Defining the Art of Traveling

How do you define Traveling?

No, I am not talking about taking more than the allowed number of steps while holding a basketball with out dribbling it. I’m talking about the art of traveling as defined in many dictionaries as “going from one place to another.” Is it just me or does that make it sound boring? Traveling is so much more than just that!

For me, traveling can represent an experience or adventure, an emotion, education, a thrill and a feeling in the pit of my stomach.

I first started to wonder what it meant when I asked people if they Like Traveling? Many of people gave the response that they hate traveling and based their entire trip on a single bad experience. I was completely blown away! How can anyone hate traveling? This is where I begin to question the definition. Do they hate traveling or do they actually hate the method of transportation used from “going to one place or another?”

Traveling should mean much more than a temporary form of transportation

If so, that is only a small fraction of what I believe to be the real definition of traveling. I myself love the journey it takes for me to reach a certain destination, whether it’s the roller coaster experience of flying, a scenic car-ride, train expedition, or the nautical passage of a boat adventure. There should be a way to define the entirety of traveling…. It should represent the Adventure from beginning to end which includes the anticipation and excitement of booking the trip to the final days leading you back home. 

Traveling teaches lessons not taught in school.

Alright, yes we can learn facts from a history book in a cold, hard desk with wads of gum plastered underneath it. But the very roots of the definition of traveling should be to Learn. What is experiencing something new if people can’t learn from it and store it in their subconscious? Travelers develop senses of what they like and what they don’t like when wandering around new places. Facts now come alive when seeing the countries in person instead of reading about them in those dull history books. Emotions run high when seeing a historic tragedy up close and personal and all these understandings stay with us and leave a lasting impression. Most Travelers are taught to be better people, to be more respectful and to cherish how lucky they are when faced with poverty in other countries. People who travel are constant students learning from life’s magical wonders, and develop a certain euphoric high that lingers until their next excursion.

Finally, Travelling needs to be defined as Addictive!

Once someone starts to explore and see new things, a wanderlust monster is created urging and pushing them towards a very strong or irresistible impulse to travel. My Name Is Katie, this is my first blog post, and I am proud to call myself a Canadian Traveling Addict!

What Do You Define Travelling As?
I would love to hear different responses and opinions.

Thank you very much for reading.

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