Can travel change your life?

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We travel for many reasons – what are yours?

“The Philosophy of Travel” was written by George Santayana. He wrote “we need sometimes, to escape into open solitudes, into aimlessness, into the moral holiday of running some pure hazard, in order to sharpen the edge of life, to taste hardship, and to be compelled to work desperately for a moment at no matter what”

I’m liking that

We travel for a getaway from our jobs, our everyday lives, our current reality. We travel to learn to cook, learn to change a habit, learn a new language. We travel to shop. We travel to indulge. We travel to celebrate. We travel to volunteer and help others. We travel for our jobs. We travel to reach a goal. We travel to be inspired.

You leave it all at home when you travel, you are forced to take on the current customs, habits and etiquette. Those old ways of doing things, sights and smells are gone momentarily.
Do we travel to grab ourselves by the virtual scruff of the neck and “pull our socks up”?

Not really understanding the language, knowing what’s in the food, where the road leads to is a feeling you just don’t get walking out the front door. Doesn’t that wake you up, and fill you with memories on your return?

Is that why you travel?

Back to another George Santayana quote “There is wisdom in turning as often as possible from the familiar to the unfamiliar; it keeps the mind nimble; it kills prejudice, and it fosters humour”

Do we agree? Does travel change your life? Comment away below…

Comments 5

  1. Great article. I haven’t travelled properly for years and I feel a bit ‘rat race’. Young children and $$$ seem to get in the way. Soon our daughter will be old enough and we will be able to travel again and experience the joy of unknown languages, cuisine and adventure.

  2. So much yes! Every time I trave I learn something new about myself. I love experiencing new cultures, trying new foods, meeting new people, seeing new places. Then I love coming home to Aoteroa and planning the next one!

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