Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Why do you travel?

Have you ever thought about why you choose to travel?

Are you curious about other parts of our planet?  Desire to know more about other cultures? To see beautiful scenery and natural wonders? To have unusual or challenging adventures? To broaden your educational and life experiences? To meet new people?
Getting acquainted with Maasai women in northern Tanzania, Africa.

Each of us has our reasons—which can change from trip to trip--but the bottom line is that travel enriches our lives in many ways. Its effect is multi-dimensional and often inspirational, whether a trip covers a few days or months at a time.

Trying out native dress worn by
women in the Highlands of Peru.
Studies have shown that money spent on travel experiences makes us happier than money spent on material items.  Memories often last longer than material goods, and the feelings of fulfillment definitely do.

Travel affects our ability to get along with others. We become more social and flexible and learn to adapt to different situations and cultures.

Travelers learn how to solve problems, which boosts confidence. We gain a broader perspective of the world and other ways of life and that often leads us to appreciate our own circumstances more. 

Traveling gives us experiences to share with our companions. Breaking away from routine can also be relaxing and rejuvenating, both individually and for couples. Travel can also be a great bonding experience for family members of different generations.

Yoga on a redwood tree in Humboldt Redwoods State Park in California
Travel allows us to be adventurous. It can provide opportunities to try new activities and to challenge yourself physically and mentally.  It might even set you on a new life course.

Observing beautiful scenes and landscapes creates a sense of awe about our natural world and encourages us to protect the environment and the remarkable places on our earth. We also marvel about man-made wonders and appreciate the ingenuity of mankind.
Gorgeous reflections of Lake Louise in Alberta, Canada.
No matter why you travel, it’s almost sure to have a positive impact on your life. So stop dreaming and start planning your next trip.

Where do you want to go next?
Photos from our travels by Larry and Beverly Burmeier


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