Why I Travel: The Revised Version

Jan 23, 2012 by

Me and my cruise buddies from my trip to Bermuda.


Several months ago, I wrote about why I travel.  I wrote that post at a time in my life when I was (clearly) feeling a bit stuck.  Now that I’m unstuck, I have a slightly different perspective.  Yes, I still travel to break up the monotony of every day life.  I also travel because I love to learn, take photos, and find inspiration for writing (and this blog, the most expensive hobby anyone could ever have).  But lately, the more I think about it, the more another reason floats to the surface.

I travel because traveling gives me the opportunity to meet and interact with so many different people from around the country and world.

Looking back over my past trips, it was the people I met that made each trip special.  From the lovely couple that we shared a meal with in New Brunswick to the random teacher I chatted with at a Bar Harbor pub to the lovely ladies I met on my last cruise, every person I’ve met on my travels has enriched my life in some way.  Some have even become forever friends.  And that’s the best souvenir anyone could ever ask for.

This next trip is exciting for me in part because of the people I know I will get to meet, as well as the people I don’t even know I’ll be meeting yet.  I have plans to meet up with two not-yet-friends, and know that I will surely meet many more friends-to-be I’ve not even anticipated.  So if you are out in the world and see someone who looks like me, say hello to her.  Even if she’s not me, she’s a possible friend-to-be.  And she just might make your trip all the more interesting and fun.

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  1. Robin

    I agree, the people you meet during your travels adds to the memories, and can become friends for life.

    • elbodans

      It’s funny, because it seems people who meet each other while traveling tend to have a lot in common. After all, there’s a reason they ended up at the same place–far away from home–at the same time!

  2. Becky

    So true! The internet is a great way to arrange meeting up with people while traveling too – I was able to meet up with an internet friend in Disney that I met on a forum, and I’m attending the wedding of another Disney forum friend later this year!

    • elbodans

      I absolutely agree. Between this blog and the various forums I participate in, I’ve met many wonderful people first online and then in real life, via travel. When travel and the internet combine, magical things happen! :-)

  3. Sherry

    I have been thoroughly enjoying reading your blog posts. :-)

    • elbodans

      I’m glad you like the blog! I have many (MANY) posts in draft from my most recent trip. I’ve only been back for….19 hours…so they’ll start being posted in a day or two. I did a terrible (read: non existent) job of blogging whilst traveling on this last trip. Ooops!

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