Last Updated: 8/5/2019 | August 5th, 2019
A few years ago, I went around the world and asked people what travel meant to them. As I travel the country on my current book tour and hear everyone’s reasons for travel, I’m reminded of that experience.
Travel means something different to every single person in the world.
There are a million and one reasons to travel. Many people travel the world to get the bug out of their system, or to check things off a list to say they’ve been there and done that. Some run to escape their problems. Some people travel simply to get drunk around the world.
For me, travel means many things. Travel is freedom. It’s about being able to do what I want and fill my day with excitement. Travel was an escape. Travel was “elsewhere”. That place where exciting things and people resided. It was escaping the Matrix to learn about the world, why people do what they do, and how they act. It’s about pushing myself to the limit and getting more comfortable in my own skin.
But I wondered what motivates other people to do the same.
I have my theories of course.
But I wanted to hear it from people directly.
So, during an extended trip, I asked people I met on the road one question:
“What does travel mean to you?”
And here is what they said:
I loved hearing everyone’s answers because it so accurately describes all the various reasons that push us to travel the world, learn about the people in it, and ourselves.
Now, tell me in the comments below:
What does travel mean to you?
Share what drives you.
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