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Have you ever wondered what causes that infamous travel bug? Or maybe you’re searching for a little inspiration to gather the courage and travel yourself. Here is a compilation of my top 5 inspiring reasons to turn that dream into a reality, throw caution to the wind and get out there and travel!

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1. To escape

Being an adult is not all it’s cracked up to be hey? Sometimes a break away from everyday life is the perfect tonic to your troubles and travel allows us to get rid of those social shackles that sometimes make us lose our identity. Or a big trip can ease the transition between life stages, be it a career move or schooling. Time away can allow you the chance to reflect on where you’ve been, where you’re going and where you want to be!

2. To learn

Travel really opens your eyes and forces you to be present – this is the time for soul searching and you may learn something new about yourself. Just traveling is education enough, but it is also a fantastic opportunity to gain a new skill, to learn a new language or to just try anything new. Who cares nobody knows you here!

3. To appreciate

Being away from home and visiting countries that are less developed, we often realize how much we take for granted, how much value we place on materialism and how disconnected we’ve become to what really matters – family, friends, home, health, and happiness.

“I love to travel because it opens my eyes, gladdens my heart, sharpens my mind, tires my feet, lightens my wallet and brightens my life” – Ramya Tirumalai

Most travelers agree that they experience a sincere appreciation for life and a better understanding of their values after a trip to other cultures. You’ll also meet many interesting people and form invaluable relationships as you share these meaningful moments and experiences together.

4. To experience

Travel means adventure. It means creating exciting experiences, having hair-raising horror stories, exploring possibilities and pushing boundaries. There is no limit to what you can do, where you can go, who you can meet. And you are rewarded with timeless memories, cool stories and a sense of achievement. Because hey, that was some adventure!

5. To live

Many travel enthusiasts’ site personal growth as a reason to travel, as it can broaden your mind, boost your confidence and allow you to realize your true potential. These are long-term benefits that could change your perspective or direction in life entirely.

Being immersed in unfamiliar surroundings, lifestyle, people, food, the currency the works! – It can be challenging, but that exciting buzz you get at the time and the sense of achievement after completing such a mean feat is totally worth it!

Have any of these ideas inspired you to pack your bags and travel to a distant land? Or do you have other reasons that motivate you? Feel free to comment and share your ideas!