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I Asked 20 Travel Bloggers: “Why Do You Travel?” and Their Answers Are Amazing

“Why do you travel?”

At first, it sounds like such a simple question, doesn’t it?

But in fact, it’s one of the most complex and open-ended questions that you can ask any traveler.  There are a million different directions that one can go about answering this question.

So, I had this idea.

My idea was to to ask this four-word question to 20 other travel bloggers.  I felt like this simple question is often overlooked, so I wanted a chance for others to spill their mind in 100 words or less.

The results are astounding.

Their answers uncover the true value that travel brings to them deep down inside.  The responses are more personal that I anticipated- but nonetheless, it’s incredibly inspiring.  To hear about how travel influences other people- through learning, experiencing, and adventuring.

I have to be honest with you, this post was so much fun to put together!  It made me really happy to see everyone’s smiling face and to read about each person’s connection with travel.  My case of wanderlust is now more severe.

I hope this post serves an as inspiration to everyone- to cover the earth before it covers you.

So now, I will turn it over to these 20 travel bloggers and you can get inspired by their answers.  Don’t forget to check out their travel blogs by clicking on the link next to their name!

1. Laura (An American Abroad)

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“I travel for the freedom. The ability to do what I want whenever I want to or to simply be able to do nothing at all. I love getting out of bed everyday knowing that the entire day is mine. I travel for the food; for the ability to discover things my tastebuds have never known and weird and wonderful things that I have no access to at home. I travel for the adventure of it all. There’s someting about not knowing what you’re going to discover in the near future that is exhilirating. I travel to challenge myself, to understand the world better, to feel meet new people. I travel because when I’m not traveling, all I can think about is where I’m going next and how soon I can get there.”

Favorite Travel Quote:
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
– Mark Twain

2. Morgan (A Beautiful View)

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“I travel because I just can’t imagine not. Looking at pictures of a new place fills me with desire, but actually experiencing that same place – being able to see, smell, touch, and hear it – that fills me with serenity, wonder, and unparalleled joy. Though I love my home, it represents only the tiniest sliver of what this world has to offer. With travel the potential for discovery and learning is seemingly infinite. In the best possible way, you are forced to reorient your priorities, expand your perspective, and evolve beyond what is comfortable into something better, something more.”

Favorite Travel Quote:
“Stuff your eyes with wonder, live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories.”
– Ray Bradbury

3. Cacinda (Points and Travel)

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“I travel to be free and to escape life.  Free of worries and to escape a boring daily life.  I travel for adventure, fun and meeting others who also love to travel.  I have always loved exploring and travel was just a natural extension of that.  It helps me get to know myself better and be more satisfied with who I am.  Travel has defined me.  And as my travel memoir writer friend Mary Morris once told me, “Sometimes we know how to battle dragons, but not windmills” I have discovered I am great at slaying dragons.  Windmills? not so much.  She also told me “You don’t really look for tigers, you look for signs of tigers.” That’s what I do when I travel, I look for tiger signs.”

Favorite Travel Quote:
“It may be that when we no longer know what to do, we have come to our real work and when we no longer know which way to go, we have begun our real journey.”
– Wendell Berry

4. Sara (This Girl Loves)

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“Shortly after graduating last summer, my Facebook feed was filled with the news that one of my friends had been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. Less than a week later, he lost his life to the disease. It was one of those stand-out moments in life where my priorities realigned, and I realised I didn’t want to be sat at a desk anymore or hating life whilst stuck in traffic on the morning commute. I decided to start travelling to see more of the world, to meet new people and encourage other people to do the same, hopefully gathering up enough stories to convince my grandchildren that I’m still cool, even when I’m old and grey!”

Favorite Travel Quote: 
“I am too old to have only seen this little of the world and too young not to go see it now.”
– Unknown

5. Jack and Jenn (Who Needs Maps)

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“We are a long distance couple (Australia and America)—so travel for us is an excuse to see each other. There is something truly special about traveling with your partner because in the end you are both discovering something new and learning more about ourselves and each other. For us, we get to kill two birds with stone, we get to see each other and we get to explore a country we both have never been to together! We have become a stronger and better couple because we have traveled together and we thank traveling for being the reason we are still together! Without travel, we would rarely see each other.”

Favorite Travel Quote:
“We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us”
– Anonymous

6. Petra (The Global Couple)

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“Do you ever get that longing feeling when you miss someone? You know that aching in the pit of your stomach? To us, that is the feeling we get when we aren’t travelling. It’s like our bodies are telling us they just want to be out there exploring some new exciting destination. We miss the delectable street food of Bangkok, the beautiful people of Myanmar, the varied landscapes of the US, and even that sick-excited feeling you get when you go to the airport. We miss every aspect of travelling when we aren’t doing it – so to keep our bodies happy, we keep on traveling.”

