Why Do We Travel

The other day, while I was rummaging through my closet, I came upon few photographs from a trip that I had undertaken long ago. It was just after my graduation, when most of my other friends were busy in placement cells or applying for jobs and a friend and I decided to hit the road. We wanted to enjoy our newfound freedom and plan something for our half settled lives.  We travelled through parts of Kerala for quite some time, with little pocket money and great joy in our hearts, cherishing the insecurities of our lives.

Today, more than a decade later, though my love for travel has grown manifold times but the reason for which I travel has changed. From wanting to escape my mundane life to seeking adventure to see what lies beyond the boundaries of familiarities, the reason to travel has evolved to presently satisfy my aesthetic, cognitive or intellectual growth. After more than a decade in travelling the more I see, the more I want to know and the more I know the more I want to see!

I had opened up a discussion on Facebook.com and Couchsurfing.org on why people want to travel. Come let us see what travelers all over the world has to say on why they want to travel:

  • To get myself outta comfort zone…to know new people and places…to gather stories to tell my buddies – Arindam Roy, Mumbai
  • Travel is a romance,
    It takes me to a trance.
    Travel is a liberation,
    From chaos, it’s a hibernation.
    Travel is that knowledge,
    Which you can’t get in college.
    Travel to me is that treasure,
    Which makes me elated beyond any measure.
    Travel brings in me humility,
    With nature it brings my fidelity.
    The restless soul in me yearns to travel,
    That’s my way to see the world unravel.
    To my wandering soul,
    Travel is the only goal.                                                                                                                -Om Prakash, Goa
  • I like to travel because of my desire to uncover new stories and relate mine to those!! -Rini Roy, Mumbai
  •  Because it is liberating. When you travel to strange lands and meet strangers you shed all your prejudices – Swarnali Choudhury, Mumbai 
  • Travel is the only form of movement that keeps you grounded. When you begin to tangle in life’s games, stress over minor downfalls and focus on materialistic things, travel opens your eyes to the truth – you are but a speck in the universe and there are things more valuable and grander than what you fret over. Then there is the meeting with complete strangers and connecting with them like kindred spirits. Journey after journey, travelling will ultimately reveal who you are and what you are made of!   – Ashwini Nair, Mumbai
  • I travel to connect my inner world with the outer world of vast seas, mighty mountains, dense foliage & ancient ruins. The connection to settle Karmic accounts of life times with strangers who were once familiar. – Swarup Debnath, Calcutta
  •  Dichotomy in our experiences help us grow and learn. As much as we need and crave for stability and constancy, we need adventure and strange. Travel fulfills my need for adventure and strange. It helps me appreciate the stability and constancy I have.    – Prasanna Priya
  •  We travel because travelling make us grow up faster. Visiting people with different culture will expand our ideology – Maryam Farahani, Tehran Islamic Republic of Iran
  •  To see the culture, the difference between people, open your mind, you think the way of living is how you live and how people live in your area, there are more way of living, other personalities, other cultures – Elena Garcia, Spain

And to end the discussion I’ll quote the one from my one of my favorite cinema “Into the Wild

So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservatism, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more dangerous to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun. – JON KRAKAUER

About Arindam

I'm still discovering myself. I wouldn't say its an identity crisis but my quest for the real myself has been getting deeper and interesting with time, travels and more people I come across. I consider myself to be among the few with esoteric tastes. I enjoy music of a broad genre and like discussing history and cultures of different countries. I Like trekking, long drives, reading and writing. Photography has been a passion and now i strictly concentrate on travel photography. I think there is no joy, like the joy of witnessing a new sunrise on a new horizon everyday of your life and in pursuit of it, if life permits, I would surely become a vagabond travelling through out the world. My travels have made me realize that one half of the world doesn't know how the other half is living. My work a small endeavor to bring both the halves together. Happy travelling!
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