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Why We Travel

November 2, 2012

Last week I was away from Bombay on a work trip. With the impending hurricane heading up the East Coast and being away from my India home, I had a bit of homesickness set in. It was frustrating and of course made think about why I am here. On the one hand its easy, I was asked to go by my company to help out in smaller office who lost a key member of the team unexpectedly. On the other hand I knew that work aside, I was really interested in experiencing something so different from what I have known all my life. India is probably the best place to accomplish that!

It is extremely rewarding and refreshing to be in a place you have never been before, finding your way. By traveling I have learned that laughter is a universal language of sorts. It’s infectious even if you don’t understand what is being said, you understand how to react. And I have also learned that there truly is no place like home!

I found the list below about why travel is important on MindBodyGreen which I think sums it up really well. What are your thoughts on travel?

1. Provides learning and education about places and history

2. Connects us to other cultures and people

3. Slows us down: Gives us a break from our fast-paced lives

4. Expands our awareness and introduces us to greater diversity

5. Helps us break habits: mentally, physically, and emotionally

6. Gives us time to heal, reduces stress and helps us regain enthusiasm for life

7.Stokes curiosity and awakens our inner child by offering us new, “first-time” experiences

8. Promotes patience by releasing heavy expectations of the “one right way” mentality

thereby allowing life to flow more organically

9. Invites the opportunity to get lost and face one’s fears of the unknown

10. Helps you get to know yourself better: the true you is rediscovered

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Emily permalink
    November 2, 2012 9:38 am

    Love the idea of laughter being an international language!

  2. Lauren permalink
    November 2, 2012 10:30 pm

    Traveling is great and there are a lot of great tools out there to help with the adjustment of travel/living abroad. We do a lot of teaching on culture shock and reverse culture shock and I am happy to find you some tools if you want. One site: http://internationaloffice.berkeley.edu/cultural_adjustment. At the end of the day, just know that everything you are experiencing is normal! One of my favorite traveling quotes is from Marco Polo, Italian explorer who on his death bed said: “I do not tell half of what I saw because no one would have believed me.” You are seeing and experiencing such wonderful things–thank you for sharing through your blog!! x

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