Favorite Travel Quote:
“Not all those who wander are lost.”
– JRR Tolkien

7. Scott (Mr Scott Eddy)

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“Well, I would have to say first and foremost that I am an entrepreneur, which is a hot word these days, but its not as glorious as it sounds, there is a lot of disappointment and negativity attached to it. I use traveling as my gasoline to fuel my inspiration, and I love to build my following using people from the travel industry, I personally think that is a shortcut to build a huge, global following. So in short, I will travel as much as I can for as long as I can.”

Favorite Travel Quote:
“Don’t Don’t tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you’ve traveled”
– Mohammad”

8. Chris (One Weird Globe)

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“I travel because there’s plenty more out there than one little corner can show you. I travel to see the weird stuff, the weird places, the weird adventures few others know to look for. I travel to see what’s out there, be it easy to find or damn near impossible. I travel because I can’t see living my life any other way. I travel because it’s become a lifelong passion. It’s how I met my wife, found my purpose in life, and have gotten to enjoy life more than I ever did back in my home country. I travel to live.”

Favorite Travel Quote:
“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”
– Ferris Bueller

9. Jessica (A Passion and a Passport)

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“I travel to see. The pink sand beaches in Bermuda, the underwater world in Moorea, the sunsets in Santorini, and the cherry blossoms in Washington DC were all a feast for my eyes. I travel for adventure. Swimming with sharks in French Polynesia, cave-tubing in Belize, taking helicopter rides in Kauai, and paragliding in the Dominican Republic all gave me an adrenaline rush. I travel to eat. Powered sugar beignets in New Orleans, ciders in London, shave ice in Maui, pizza and gelato in Rome, and bagels and pastrami in New York most definitely cured my appetite. I travel to experience. Watching the sunrise at the top of Masada in Israel,  being blinded by neon lights in Vegas, riding a camel in the Negev Desert, and feeling complete solitude underneath a bed of stars all made my heart flutter a bit. I travel to feel alive, and to find happiness.”

Favorite Travel Quote:
“If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine, it’s lethal.”
– Paulo Coelho

10. Rebecca (Life Beyond Borders)

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“I travel to discover new countries and cultures, to blog about them and share the experiences with others – so that they, too, might realise the world and its cultures and people—just because they are different doesn’t mean they have to be scary. Travel opens up our minds, our hearts and souls—we should go beyond the borders of geography and the borders of our minds to rid ourselves of our xenophobia and pre-conceptions.”

 Favorite Travel Quote:
“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness”
– Mark Twain

11. Cory (Curb Free with Cory Lee)

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“I travel because there is nothing better than seeing new sights and exploring new places. I have had a strong desire to see as much of this world as possible since I was a child and I want to encourage others to do the same. As a wheelchair user that travels, I often hear other wheelchair users say that traveling isn’t possible or that it’s too difficult for them. I am on a mission to dispel that myth. I will keep traveling until every person is rolling around this world and seeing all of the beauty that it has to offer.”

Favorite Travel Quote:
“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page”
-St. Augustine

12. Rich (Richy Feet)

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“For me it’s pretty simple: happiness takes so many forms around the world and I want to explore those good feelings; I travel to smile and to see other people smiling. I don’t just mean standing there with a big stupid grin on my face, I travel for those moments where you feel the happiness flowing through your body when you just can’t help but say “wow”. That kind of happiness is so simple, and that’s why I love it. You know the feeling I mean, when you’re in the middle of nowhere, in a place you’d never heard of until recently and you just think “Is this place real?!” Sat on a bus, floating on a lake, jumping off a bridge – happiness is everywhere!”

 Favorite Travel Quote:
“Don’t be afraid to give yourself everything you’ve ever wanted in life”
– Unknown

13. Nastia and Illia (Crazzzy Travel)

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“Before starting travelling together we spent two years in long-distance relationship. Needless to say that the only wish we had was to spend together as much time as possible. Travelling came as a great solution. We shared experiences, emotions and love while visiting new countries, meeting new people and cultures. Gradually, our passion to travelling developed into wanderlust. It might sound as a cliché, but travelling is addictive. Nowadays when staying at one place for too long, we feel not only bored, but “travel-sick”. There is little we can do about that, thus, we travel.”

