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6 Reasons Why I Love To Travel And You Might Too

6 Reasons To Love Travel

Traveling around and exploring new places is one of the best things you can do for yourself. The graduate student / researcher in me wants to show you a citation to support that statement, and I am sure that there are some out there but I don't have one for you. Nope. I'm going to support the statement by saying something that every researcher hates to hear: I just know it. It is something that I can just feel and know to be true.

Not only have I had the chance to travel around a few countries (and a decent size of the US) but I'm lucky enough to be living in a foreign country for an extended period of time for the second time in my life. And that is both incredibly exciting and a little terrifying. Sometime between camping in the Mojave, to staying in a rural village in northern Italy, I learned a thing or two about myself including why I love to travel and explore.

6. Exploring the Natural Beauty. While I'm not one to pass up hanging out by the pool all day, I love exploring the natural beauty of a new place. From the cloud forest in Costa Rica, to blooming gardens in Japan, to the gorgeous Mojave and Anza Borrego deserts, the natural beauty of the world never stops amazing me!
Grand Canyon - South Kaibab Trail - ooh aah point
5. Trying New Food. Hello, I'm Nicole, and I love to eat. To be honest, I've been pretty lucky living in California where we have just about every type of food imaginable – but it doesn't mean that it is authentic! Although I'm a pescatarian, I am willing to try almost any new food at least once. Some are more exotic (emu in Australia) than others (moose in Alaska, escargot in France, and ramen in Japan). A couple of weeks I tried 1 bite of crocodile meat (tasted like pork chops) but I don't think that I'll try that again. Of course there are some things that I could not try, but I think that the best way to learn about a country is to eat your way through! I also love to try to find the best sushi place in every country (although nothing can top fresh sashimi at the Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo)!

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4. Goodbye car! Living without a car can be one of the most challenging, frustrating, and liberating aspects of being in a new place. Most countries have much better public transportation systems than the US, making getting around without a car so easy. I love trying to navigate new subways systems and bus routes but I also typically do a lot of walking while traveling. And this is a good thing since I spend most of my time trying new food. Goodbye car, hello firm legs?!

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3. Spontaneous adventures. This never would have made my happy list a couple of years ago. I'm a big planner and get anxious when I don't know what is happening. But some of the best times I've had while traveling result from unplanned, spontaneous adventures.

Things to do in Copenhagen - ChristianiaThings to do in Copenhagen - Christiania

2. Sharing the Experience with a Loved One. Traveling alone is fantastic. When I moved to Australia for my study abroad program I didn't know a single other person. Truly terrifying, but a remarkable experience. Since getting engaged, though, I've now got the best PIE (partner in exploring). I love being able to share  my travel experiences with my fiancé and creating memories of our adventures together. We have some pretty amazing stories that I can't wait to share with our future children (years and years and years in the future).

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1. Seeing the Best in People. The world is filled with loving, caring, interesting, inspiring, wonderful people. Don't you forget it. I'm ashamed to admit that sometimes I forget the good in people and get a little nervous when traveling to a new place. But most of the time I am greeted with love, warmth, and acceptance even when I expect the opposite.

Now it is your turn: Do you love to travel? Why?

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Nicole is a treasure hunter and pup mama located in Seattle, Washington. Loves travel, politics, lifestyle, TV, & wine. She's an unapologetic SJW & feminist AF.

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  • Rachel Murphree

    Yes to all of this. I know that it’s cliched to say that traveling changes you and forces you to grow, but it really does. One of my favorite things is hearing perspectives from people of different cultures. For instance, our guide in Zambia was thrilled to hear we are from Los Angeles and had a bunch of questions for us about hip hop culture and guns in America. The questions that he had for us said a lot about how the rest of the world sees us, and I feel like I learned just as much about my own culture from him as I did about his. I guess this is why I love teaching international students too.

    • that an interesting experience in Zambia! I love hearing about how people from different countries view the American culture. And I absolutely agree with you – it does force you to change and grow! Thanks for sharing, Rachel!

  • Angelina

    This makes me want to travel. I’ve always pictured traveling to be such a life changing thing. Hopefully I make time in my life to go see the rest of the world. I think it would be so sad to die without doing so.

