I went to see the movie Everest recently, and at one point in the movie, the climbers were asking each other, “WHY?” as in, why do they do it?
In the early ’90s, these people were paying $65,000 to have someone lead them up the mountain, not knowing if they would even make it through the trip alive. Especially then, people could buy a whole lot with that much money, so, why did they do it? Why did they spend all that money on one single experience?
To be honest, most of the characters didn’t answer the question and I don’t want to spoil the movie, but it got me thinking about why people travel. We spend a lot of money on these non-tangible experiences, so it’s GOT to mean something to us. What is that meaning?
For me, I travel for the feelings of freedom, excitement, and wonder that I get when I arrive in a new place. It’s for the feeling of pure bliss and discovery of myself and the people I meet through the new experiences.
I wanted to know why other people invest in travel, so I asked the question in the Facebook group for an organization that I LOVE, Girls Who Travel.
This organization was created by two women who love traveling and “who wanted to find a way to connect with other women and inspire them to explore the world” –GWT About Section.
Inspire, they have! Being part of the GWT group is so encouraging, fun, positive, and informative. I’ve learned so much and I’ve only been part of the group for a little over a month. I’ve also made some great connections, have met many women from it, and I can’t wait to meet more of the members as I keep traveling.
So, without any further ado, here are the responses to my question,
“Why do you travel?”
- Haley (Co-founder of GWT): “I travel because every new place seems to unlock a new door inside of me that I never knew existed. I know I am a better, more well-rounded person as a direct result from the people and places that I’ve seen around the world.”
- Arielle: “Refer to the Motorcycle Diaries, when Ernesto is asked the same question and he answers with ‘We travel, just to travel.'”
- Leah: “I travel to experience new things, to keep my mind and my imagination fresh, to learn about the world; the people and the earth. All these new experiences broaden my outlook on life and give me the courage to expand my boundaries and try things I’m both excited and nervous for.”
- Arnette: “It’s cheaper than my therapist”
- Natasha: “What Arnette said! 😉 “
- Lauren: “I travel mainly to feed my soul — it craves epic experiences, breathtaking scenery, exotic new foods, and learning about the world. Also to challenge myself, to stretch my comfort zone and learn what I’m capable of, so I can keep expanding and living an extraordinary life. And, finally, to learn about the human race. Traveling helps me learn what’s cultural and what’s universal to us all — I’m fascinated by the fact that every human culture has prioritized things like art, music, history, heroics and storytelling even though they’re not essential to our survival. Which brings me back to feeding the soul…”
- Joni: “I want to see as much of this world as I possibly can”
I definitely resonate with these responses and want more people to see how invaluable traveling can be as a way to broaden your mind, humble you, excite you, inspire you, and so much more.
Why do YOU travel?