What is travel? If you ask this question to 50 different people, you’ll get 50 different answers. The terms “to go,” “to journey,” and “to move in a given direction” in the dictionaries can’t even make up their mind as all of these terms are positively related to travel. But I would say that traveling is much more than just a movement.
“To journey” would feasibly enhance the definition of travel. It infers going or moving away from one place and ending in another, with many memorable experiences in between. This is undoubtedly the essence of travel. Travel-journey is not just of one kind.
There are many sorts of journeys that have set itineraries and destinations – for instance, a cruise, or guided tour, where the traveler is simply for the ride. At the same time, there are sorts of journeys that lack a roadmap or possibly consist only of destinations and plans.
These kinds of the voyage can be altered at any point along the road, and they can adapt and often force the traveler to adjust. Many consider this second type of travel “real travel”- a trip that can change who you are and how you view the world. Yes! Perhaps this second type of journey explores opportunities for self-reflection and self-discovery, but a trip of any sort can still be considered travel when it comes to travel. (Gee, C.Y., Choy, D.J. and Makens, J.C., 1984)
And this arises a second question- Why do we travel?
It begins with the urge to be somewhere that we are not, and most frequently, it is after we arrive somewhere. We travel for many reasons, but accordingly, it is interesting to note down that vacations are referred to as “gateways.”
Mostly we travel to overcome stress and anxiety related to a job, a relationship, or just due to the sense of wanderlust. Occasionally, we don’t even realize that while traveling, we are actually trying to escape. Even a short vacation to a beach or a visit to an unfamiliar city may serve you as an escape from work, stress, and responsibilities burdened on your shoulders.
With the help of this escape, a traveler feels relaxed, setting himself to explore, discover and learn. This freedom & ability to challenge and re-invent ourselves via travel leads to self-discovery. Many travelers admit that they travel to find things- a sense of purpose answers to questions about life or just to know who they are. Most probably, we return from our journey by determining our strengths and weaknesses.
Besides discovering a new sense of self, travelers mostly feel to explore other cultures to understand them better, too. This ultimately put up a clear picture in front of us by that where do we fit in.
When you have a glance at the overall reasons of people to travel and realize how one reason can logically lead to the next, it is apparent that it is not much difficult to understand how a small change can lead to a voracious desire to be on the move constantly. The desire to travel, to explore, can simply be healed by a short vacation. In fact, a short vacation often makes the travel bug bite much harder.