Travel enthusiast and blogger, Kanika Kalia, believes that although for many people, travel is about making a journey to an exotic location and then ticking off items on a to-do list, it shouldn’t be. So, then, why travel? Here, she shares her reasons why you should.
If you’re one of those people who travel to check-off a list of things that have to be done, trust me, your love affair with travel will have an expiry date.
Instead, think of travel as a means to discover the best in yourself and in others. We see and hear about this from our friends, people we follow on Instagram, as well as in movies – Julia Roberts in Eat, Pray, Love, Reese Witherspoon in Wild, Kangana Ranaut in Queen, for instance. There’s no reason why it cannot be the same for you.
So, let’s take a look at some reasons (which frankly have been my driving force to travel) that can trigger our itchy feet. If any of the reasons below resonate with you, it might be time for you to set off on a new adventure!
TRAVEL TO TAKE A BREAK FROM ANYTHING OR EVERYTHING
Nothing is more uninspiring than a boring daily routine, but when you are able to get away from the stressors in your life, it opens your mind to what is really important. When you go on a journey, you’re in a different zone, which gives you time to think about your priorities, align yourself with them and draw strength to reach them. For me, travel is not a way to run from the realities of life, but rather, looking at those realities from a distance and then devising a plan to make things work out for the best.
TRAVEL TO PUT THINGS IN PERSPECTIVE
To add to the first point, travel helps open your mind and makes you realize that there is no one way or correct way to live life. By being exposed to new places, people and cultures, you become more humble and develop a wider world view. You become more accepting of different cultures, rituals, and ways of life.
TRAVEL TO CHALLENGE YOURSELF
While daily life can be challenging for a lot of people, for me, it becomes a bit of a boring blur; I get my coffee from the same place, spend 8-10 hours staring at a computer, get dinner, sleep, and repeat the routine over and over again.
Travel shakes things up – and shakes you up. From finding a safe place to stay to overcoming homesickness and confronting social anxieties to adapting to last minute changes, you are constantly pushing out of your comfort zone, and becoming more resourceful and confident when you’re away on a journey. So, if you feel like you’re stuck in a rut and craving new experiences, travel is the ideal way to test yourself.
TRAVEL BECAUSE LIFE IS SHORT
This sounds a bit morbid, but hear me out. A lot of people wait for the “perfect” time to travel – but there is no such time. It’s impossible to predict what will happen in our lives and in the world next. If you intend to travel sometime in the future, there is no guarantee that you will have the desired health or wealth to do so. Plus, with socio-political and economical changes occurring all over the world, you may not be able to visit destinations you want to. So as they say, don’t put off tomorrow what you can do today. Follow your heart and go.
TRAVEL TO STRENGTHEN THE BOND
There is something about travelling that brings people closer. Maybe it’s because you’re in a strange, new place but regardless, it’s a great way to renew and strengthen friendships and relationships. Plus, if you’re travelling alone, you get to bond with yourself. A girls’ getaway, a solo expedition , a romantic trip – pick your reason and hit the road.
TRAVEL TO MAKE MEMORIES
Have you ever heard anyone saying, “I wish I had not travelled, I would have saved so much money instead?” Trust me when I say that memories are far more precious in life than any materialistic thing you might possess. Travel is all about experiences and making memories. And you never know which incident or experience might have an everlasting impact on you. Travel is the best way to awaken the storyteller inside you.
TRAVEL BECAUSE YOU SIMPLY WANT TO
Travel does not need a justification. If travelling makes you happy, just pack your bags and go! It is your life and you know what is best for you.
Take it from me – follow your heart and it will bring out a different side of who you are as an individual. Does any of the reasons above ring true for you? Does it inspire you to travel? Share in the comments below.
About the writer
Kanika Kalia is a caffeine addict and career driven travel enthusiast who lives in Boston. She holds a full-time day job in a software company and is here to inspire people that job or no job , if you have passion for something, nothing should stand in your way to pursue your dreams. In her blog ‘The Talking Trails’, she shares her travel stories, preparation tips and pointers for how to incorporate travel in your life with a 9-5 job.