Why I Love Travelling

I have always loved travelling but have never really given much thought as to why it has become such a passion of mine.  Until recently that is, when I started to wonder what drove me to constantly be looking to head off and explore somewhere new… I seem to have spent the last 25 years or so always on the look out for or planning my next trip, but why?

So, after giving it some thought, here are the main reasons that I can think of as to why I have chosen to make travel such a big part of my life:

  • I love immersing myself in different cultures. Seeing how other people live around the world and learning about their way of life has had a big influence on my life.  It’s definitely made it possible for me to take a step back and look at my own culture from a different perspective.

  • I am a huge fan of languages and travelling allows me to hear lots of different languages and dialects, which I find absolutely fascinating.  As a linguist I love learning new languages and looking at how they work and how they relate to each other (or not as the case may be).

  • Travelling provides you with experiences you just don’t get at home. For example, I love experiencing local festivals when I am travelling – in every country you visit you find unique traditions to enjoy and maybe participate in.

  • I think travel has really broadened my horizons but it has also helped me to understand more about myself. Travelling, particularly solo, affords you plenty of time for self-reflection…

  • I find travelling really relaxing – getting away from my every day life helps me to unwind and put things into perspective. I also find I get most of my inspiration when I am out of my comfort zone…

  • I love tasting new food and drink – this is a big part of travelling for me.  I often make meals/drinks at home which are inspired by my travels.  I am a particularly big fan of both Mexican and Indian cuisines…

  • Travelling is my escape – I think everyone feels the need to get away from the day-to-day grind every so often and I am no different.

  • I love meeting new people – for me, it is one of the most exciting things about travelling. You get to meet people from all over the world who you wouldn’t meet otherwise – and I don’t just mean the locals, but also other travellers doing the same thing as you.

  • Experiencing life in different countries has helped shape my life back at home.  There are things I’ve done and experienced on my travels that I have brought back with me and incorporated into my every day life, whether that is in terms of food, style, ideas…

And what all these things add up to, for me, is a much richer life back home… travel has played such a big part in my life and has definitely helped to make me the person I am now.

So why do you travel and what do you think you get out of it?

Happy Travelling!

Kate x

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6 thoughts on “Why I Love Travelling

  1. Georgia says:

    These are fab reasons! You seem a bit more well travelled than I am, but I totally agree with you. I think the best thing is when you stumble across local events, like when in Dubrovnik, we happened to visit during their Summer Arts Festival which was awesome, and on a day trip to Kotor, we ended up seeing a fashion show! Random but so fun!

  2. Hilesh Atara says:

    This is a cool post, with amazing photos. Im still new to the travelling world. But loving every moment of it. When i see the passion of people like yourself it makes me so happy. So Thank You

  3. Francesca says:

    Great post – my favourite part of travel is as you say, experiencing things you never would at home! I’ve always loved the chance to immerse myself in other cultures, tasting the food, hearing the music and struggling through phrasebooks to order a coffee!

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