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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)
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.
To redefine reality- Chris Epting
To see something different, from the architecture to the landscape- Joel Z.
To remind yourself that the kindness of strangers can be found wherever you go.- Susan Griffith
To escape the everyday- Jason C.
To escape the Canadian winter.- Laurie Gough
To escape reality- Chris Epting
The World is only as small as you make it.- Kyle B.
To participate, in some small way, in peaceful co-existence on this blue marble of a planet. If you meet people and connect to them, you are unlikely to want to bomb them.- Judith Fein
I travel for experiences, new foods and perspective- Andrew O.
Broaden horizons- Joel Z.
To learn, to experience, to meet different people- James Dorsey
To appreciate other's differences.- Kyle B.
Steve Davey, travel photographer and writer, who runs travel photography tours all over the world!
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