It’s the age-old question, and one even the most hardy traveller would be pushed to answer honestly. Why do we travel? Where does that inescapable urge to jump on a plane actually come from? Why are we so obsessed with finding new places, even when we’re content with where we live, our jobs, and our day to day lives?
We’ve been doing some research of our own, and we think that we may have found some answers from our customers - although we’d love to find out more. If you want to tell us why you travel, get in touch with us via our Facebook page; we’re always interested in what you lot have to say about your trips abroad.
“I am a teacher, and travelling helps to add depth to my lessons, and also to my own depth of knowledge.” Marg, ACT
“I am an artist, so travel to view art is a motivation.” Vicky, NSW
“Usually all of our international travel is to meet up with our daughter’s family in the USA and we do a lot of sightseeing there.” Ken
“Because I have Italian heritage, I always have a desire to return to Italy - any region will do!” Annette, VIC
“I love history, so I find Europe and the UK fascinating as there are so many places and buildings steeped in history. I love visiting old churches and cathedrals and being totally awestruck by the architecture, and previous generations’ talent in constructing in a time before cranes and technology.” Ross-Lyn, QLD
“My friends are well-travelled, so I listen to them, but books and magazines can also inspire me to visit new places - Dan Brown's books have certainly been an influence.” Angela, WA
But what are the other reasons that we travel?
- Religion - or some kind of religious substitute
In today’s society, there’s a lack of ritual - and travel helps us reconnect with this side of ourselves. Every part of the journey offers comfort, from the plane trip where we all pay attention to the safety briefing and go through turbulence together, to the backpacking rituals of seeing the wonders of the world, discussing them with other travellers, and returning home ‘transformed’. Travel offers us a sense of ‘belonging’, and the chance to share experiences, which just doesn’t happen in the office that much.
- Having an adventure
Even if your commute involves hair-pulling, name-calling and you’re the boss of your own company, we bet it can’t compare to exploring the jungles of Belize. Modern life is great (according to Blur, it’s also rubbish, but we digress) but it won’t offer you many opportunities for a proper, hands-on adventure.
- A chance for change
Travel lets us get away from the things we know, and the things we love - and that’s perfectly healthy. Eating strange foods, meeting different people and pushing yourself out of your comfort zone are all necessary if you want to appreciate everything you have - or make some changes when you get home. Change gives travellers perspective - a step back to let themselves properly evaluate situations.
- We can consume to our hearts’ content and adopt a lifestyle we love
We may claim to be anti-materialist, but let’s be honest - we all enjoy a good spending spree. And what better way of parting with our hard-earned cash than travel? Holidays are consumer heaven, as add-ons and trips allow us to tailor-make our holiday. From scuba diving to day trips, we cherry pick from local cultures what we want to experience - and we’re only limited by the amount of money we have. We buy these experiences for the same reason we buy physical goods - to feel better about ourselves, and to buy into a lifestyle we identify with. Sound familiar to any of you? Yeah, we’re nodding our heads, too...