Did you know that the tourism industry is one of the world’s largest industries and in 2014 it contributed about 7.6 trillion USD to the world economy? But why do people travel? Let us take a look at some of the reasons why.
1. To widen your perspective: Remember the story of the frog in the well? All it knows of the world is the walls all around and a circle of light at the top. Also goes the popular saying, the world is a book and those who do not travel read only a page. One of the things that define the human race is their urge to explore the unknown. Travel satisfies this need. Traveling more and exploring newer places not only increases your knowledge but widens your mind and awakens your imagination. In fact, the effect of travel on one’s mind is the same as crossword puzzles on one’s vocabulary. As Mark Twain correctly pointed out, “. “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.”
2. To get away from work: This would probably rank as one of the top reasons why people are so eager to travel. It helps one get away from work, from one’s boss, from one’s not so friendly colleagues, from meetings and emails, and from pretty much everything else we have to do to earn a living and are bored to death doing on a regular basis. A few days off from work can really help charge one’s batteries and refresh one’s mind before coming back again to the same, old routine.
3. To get closer to nature: Numerous studies have proved one thing beyond doubt. Nature is a great healer. It clears the cobwebs in your mind and has a powerful restorative effect on your brain. You might be in the most depressing of moods, but a look at the sun setting in the horizon at the sea side or walking through the woods is sure to calm you down and soothe you. Being in close proximity with nature makes you happier. And for most of us who live in the city amidst concrete and smoke and noise, traveling is like a breath of fresh air. And if you are into photography, you have the added advantage of capturing the beauty of your travels and storing them as memories of a lifetime.
4. To embark on an adventure: There’s nothing like a rush of adrenaline, the feeling that comes with conquering fear or experiencing wilderness from close quarters. There are some people who stick to an adventure sport and want to excel in it, others who would want to try out newer experiences. Whether it is river rafting, snorkeling or scuba diving, bungee jumping, paragliding or skydiving, the options are many. People also pursue hiking, trekking, cycling, biking, jungle safaris and sailing as a hobby and for many it is a way of life. And you cannot sit and home and do it. So travel is a must.
5. To meet new people: On a daily basis you get to meet your colleagues, your immediate family and friends and of course some other people you come in touch with. But those are only so many. Naturally, it kind of limits your scope of interaction. And what better way to meet new people than to travel? You get to meet people you would otherwise not have met and they could be fellow travelers, someone working in a restaurant or in a shop, your tour guide, the driver of your car, local people or anyone else. Travel opens up a wide vista of human interactions which is limitless and with Facebook and WhatsApp around, it has become easier than ever to stay in touch.
6. To learn about other cultures: When you travel, you get to know about a new place, its traditions, its culture and its history. You will in all probability come across a new language and a new way of life. You further get to know about the arts and crafts of that particular place and also its fashion. For foodies, traveling to a new place is about experiencing the local cuisine. There are so many different varieties of food to be had and you might try out many of them at a restaurant in your city, but there is nothing as authentic as trying out a dish in the actual place where it is eaten. It is an enriching feeling to know about the beauty and diversity of the world we live in and travel is the only way to do that.
7. To bond with loved ones: For couples and families or friends, having a holiday together is a great way to bond. Having a good time together creates memories and strengthens relationships. Sometimes, living under the same roof can get boring with family members not having enough time to spend with each other or keeping quiet because they have nothing to say or because what they end up discussing all the time is common everyday problems. Having a holiday is a great way to rediscover that connect and rekindle the ‘vow’ factor that often gets lost in the monotony of everyday lives. For couples, there is no more romantic way to spend a birthday or an anniversary than go on a vacation to some beautiful place. The entire concept of ‘romantic gateways’ hinges on that, doesn’t it? And so you have resorts providing couple spas, candlelit dinners and all those mushy stuff. On the other hand, some of the best holiday memories we have are on vacations we used to go with parents when kids.
8. To tick off a bucket list: Life is short and most of us have a bucket list of things we want to do before we die. For many of us these include holidays, adventures or experiences we want to complete before we die. It would obviously differ from person to person, but some would say that it is their life’s wish to see the Northern lights, or ride a dog sledge in Iceland, explore the Amazon rainforests or complete some Himalayan trek. Having a bucket list has its advantages. To begin with, there are so many places to see and it helps if you know which ones you really want to do are. And ticking of your bucket list can give you a very satisfying feeling and in fact help you save for your dream trip.
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