Many of us like to travel occasionally, don’t we? Frankly, I was never a travel-enthusiast but the travel bug bit me quite suddenly. Since I had a blog and the blog needed updates, I started traveling around my place so that I can update my blog!! That might be one of the strangest reason to travel, but let us try to understand and explore why people (in general) want to travel.
Traveling to new places gives people happiness and satisfaction. We can enjoy new landscapes, scenery; get familiar with new cultures, new people; escape the routine drudgery/familiarity of daily life, daily work; boast to our colleagues/relatives about the latest place we visited, how much we spent on that trip., etc.
We travel because we want to do something different, something exciting, something adventurous. But would we want to travel if we already had all these things in our life, abundantly?
Let us look at a travel-guide or a person working with a travel-agency, for example. They might travel almost daily because of the nature of their work. Would they be excited about travel, during weekends or vacations?
When I had been to Munnar (a scenic hill-station in Kerala), I thought there could be no other paradise like that on earth. When I was talking to our travel-guide (who was born and brought up there), I told him how lucky he was to live in such beautiful surroundings. To my surprise, he started talking about how lucky we were to live in big cities with huge buildings, large flyovers, fancy vehicles, glittering shops, etc. etc.
What was normal to me, was clearly exciting to him. And vice-versa.
Think deeply about this question: Do we travel only for happiness? Does travel, inspired by happiness, take us closer to something else that we want, but can’t quantify?
Do people travel to understand more about the world and consequently about themselves? Aren’t our religious pilgrimages supposed to take us closer to self-realization and perhaps, nirvana?
I leave you with three thought-provoking quotes on travel by some great people –
“The use of traveling is to regulate imagination by reality, and instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are.” – Samuel Johnson
“One’s destination is never a place, but rather a new way of looking at things.” – Henry Miller
“A man travels the world in search of what he needs and returns home to find it.” – George Moore
Now answer the question: Why do you Travel?