Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness… Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.-Mark Twain, Innocents Abroad
At least once a season (every three or four months), we set aside time and money to go somewhere we have either never been to, or have only been to once or twice. In this post, we’ll tell you why we like to travel.
Why we travel
We like to travel for several reasons. First, when we travel, we exchange the comfortable world that we know for a new, perhaps uncomfortable world that we do not know. We encounter new cultures, worldviews, beliefs, traditions, foods, languages, etc. When we travel, we learn new things about the world and our views of the world become, as Twain put it, more broad, wholesome, and charitable.
Second, when we travel, we always learn new things about ourselves and each other. Traveling is an excellent self-discovery tool, and it’s also an excellent relationship-building tool.
Last, when we travel, we have the chance to interrupt our daily rhythm. When stress from work and our daily life accumulates, we can forget our true interests and become exhausted. Traveling interrupts this stress-induced exhaustion and we get a chance to relax and learn in a new context!