5 Reasons I Love Travel
I’ve been fortunate to travel to Colorado (1 x), Oregon (2 x), Jordan (2 x), Jerusalem (1 x), San Francisco (many times), New Zealand (1x), and India (1x) since 2007. There are many things I love about travel. I will share 5 of them today which are not presented in any particular order.
1. The actual travel part. Whether it’s by train, plane, bus, or camel, this part is a highlight for me. I like to use this time to read, watch movies, talk with my companions, take photos, and dozily think/sleep. I even like the part when we have to wait on buses to clear the border or in airports waiting for our next connection. Truthfully when I was on the camel, I was afraid and didn’t think, sleep or talk much and I took few photos.
2. Food. I’ve tried new food on my travels. I remember tasting my first lamb shawarma (Jordan), fried calamari (New Zealand), and Bubble Tea with tapioca pearls (San Francisco). Lamb shawarma is out but hummus (sometimes even home-made) and carrots are a regular part of my diet. I found out that I like a wider range of seafood than I originally thought (in addition to calamari, I like tarakihi, blue-nose, and giant prawns). I used to say when someone asked me what I’d like for dinner, Anything but liver. Now I’d add “no bubble tea.” My food choices have provided laughs, bonding, some sickness, and fun to the travel experience.
3. Souvenirs. I enjoy shopping, so buying souvenirs is a given. Looking for the perfect gift for someone back home is a meaningful time because it connects me to the one for whom I am buying. It gives me a bridge to talk about my trip. And it helps me think about where I’ve been and what was so special about it. Finally I’m hoping it gives the recipients a taste of my travel adventure.
4. Change. Travel brings with it a novel experience. There is a change of pace. My focus is different. This modification in environment, expectations, and routine helps me to focus on the new events, people, and places before me. Thus I am encouraged to think new thoughts and try new things. Not only is there is change in my environment, change happens within me too. Somehow I become a more well-rounded, more mature person because of travel.
5. Time with others. I either have companions with me or I am traveling to be with companions. This new venue (for me anyway) allows me time to spend on the relationships without work deadlines, cell phones, and the day-to-day schedule. We can play, chat amiably, think seriously, or be quiet for extended periods of time. We are able to focus on the relationship minus competing distractions or priorities.
Your Turn . . .
- What do you like most about travel?
- Do you agree or disagree with any of my thoughts?
- What has been your most unforgettable mode of transportation? (Mine was the camel ride in Petra.)
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