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Why do I love to travel?

If you think about it for too long, travelling is really weird. I'm going to pay to get on a plane and go somewhere a few thousand miles away with a bag full of my possessions to look around for a period of time and stay in a building with multiple strangers. But weirdness aside, there's something beautifully calming and awe striking about being somewhere you've never been before. Seeing the people, tasting the food, smelling the sea... It's a gorgeous experience. The reasons why people love to travel are varied. They’re also very personal. I personally have ten reasons I love to travel. Here are my reasons:

1. Challenging Yourself.

I've always struggled to get out of my comfort zone because of bizaare anxieties and thoughts that wont leave me alone. I get caught in the swing of life and I cant escape. Travel lets me get away from my comfortzone and the swing of things, and experience something new, to give into those cravings for new experiences and new challenges that every human being has. Travel is the ultimate place to test yourself, you can try new things and discover yourself in ways you didn't know possible. It pushes people to their limits and gets them outside their comfort zone. You often shock yourself while travelling having discovered how resourceful you are when you’re exposed to new places, people and experiences.

2. Getting In Touch With Yourself.

Travel lets you discover yourself. When half way up a mountain or people watching in a city or on a boat, you really start to question who you are and why you are stood or sat at that exact point in the universe. Getting away from home gives you the opportunity to reflect on your life. You have the needed time and space to let your mind wander and have those deep and challenging thoughts. I find it helps me find guidance knowing that I'm in control and that everything is irrelevant in the grand scheme of things. I feel like after a trip I come home knowing myself a little better, and with a fresh perspective on what I want and how to get there.

3. Making a Difference.

This is pretty self explanatory. I try to do things abroad to make a difference to the local community, some trips I plan are soully to make a difference and volunteer within an area, because i believe it is important to do these things and improve living standards and conditions for adults, children and animals alike. It's only a little thing but it makes you feel so much better in yourself, and you feel so good after doing it. It's a really rewarding experience and makes lives better.

4. Appreciating Life.

'In order for your life to be great, you must first learn to appreciate it' and travelling allows you to do this. It makes you realise how lucky you are when you can see other peoples ways of life and can compare it to your own. Sometimes you just have to stop taking everything for granted and get away, meet new people, enjoy yourself and really appreciate what you have and the life you get to live.

5. Escaping.

Travel is the ultimate escape. You pack your things and leave it all behind, going somewhere beautiful or exotic or extreme to take time to yourself. We want an escape from the daily grind of a life of routine. Everyday I wake up, get dressed, go to school, go home, eat, do my homework, work on the blog, eat and then sleep, and that gets boring. Travel is an escape. The further you go off the beaten path, the easier it is to forget all that stuff at home, and it's amazing.

6. Relaxing.

Life can get pretty full on and overwhelming sometimes and when it does, it's important to unwind and calm down and take time to yourself. Relaxation is a very effective tool for looking after our health- both physical and mental and travelling is one of the best ways to do this. You can go wherever yo want, eat whatever you want, do whatever you want. YOU are in control of that situation and if you want to lie down on the beach all day... you can. This is so important to me because i'm not good at relaxing, and travel really makes me slow down and enjoy myself.

7. My Mental Health.

Without getting too deep, my mental health isn't the best. I blame a few things for this, but mainly my lack of faith and trust in other people. Travelling and meeting extraordinary people and seeing these awe striking places really makes me realise the world isn't all that bad and is actually a very beautiful place, despite what my darkest thoughts and anxieties scream.

8. Learning.

I'm quite an academic kid, ditsy, but quite clever. I always want to expand my knowledge and learn new things and once again travel lets me do this. I can go to museums and galleries and monuments and learn about the people and the art and the culture and the history, and to me that is amazing. I can learn a lot about myself too, like how I'm not as scared of heights as I originally thought, and I'm actually fit enough to hike several miles up a mountain, despite thinking I wouldn't make it half way up.

9. The Joy of It.

Lets face it, going abroad and going places is really blooming fun, and thats the main reason most people do leisure activities, to have fun and thrill seek. If life isn't about enjoying yourself and having fun, what is it about? Certainly not being bored. I believe you only live this life once, so you may as well live by the 'screw it' attitude and do the things that make you happy, and for me, that is travelling.

10. Having an Adventure.

This ties in closely with enjoying yourself and having a good time. I'm naturally a very adventurous girl, I'm up for literally anything and everything. Travel lets me be adventurous and try new things and take risks, and I love that. "My parents taught me honesty, truth, compassion, kindness and how to care for people. Also, they encouraged me to take risks, to boldly go. They taught me that the greatest danger in life is not taking the adventure." - Brian Blessed