Why do you Travel?

Written by Hank Martin in Personal Development

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I do not mind mornings, but I hate early mornings. Without exception, over the past five years, the only two reasons that I wake up before the sun are to go fishing or to watch the sunrise.

I've seen the sun rise in many places and each time it's different and unique. It's like seeing a friend again after many years, you can still recognize the face and personality but it has changed slightly.

"Whoever created the world went to a lot of trouble, and it would be downright rude not to see as much of it as possible."Edward Readicker-Henderson

The one place, however; I never watch the sunrise is when I'm at home. I'm too comfortable there. In fact, I think I've seen the sun lighten the world everywhere but from home. It's funny how something so commonplace is only appreciated when I travel. In fact, I have discovered that experiencing what I normally take for granted is one of the reasons I travel. Travel gets my head on straight.

I've always been fascinated with why people travel. We've explored travel as a restorative act, famous people who have traveled and even the art of travel. What drives us to endure the ache of exhaustion, the discomfort of the foreign, travel delays and bumps in the road? I asked this question to some professional travel writers and photographers, TED speakers, published authors, explorers and individuals who have made a life of traveling. Here's what they told me.

Why do you Travel?

We all have our own reasons for traveling. But, it turns out many of us are searching for the same human desires. (More information about contributors at the end of this article)

I love meeting new people and seeing new places- Steve Davey

For the exhilaration of being on the road and exploring new life and people around every corner.- Laurie Gough

Seeking adventure, from the smallest thing such as trying to navigate to something as extreme as running with the bulls in Spain.- Joel Z.

To meet people, experience traditions, taste food, discover landscapes that are different from me and what I am usually surrounded by.- Judith Fein

To discover new things about the world, new things about my self, and to find familiar smiles on new faces.- Luke Armstrong

To get immersed in a different culture, such as eating at restaurants that are packed with locals and few tourists.- Kyle B.


Steve Davey, travel photographer and writer, who runs travel photography tours all over the world!

Laurie Gough is an author, award winning freelance writer, praised by Time as "one of the new generation of intrepid female travel writers" and founder of the travel writing life

Edward Readicker-Henderson has reported from over 70 countries, is an author and award winning travel writer and TEDxMaui speaker

Judith Fein is a travel journalist, speaker, author, and TED speaker.

Luke Armstrong is an intrepid traveler, author and managing editor

Chris Epting is an author, tv host and writer

Susan Griffith is a freelance editor and writer, author and guidebook writer

James Dorsey is an award winning author, photographer, fellow of the Explorers Club and former director of the Adventurers Club

About the Author

Hank Martin

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Traveling for a world education and writing about the life lessons learned.

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