Why Do We Travel?

While you watch the clock tick down for your next vacation, have you ever thought about why we love traveling? After all, not all traveling is the same. Many people enjoy the same destination but have vastly different experiences.

Let's explore some of the most popular reasons for traveling. You might be inspired to experiment with something new on your next trip!

Adventure Travel

Adventure travel is about feeling a sense of adrenaline. It’s an excitement and wonder every day you wake up on vacation. You might not know what to expect based on the day's itinerary, but you can be sure it will be one of the most memorable moments in your life.

Whether you want to trek through the rain forests of South America or climb to the summits of the Himalayas, adventure travel is something for everyone - if you're daring enough.

Adventure travelers love to be on-the-go during their vacation. They often plan trips around breath-taking moments they may only experience once in a lifetime.

Hiking the Himalayas
Hiking the Himalayas

Cultural Travel

Some of the best trips you can take are those that immerse you in a new culture. Cultural travel is a way to step entirely outside of your comfort zone and experience life in a whole new way.

Pick your favorite destination and plan a vacation around trying the local dishes, visiting the top museums, or even taking a class to learn some handicrafts.

Cultural travel lets you connect with the locals and get an authentic sense of where you are. It's not every day that you can experience the traditional tea ceremonies in China, attend the Día de Los Muertos festival in Mexico or wear a Kimono while walking through the streets of Kyoto.

Maiko geishas walking on a street of Gion, Kyoto
Maiko geishas walking on a street of Gion, Kyoto

Purposeful Travel

Travel doesn't always have to be about pleasing yourself and your travel wishes - you can also have a fulfilling trip by making someone (or something) else happy. This is the reason behind purposeful trips.

Purposeful Travel comes in many forms, whether it's volunteering, eco-travel, homestay, mission trips, work exchange, etc.

There are plenty of ways you can connect with a community and make a positive impact. Purposeful travel is about leaving the places and people you visited better off than when you arrived.

Elephant Sanctuary in Thailand
Elephant Sanctuary in Thailand

Leisure Travel

The real world can be a busy place. It’s tough juggling work, school, home responsibilities, adulting, and squeeze in a bit of play during the weekends. We all can use a break from everyday life, and leisure travel is the perfect way to do it!

Leisure travel means disconnecting from our lives and tuning out and going with the flow. Take as much time as you need to relax on the scenic beaches of the Maldives or people-watch in urban parks in Paris with views of the Eiffel Tower in the background.

On a leisure vacation, this time is yours. You're free to spend it exactly how you want.

Woman having fun in Paris
Woman having fun in Paris

Work or Study Travel

Travel isn't always just about having fun; some people find themselves flying halfway around the world in study abroad programs or to meet with potential clients.

Traveling for work and study is a great way to get out of the office and classroom and see the world.

While you may have predetermined obligations during these types of trips, you can still look forward to the time spent in a new city or country.

Family/Friends Travel

Spending holiday time with family and friends is a perfect way to solidify relationships with those who mean the most to you. You'll create everlasting memories together that pop up every year on your social media feed to remind you of the special time you all shared.

There are just as many types of travel as there are destinations in the world. Every place gives you something new to take back with you, whether souvenirs or experiences and memories.

Everyone is different, and there are suitable trips for us all to make us excited for our next destination.

Family Vacation
Family Vacation

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