Lately, I’ve been getting asked by a lot of people why I travel so much. “Shouldn’t you be finding a job?” Sure? “Aren’t you worried about your student debt?” probably a little less than I should be!
You have probably also heard questions like these ones too. It can get annoying, or worse, make you question what you are doing! But you can’t forget why you are pursuing your passion, be it travel, music, sharing dog photos on the internet, or whatever!
You are doing this for you!
There is a little voice inside my head telling me that, right now, a ‘normal’ life is not for me.
While a bunch of my friends are getting engaged and dreaming of their perfect wedding I am dreaming about where my next adventure will take me. As cheesy as it sounds, for now I want to make the world my home! …That sounded more inspirational in my head.
Travel is an extremely personal part of someone’s life and everyone has a different reason for doing what they do. After weeks of asking myself that never-ending question, I am finally ready to share with the reasons for “why I travel.” Hopefully they will inspire you to do the same!
I travel because…
I want to live a life filled with memories
I can’t even say that I have travelled much in my lifetime (but there is a lot more to come!). Regardless, I can already appreciate how much of an impact travel has had on me.
Travel puts everything into perspective.
I’ve begun to realize how small I am in comparison to this massive world. It’s just one of those things where you have to go out there and experience it for yourself. Before, all I knew was my little bubble back home and taking that first step outside was scary. Nerve-wracking, actually!
If you think about it, that is the most exciting part about travelling!
I opened myself up to new experiences and learned more about myself then I may be comfortable with. Travel has a funny way of kicking you while you’re down, but then pick you back up again. It’s a roller-coaster ride of unpredictable, and unbelievable experiences. I’ll take that over anything else money can buy!
At the same time, I’ve realized that travelling, and even backpacking on the cheap side, is a privilege that not many people have. The memories I make by meeting new people and seeing the world first-hand are incredibly special. It would only be right for backpackers like us to soak up every little moment we can. These are once-in-a-lifetime experiences after all!
I want to look back on my life and know that I did exactly what I wanted to do. That I took control of my life! When I’m old I want to look at every bump, and bruise on my body and remember that mountain I climbed or that well-deserved mojito after rolling my ankle salsa dancing.
Travel memories stick around forever, and you will never regret taking on the adventure.
I crave more than the ordinary
I couldn’t imagine graduating school, buying a house and staying in one place for the next 20 years, but then again some of my friends couldn’t imagine lugging around a 25 pound backpack for five months, and that’s totally fine!
But for me, I want a life filled with adrenaline. I want a life immersing myself in different cultures. I want a life out of the ordinary.
I live for that feeling you get after a two-hour hike up a mountain and catch that first glance of the view from above. I may have been cursing the whole way up but all of that exhaustion and pain subsides once I’m up there and can bask in the fruits of my labour.
Every day is rewarding when you are on the road!
What makes backpacking even better is that no two experiences will be the same! Your adventure will be different from everyone elses, making you an ultimate campfire storyteller. Travel brings out the extraordinary in life, and you will always find something new and exciting wherever your sense of adventure takes you, even if you visit the same place twice. There is always more to see and do.
I want to continue growing and learning
I’ve only been backpacking for about three years now and I can honestly say that I have learned more about life, compassion, culture and traditions than I ever did in school.
The glowing smiles from friendly Cubans approaching me on the street made me want to be more confident in public, while enjoying the quiet farming life in the Kalaa Mountains of Morocco helped me to appreciate the simple things.
The world around you is the best classroom.
Backpacking has pushed me to try new things I never thought I would do. For those of you who don’t know me, I’m not the strongest swimmer out there…in fact I’m actually pretty bad. So when Jordan asked me to go cave exploring in Mexico, which involved swimming in murky water, I was absolutely petrified!
But being put in those uncomfortable situations and overcoming those fears really showed me the immense impact travel can have on a person!
Travel has forced me to embrace stressful situations and helped teach me how to cope with uncertainty, which is something that I had a very hard time dealing with when I was growing up and is something I still struggle with to this day! Now that might not sound fun but in some twisted way uncertainty is fun!
Stranded in a small town because your bus never showed up? Make the most of it! Meet some new friends, head to a different destination, and turn an unfortunate situation into something amazing!
One of the most important lessons I’ve learned is that the more I just let things happen and focus on what I can control the happier I will be!
Life is too short to be anything but happy
I know this may sound cliche but it’s sooooo true! The main reason I travel is because I absolutely love it! At this point in my life I can’t imagine doing anything else but exploring this beautiful world!
You never know what’s going to happen, you never know when your last day on this magnificent earth is…so why wait to chase your dreams? I don’t want to be a person who lets their dreams slip away.
Now I know I’m starting to sound like a motivational speaker here but I just can’t stress to you enough how important it is to do what makes you happy. You may find a million reasons NOT to travel, but you only need one for why you should.
The super important, no excuses, be-all-end-all reason that should have you packing your bags for the road again and again is that you ought to live out your best life, and make it an adventure you will never forget.
What about you, why do you travel? Leave a message in the comments below!