    -Angelina
    The 360 Woman

    • The amazing thing about traveling and exploring is that it doesn’t have to be limited to seeing other countries! When I lived in Los Angeles country I was so surprised by all the micro cultures within each of the neighborhoods! I saw get out and explore as much as possible – and lucky you if it takes you around the world!

  • Rekha Monger

    I love travelling to new places with a partner. That way even if I get lost I would be able to figure out hehe..I love your little space in this web, ever since I discovered it, I have been coming over and over again *embaressed.*

    I’m excited about the giveaway, hope I get to win :)

    http://irelatetothat.blogspot.com

    • ha! I get lost too. No shame in that, right?
      And thank you, Rekha! You’re so sweet! I hope that you keep coming back :) Good luck with the giveaway!

  • I love this, and can relate to just about every reason :) It’s so humbling to travel… to realise not everybody thinks of my home-country like I do, that I need to mess up a language and realise how hard English can be, to realise there are different ways to do things (I mean, I was my dishes differently here than I did in SA after seeing how a German lady did it!)… I realise just how big the world is.

    • Ah, I love that traveling can influence the bigs (global perspective) and little things like washing dishes!

  • amber

    I backpacked through Europe solo about 5 years ago and it was the most liberating experience of my life. My favourite part? Getting lost — on purpose. There’s no better way to discover all of the nooks and crannies of the places you’re visiting :)

    • Getting lost on purpose can be amazing! What an incredible experience you had, Amber. Which countries did you visit during your backpacking trip?

      • amber

        It was amazing! I backpacked through France, Spain, Portugal, Italy and Greece :)

  • a_nicklin

    I love to see new things, I just wish money wasn’t an issue so I could travel all around with my family!

    • oh man, I completely agree! Unfortunately money does tend to hinder traveling BUT we’ve been traveling on the cheap lately (thanks to great online deals, etc)

  • Couldn’t agree with you more on these! Especially numbers one and two :) Basically, travel is awesome.

  • I don’t really get to travel, but I would LOVE to for all these same reason. I want to photograph different places, too! :)

  • I love to travel because it opens my mind so much. It has been so important for me to see why American is great and why it isn’t, for instance. It’s amazing seeing new perspectives and ways of doing things. And the food, oh the food!

    • oooh the food. I just want to experience it all! And I totally agree with you about having a clearer view on American / being American. I wish that more Americans traveled because of it!

  • I haven’t gotten to explore many new places, but I love when I do because I get to peek into the lives of other people and LEARN from them!! It’s so cool to see how other people interpret the world.

    I’ve officially been bitten by the travel bug.

    • Isn’t it amazing how different cultures can see the world so, well, differently?Beautiful, huh? I love that you want to learn from others!

  • David

    I love to travel and try new food!

  • i traveled a lot more years ago and hope to get more opportunities. traveling definitely helped make me the person that i am today and there are so many benefits for sure!
    — jackie @ jade and oak

    • When I’m busy / low on money and can’t travel around as much I still try to go exploring in my own city. It is so amazing what you can find in your own backyard!

  • Great reasons! I definitely love to travel for the food and to see how people live their lives elsewhere. It has definitely taught me what is most important in life.
    http://liveitinerantly.com

  • These are all great reasons! Traveling is so good for the soul. I love to travel to experience how other people live and truly be transformed into what it would be like to live in that culture and experience what the natives go through.

    • love the attitude! I think that a lot of people like to travel but resist experiencing the culture (like, “In America, we do things like this or this). I’m so glad that you like to get into the culture!

  • La Tache Weir

    I absolutely agree about traveling alone vs with someone! When I was alone I just wanted to share it all with Rich! But I didn’t let that step in the way of my adventures! :-)

  • HeyCourtneyRae

    I agree sashimi is seriously one of my favorite things to eat, however I haven’t had the pleasure of having it in tokyo, lucky duck! I love traveling because I really thing it widens your point of view and expands your mind. anti-egocentric if you will.

    A Golden State of Mind

    • absolutely it does! And also, if at some point you get the chance to go to Japan make sure to get sashimi at the fish market – life changing!

