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What motivates people to travel?

17 February 2010
What motivates people to travel?

A great many things motivate a person to take a trip. A trip can be a carefully planned expedition or a spontaneous idea to visit a particular place. Either way, traveling has the power to bring new perspective along with a sense of rejuvenation into a person’s life.

In many cases, travel can be the answer for a person who feels that their day-to-day routine has become stale and unimaginative. Traveling allows a person to experience a change of atmosphere that often reinvigorates their thinking. Simply traveling from a rural town to a large city can change a person’s perspective and renew their spirits. With a packed suitcase, travel medical insurance, and a plane ticket, a person is well on their way to a travel adventure full of fresh sights.

Another motivation to travel is the urge to learn about a different place and its customs. For example, an American traveling to Australia for the first time has a chance to experience an entirely new environment, learn new customs, and even hear the English language spoken with an unfamiliar accent. Traveling is an effective way for a person to gain firsthand knowledge about a place and its inhabitants. Visiting another country is also beneficial to those who want to learn more about its history or view its treasures of architecture.

Travel can sometimes be helpful in renewing a person’s spirits after they have experienced a great sadness in their life or a time of trial. Traveling faraway oceans on a cruise ship, exploring unfamiliar countryside, or even staying with friends in a different city can be a healing experience for someone who has just weathered a troubled time. In many instances, when the person returns from their trip they feel rested and better equipped to deal with everyday life.

Traveling can also satisfy a person’s quest for knowledge and information about their family’s history. People who are interested in genealogy often travel to particular countries in order to visit the homeland of their distant ancestors. In fact, some people have an intense interest in seeing the actual cities and towns where their ancestors once lived. A person traveling to the country of their ancestors may even find significant birth or marriage records as well as photographs there. For some people, traveling to a faraway country to walk on a piece of land once owned by great, great grandparents is a memorable and inspiring experience. A trip can help a person to discover more about their family’s past.

Though a trip can be an exciting undertaking, there are still some practical preparations involved. For instance, no matter what the destination is of a trip, obtaining travel insurance is a prudent idea. In addition, even if the trip springs from a spontaneous notion, it’s wise to let your family and friends know where you are going. Frequently, a dose of travel may be just what a person needs to reinvigorate their life at home.

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Damian Tysdal
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Damian Tysdal is the founder of CoverTrip, and he believes travel insurance should be easier to understand. He started the first travel insurance blog in 2006.

Damian Tysdal is the founder of CoverTrip, and he believes travel insurance should be easier to understand. He started the first travel insurance blog in 2006.