Why Most People Want To Travel
Many people amongst us claim they are passionate travelers.
The number of tourists around the world keeps increasing and airports are constantly setting new traffic records.
What about you? Would you like to travel somewhere right now?
In the past few decades, traveling has become more affordable thanks to low-cost airlines, comparison websites, and an increased competition.
The perception of traveling has changed from a necessity to an ideal.
We aspire to travel all the time.
It is time to face the truth — The reason we travel these days is not that we want to go somewhere else, but because we don’t want to be here.
Where are YOU traveling this summer?
“A man travels the world over in search of what he needs, and returns home to find it.” ~George Moore
Traveling has become yet another aspiration that has been defined for us.
We always talk about our travel plans, or where we just traveled back from.
We use travel as an excuse. An excuse to escape.
Escape from our reality. Escape from our daily routine. Escape from misery.
We envy those who travel, yet at the same time, we take pride in our own travels. We post photos on Instagram and never forget to mark our location.
Perhaps we do it unconsciously, but somewhere deep inside we want to spite others. We want to prove others and ourselves that we matter.
We are desperate to accomplish something, but we forget it wasn’t our own aspiration, to begin with.
The truth is — we have no real reason to travel. We just want to escape from our current existence, at least for a while.
It’s not always wrong to travel
Many of us are explorers by nature. We learn new things by visiting new places and enjoy the cultural diversity the world has to offer.
For explorers, traveling is meaningful. An aim to travel serves their purpose.
Traveling to take a break is a healthy idea.
Disconnecting from our usual surrounding gives us space to gain some clarity.
That said, there’s a difference between escaping and taking a break.
A break is something we outline consciously. We deliberately define what we want to achieve during our breaks — be it clarity or time to recharge.
Escape, on the other hand, is as a result of living in denial. Being unaware.
We escape because we are unhappy with our current situation, but we’re too afraid to face the truth.
“He is happiest, be he king or peasant, who finds peace in his home.” ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
We don’t need to travel far for a break. Home is where our minds can travel farthest if we only take the right approach.
We have to develop enough self-awareness and practice it, day by day.
Let your mind drift away and just disconnect from the world. Try it next time you go for a walk or do the dishes.
Your home is you.
Don’t try to escape from your own home. Escaping from it is escaping from yourself.
For once, try to be home. Try to find peace in home.
Don’t plan your next travel. Plan how you can spend more time at home.
Being home is being your true-self. Loving home is self-love.
Aspiring to be home is aspiring to be yourself.
He is happiest, who finds peace in his home. In himself.