Favorite Travel Quote:
“We travel not to escape life but for life not to escape us.”
– Unknown

14. Kach (Two Monkeys Travel)

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“We travel to live, to put down shallow roots in as many places as possible which we call home. We travel for the challenge of finding our place in a strange new world; making friends, forming connections and hopefully creating a lasting and positive impression on the people we meet. Our roots are not physical ties, preventing us from moving on, but rather a tangled web of feelings, experiences and shared memories that keep us permanently connected with the people we leave behind. We remember them and they remember us – that’s all that matters. One day, when we feel ready, our roots will dig deeper and we will allow them to hold us there…one day. This is why we travel.”

Favorite Travel Quote:
“What do we leave behind when we cross each frontier? Each moment seems split in two; melancholy for what was left behind and the excitement of entering a new land.”
– Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara

15. Sharon (Where’s Sharon?)

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“The main reason I travel? I am an experience junkie. I want to have every experience there is in this world. I want to know what it’s like to see Mt Everest, visit the Pyramids and sit in a cafe in St Marks Square. I want to try different foods, test myself and speak different languages. I want to visit old friends, make new ones and understand other cultures. Now that I have kids, I also want to ensure they grow up knowing they are global citizens and not being scared of differences but embracing. I want them to enjoy other places and cultures and realise our Australian life is just one way to live life.”

Favorite Travel Quote:
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
– Mark Twain

16. João Sá (Travelholic Nomad)

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“I travel because the best things in life are the ones that are still left to discover. Traveling makes me feel alive, and allows me to do what I most love in life: meet and explore. My passion in life is driven by meeting new people, connecting with them, knowing their stories, because for me that’s the best way in the World you can embrace new cultures when you travel. I can’t be happy staying still, I have a constant need to move and explore new places and to delve into the unbeaten path. I wouldn’t trade my daily life as a world wanderer for nothing, because there isn’t anything that could ever replace the bliss and satisfaction it grants me every single second.”

Favorite Travel Quote:
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
– Mark Twain

17. Buddy (Buddy the Traveling Monkey)

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“This question always makes me think of another question: “Why wouldn’t you travel?” There are people out there that genuinely don’t have any interest at all in traveling. They don’t blame money, time, or kids. They just don’t care to travel. And that blows my mind! I travel because I want to learn and grow as a person. I want to understand how cultures do things differently and why. I want to learn things for myself, and not just read about them from a book. I also travel because I want to show other people that it is a very possible thing to do and because I want to inspire that wanderlust from a young age.”

Favorite Travel Quote:
“Life is short. If there was ever a moment to follow your passion and do something that matters to you, that moment is now.”
– Unknown

18. Josh & Liz (Peanuts or Pretzels)

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“For us, there are many reasons why we choose to travel. First, we believe that travel is the bestway to experience the world, which makes us feel alive! Being able to emerge ourselves in different cultures as we live and work around the world is the ultimate life education. Plus, you learn a lot about yourself when you travel to far away lands, and for long periods of time. This is especially true as a traveling couple. Sometimes when we start to miss the comforts of home, all it takes is something as simple as watching the sunrise over the ancient Angkor Wat temple in Cambodia, or learning to drive amotorbike like the locals in Thailand to remind us why we travel.”

Favorite Travel Quote:
“You don’t choose a life. You Live one.”
– Emilio Estevez

19. Andrew (Passport Chronicles)

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“I worked at a large company for five years as an expat in Germany. At first, I loved my life there because I felt like there was so much to learn about my new home. Every day was a new discovery. However, after a couple years, my life began to fall into routine. Eventually, I took a trip to Interlaken, Switzerland and did something that I never thought I would be able to do. I bungee jumped. After that, I couldn’t shake the need for new experiences and I started to plot my departure from the firm and a life filled with travel. Now, a year later, here I am writing these words from the 88th floor of the Jin Mao skyscraper overlooking the Bund in Shanghai and loving every new experience.”

Favorite Travel Quote:
“Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure… than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.”

Last but not least, here is my answer:

DCIM100GOPROWhy do I Travel?

“Traveling has changed my life forever.  I simply cannot provide one answer to this question, so I will spill my brain. Seeing new places, experiencing new cultures, learning about the history of countries and exploring nature are some of my favorite aspects to traveling.  Eating local dishes and experiencing the local nightlife are things that I am obsessed with doing in every place I visit.  But above all, the #1 reason that I travel is to step out of my comfort zone by doing things that make me happy.  Meeting people, sharing stories and create lifelong memories that I can look back on forever.”

Favorite Travel Quote:
“When you’re about to make a decision, what would your elder self think about the choice you are about to make?” 

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