Things I Love About Traveling – Cultures, People and History

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Things I Love About Traveling – Luckily, the 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

Things I Love About Traveling
5 Things I Love About Traveling

Things I Love About Traveling

Meeting New Cultures

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, Reasons to Travel More.

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

Things I Love About Traveling The People
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 Millionaire.

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.

Things I Love About Traveling Using The Five Senses
Things I Love About Traveling Using The Five Senses

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?

Reasons Why I Hate Traveling

I love traveling, I really do.

But there are parts of it that I can’t stand.

I have to be honest and say that me and travel have a typical love-hate relationship.

As well as bringing out the ‘best me’, traveling also has a habit of bringing out the ‘worst me’, but no matter how frustrated I get with traveling I need it – it’s like a drug.

Once you’ve traveled for more than a few months, you’ll never want to stop (just occasionally get so frustrated you think you want to, but deep inside you know that you don’t).

I Hate Waiting

I reckon that you spend at least 25% of your time on the road waiting for something; waiting for the flight to leave, the bus to come or the half an hour delayed train.

And if you’re not waiting for the plane, your waiting IN the plane.

I know it’s not the destination but the journey that matters, but that can be hard to grasp when sitting in a plane for 16 hours straight.

I Hate Stressing

Traveling is rarely a balanced and healthy lifestyle, you either sit and wait until you’re so bored you start solving Sudoku, or you find yourself rushing from one place to another just making the bus, just getting through customs, just getting on the plane, just – just – JUST! …

Life on the road is life on the edge and while it creates such amazing excitement, an overload of stress can really affect your state of mind.

I Hate Uncertainty – Lack of routines

I’m a girl who loves changes, action and adventure, and that is exactly why I need the opposite.

I need some routines in my life to be able to keep my feet on the ground.

Having routines is hard when traveling, although I have now managed to achieve this more or less – it comes with practice.

I Hate having to watch what you eat and drink

When being in hot countries, nothing makes my mouth drool as much as ice cream and cool fresh juices and drinks, and they’re available around every corner.

But if I get any closer than just looking at this dripping banana-split, I’ll end up spending the next three days with my head in a bad-smelling bucket – think Bali Belly :s

How Hard keeping in touch with friends

It’s do-able, but it really wears down on the relationship.

The first two months are alright, but after that there is just too many things going on and you have no time, and at the same time so many things have happened back home with your friends’ lives that you have totally missed out on.

So when finally seeing them again, you’re no longer the same person you were when you left, and often neither are they.

Hard to stay in shape

All the late nights, good food and drinks put their share of kilos on your belly, and at the same time there is no time or place to really get rid of them.

Unless you think you own your hostel dorm, you probably won’t use it as your personal gym, and even if you do happen to find a place to work out you won’t find time to do it.

I Hate Coming back

Coming back home or to your ‘base’ is always tough.

It’s hard to adapt to the certainty and every-day life.

No more new sights and foreign cultures.

The days are similar to each other and nothing really seems to have changed.

It’s difficult to share all your experiences, and even if you could nobody really wants to hear it.

They’re either not interested or get jealous.

Best Places To Visit In September

One of the most crucial things that come into play when planning a holiday, is the weather.

Sometimes we get so caught up in where we want to go that we forget to find out what the climate is like there at that time, and when we finally arrive we get a full week of rain.

September is one of those months when the weather starts to change in many parts over the world – in some parts of Europe, it’s already autumn, while in others you can still swim in the ocean and lie on the beach.

In South Pacific, spring is on its way, and the weather is very moody – and it isn’t the ideal time to go on a Mexico holiday, since it’s hurricane season – so where is the right place to go?

Here are a few places that are absolutely perfect for this otherwise dodgy-weather-month…
Visiting Italy

Visiting Italy

Out of all months of the year, September is probably the very best month to visit Italy.

The peak months are over, the days are still hot but the evenings are nice and cool, the tourist crowds are getting smaller, Italians have gone back to work and back to school, and left the beaches empty for you to enjoy in peace and quiet.

Rome is a strange city in peak summer (the residents escape if they can), and the Italian cities are much nicer when things are “back to normal” with opening hours and not just tourists on the streets.

Tuscany is especially beautiful, September also marks the beginning of the food festival season in Italy, and while it’s not the best month for bargain Italy holidays, prices do start to go down during the month.

Peru - Time to Explore
Peru – Time to Explore

Peru – Time to Explore

September is one of the best months to visit Peru, and since the weather is drier, this also means that there are less mosquitoes, which makes it a good time to explore the Amazon basin.

It’s also a perfect month for the Inca Trail, but prepare for cold nights!

Portugal - Best of Both
Portugal – Best of Both

Portugal – Best of Both

We’re in Portugal at the moment, and the weather is perfect – cool mornings, warm days, and cool nights.

This type of weather is typical for September in Portugal, and aside from weather, there is one very good reason to visit northern Portugal this month.

In the north, they are getting ready for harvesting the grapes, and the vineyards are at their most beautiful right now.

It’s also time for the Grape Harvest Festival, where the entire Douro valley celebrates the harvesting season.

Scotland - Beautiful Colors
Scotland – Beautiful Colors

Scotland – Beautiful Colors

You can never be guaranteed good weather in Scotland, but at least the odds are better in September.

We went to Scotland last year in September, and it only rained three times in 10 days, and when it did rain it didn’t last very long.

The colors in September are stunning in the Highlands, with red, golden and rusty shades in patches over the flowing hills.

South Africa - Adventure Awaits
South Africa – Adventure Awaits

South Africa – Adventure Awaits

September brings spring to South Africa, and is one of the most beautiful months to visit, especially for adventurers and sporty people.

Not only is it a good time to climb Kilimanjaro, but it’s also the best month for “game viewing”, a good time to go diving, hiking and surfing.

But for me the main reason I would visit South Africa at this time is the whale watching.

September is the peak season for whale watching, and daily sightings are practically guaranteed.

Where would you recommend going in September?

14 thoughts on “Things I Love About Traveling – Cultures, People and History”

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

  4. 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.

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

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

  7. 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.

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

  9. 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!

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

  11. 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.

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

  13. 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

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