Travel. Only one word but with many perspectives.
There is no black or white answer about why you should or should not travel. There is even no clear definition because travel has a different meaning for all of us.
Let me explore for you the black, the white and the grey shades of travel. At the end let me know which shade of travel suits you the best.
Here we go!
1. Travel is not a luxury, it’s a necessity.
2. Travel is about unexpected discoveries, the joy of being away from daily routines and crushing the fear of the unknown.
3. Happiness is not a state to arrive at, but a manner of traveling (Margaret Lee Runbeck)
4. Serendipitous travel creates the moments you will never forget.
5. Only by traveling you will learn about the real diversity of our planet.
6. I always take something back from my travels, even if it’s just a story.
7. We have an urge to fence whatever we encounter. We want to set a time frame. Otherwise we might lose control. Travel helps to overcome that by redefining our personal boundaries.
8. Travel can be a myth as it isn’t always some luxury 5 star adventure. Sometimes it’s just terrible (don’t remind me of that 14 hour bus ride somewhere in India).
9. We will always make the classic travel mistake of forgetting our passport.
10. How many times did you have the feeling you paid too much for that short stretch of transportation? Don’t blame the Tuk Tuk or rickshaw driver, he just tries to make a living. And no, it has nothing to do with you…
11. What’s the difference between 1 week and 1 year of travel? A bucket full of amazing life lessons and experiences.
12. I feel sorry for these people on the beach, red skin like a lobster and having no idea what is happening inland, 100 meters away from the beach.
13. Booking your trip in advance on the internet looks good, but do know that negotiating locally at the actual place is cheaper most of the times.
14. Life begins at the end of your comfort zone: crush those travel fears and go out.
15. Fear of traveling with small children? Don’t. They learn more from traveling than they will ever do in a class room.
16. It’s not that I adore travel particularly, I just like to move and stay in different places.
17. Traveling kids are the global citizens of tomorrow.
18. Travel brings power and love back into your life (Rumi).
19. Fear of (political) turmoil in cities is fed by TV news. Ask locals and 95% of the times you are safe to travel.
20. The era of heavy travel guidebooks is slowly coming to an end.
21. What Felix Baumgartner taught us about traveling is that you should not be afraid, just jump!
22. Fear of leaving stability of your hometown behind witholds many from traveling. True, but when you are never challenged, you don’t live.
23. Why does it feel like life has no boundaries when we travel?
24. Travel will teach you how to turn a white canvas into a pallet full of colors.
25. Aren’t we all afraid to lose control when we jump into a foreign taxi and hope the bad-English speaking taxi driver knows where you want to go….
26. Travel can be an escape from your job, your commitments and routines. But in the end, all you were searching for was you.
27. When I travel I welcome my moments of solitude. They challenge me to think about how to escape the things that control me back home.
28. What did I learn when traveling? That I hate the commitments and routines back home that make life pass by far too quickly.
29. To understand the concept of home, you need to get out first.
30. Traveling with babies is always a sensible subject. Are you in favor of creating special baby areas in an airplane?
31. Struggling to pick the next destination….I know, it’s a luxury problem.
32. Of all the types of travelers at an airport, the hurrying narcissist is my favorite! What’s yours?
33. I am ashamed by the lack of dress code of tourists and travelers. Show some sense, sensibility and respect!
34. Upon entering, why am I always in doubt whether I have to take off my shoes or not?
35. A traveler is almost like a story collector on the run.
36. The secret of travel is serendipity. Walk the streets, turn right and left and just see what you encounter. Embrace the beauty of the ordinary and the unexpected.
37. Not every tourist is a traveler.
38. Slow travel is about consciously spending more time in a place than you would normally do. Are you in favor of going slow?
39. Traveling is so overrated. It actually is nothing more than visiting someone else’s hometown.
40. Traveling with kids a couple of times a year is like giving them roots and wings.
41. When you travel, you get new perspectives. According to my son (after visiting India and Thailand), God is just one big family.
42. Traveling with children opens up two new worlds: 1. Travel from your child’s perspective and 2. Local people are more open towards you as a family.
43. There is such thing as travel satiety. You never know when it hits you: after 2 weeks, 3 months or 1 year…
44. Never believe a fixed price is really a fixed price.
45. Treat people and countries you visit with respect. Be aware of local customs and don’t be a dork.
46. “We spik Eglish’ doesn’t have to be a boundary to great communication. Use hands and feet!
47. There is a new travel trend coming up: Digital Detox. Travel is a way to escape from being online 24/7.
48. Staying with locals in their offered accommodation is a huge trend. Large hotel chains have to start offering new experiences.
49. The Lonely Planet is not so lonely anymore.
50. Traveling is far better than having a pony.
And one for you:
The Big Thing about travel for me is….. [ fill in what you think is important ]
P.S. if you thought this had anything to do with the content of Fifty Shades of Grey, you were wrong (sorry). It’s just some kind of year-end reflection…