaries like nothing else, and you're forced to deal with challenging situations all the time, so it's perfect for people who love a challenge!
    Patience is a big factor, but I think the hardest thing for me has been to learn how to deal with stress. Thanks for stopping by!

  11. AlabamaTravelGuide July 27, 2010 at 1:28 am #

    Great article full of good incite into the travel world. Food is my favorite thing about seeing the world!

  12. Hotels Sydney August 13, 2010 at 12:03 am #

    Right on, Migrationology! These are my top reasons too. I remember my first time going to Thailand, I tried every spicy noodles a restaurant has because I’ve read that the spicy noodles identifies Thai food and culture.

  13. Tanzania Safari Tour Plans August 23, 2010 at 1:53 am #

    Each of the listed points are in line with my list. To me number one is the landscapes or the undisturbed nature.

  14. Mary December 8, 2010 at 1:38 pm #

    Like your site and this list especially. Of your list I think using the senses could easily be underrated. There are sounds I hear today that remind me of the calming tinkling of the bells as they blow in the breeze at the Royal Palace in Bangkok. Or the fragrant smells of a Balinese market – the moment I experience these I am immediately transported back there – it’s both wonderful and amazing.
    Mary at Food Processors