  • I enjoyed traveling on my own, but it takes it to a new level to have someone special to share it with ;) xx

  • Claire (@Kurea_San)

    I think you really meet the most amazing people when travelling – especially when travelling alone and looking for someone to have a friendly converstaion with. One of the best things I ever did was move to Japan for a year by myself – everyday was unique and suprising! And learning a new language is always a bonus :)

    http://somewhereyonder.blogspot.co.uk/

    • where you able to learn the language? I was surprised at how few people spoke English in Japan!

  • Traveling is the best!! I love it for the food, the adventure and the break with the day to day routine of life. I’m counting the days until my next one as we speak.

  • This post will get anyone in the mood for travel! I am looking forward to doing a bit of that around the U.S when I move there in Oct!

    • oh man there is so much of the US to explore! Any places that you’re particularly interested in seeing?

      • I would really love to travel to places withn the U.S that are very different from each other to get a real sense of the diversity within the country as I love to document and experience the differences that link the country together (if that makes sense)! I would love to see some New England states (being a Brit) and West Virginia for a start (Hubby was born there).

  • I love to travel to test my boundaries. I am usually shy and timid, but I have learned to toss fear aside and set out on my own. I have realized that I am much more capable than I once thought I was.

    • that is awesome, Megan! traveling certainly does force us to test (and sometimes break) our limits!

  • I love public transportation! I think I said that every single time I boarded a bus or train in Europe this summer, and I think my companions got pretty sick of it haha. In fact, they started announcing, “I loooooove public transportation!” every time we used it. :)

    • BlushandBarbells

      I love public transportation too! In fact, I live carless in Los Angeles. Much more time for reading on the bus ;)

      • carless in LA?! wow! I didn’t think that it was possible! I took the train into LA a couple of times but it stops running too early in the night :(

    • hahaha that is hilarious!

  • Oh, and I love to travel because I’m fascinated with history and seeing how other people live, both today and in the past. Sorry, I didn’t look at the giveaway until after I commented about your list. :)

  • BlushandBarbells

    I love to travel because I want to see all the things I’ve read about!

  • Rima Sagala

    oh hello of course i love to travel :)))))) caught the bug a little late but nevertheless, I do LOVE to travel. Woot!

  • Joe Zach

    Oh yes…. travelling exposes us to so many new ideas and places. Like that last pic. (was there last month)

  • Z K

    I looooooove this post. I’ve been meaning to write a huge post about how much I loved Europe for a while but this summed a lot of it up for me. Now that I’m a junior and can start thinking about post grad (cue shivers and screams), I’ve started heavily considering going abroad for my first job. Agh?!?!? I don’t know yet, just something in the cards. Also, thanks so much for the giveaway, I can’t wait to see if I win!

    • oh I can’t wait to se your post about Europe!
      Also, I promise that post-grad life isn’t that bad … especially if you’re considering going abroad!

  • Lix Hewett

    This isn’t a super deep reason, but I love going to a place I have no prior negative feelings about (like, say, most of my own country) and snapping away at things. And walking. And sitting in bookstores drinking coffee, which is an unfortunately uncommon experience here.

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  • Kam Goraya

    I love this post :) My hubby and I want to travel as much as we can before we settle down and have a family and this has totally reinforced that – especially sharing experiences with a loved one and trying lots of new, yummy food!

    amarriedcoupleandtheirtravels.blogspot.com

  • Jaclyn Beasley

    I love to travel because it makes me feel independent and more responsible. I also love learning about other cultures and seeing the beauty that different places hold!

  • I love to be immersed in the history of a place – and traveling is almost like opening up a new book, giving me new stories. I have an active imagination, so I really enjoy “putting” myself back in a certain time.

  • Chelsee

    I think that experiencing different cultures is the most rewarding experience.

  • ashlenalley

    Way awesome giveaway! new follower!

  • ashlenalley

    i love to travel because I get to see the world. I try to take in all i can of nature’s beauty!!

  • Kelsey

    I love to experience new things! I get bored with the same daily routine.

  • Wonderful post! I whole heartedly agree!
    I’m not a spontaneous person, but I must say the trips and experiences I’ve enjoyed the most is when they weren’t planned. And not having to use a car is one of my favourite things about travelling.
    Although the car is so useful (i do love a good road trip!) I just love to walk to discover new places. It’s the only way I really start getting the feel of a town.
    Thank you for sharing this post :)

  • I love all six of these reasons.

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