To have time
When we ask someone how they are, how often do we hear “It’s a bit of a race right now!”? We live permanently at one hundred per hour. We go on, transport, work, shopping, cleaning, outings, holidays, without really taking time for ourselves. When we make a long trip, the relationship to time and totally different. There are no more constraints. You can take the time to do a two-week trek if you want to, admire a sunset or do nothing, simply.
To be free
When traveling, we do not have to answer to anyone: no leader to ask us where is our project. There is almost no time constraint and nothing attaches us to a place. Every day everything is possible. This freedom of the traveler is deeply felt. It’s an exhilarating sensation that usually appears after a few months, when you realize that this trip is more than just a vacation.
We are free to change plans as we want, maybe even zap a program country. We no longer have the social pressure that encourages us to behave as people expect it. One is free to be oneself, simply.
How many hours do we spend in front of a screen for a day? Computer, tablet, smartphone, we constantly have our eyes riveted on it. We need our regular dose of notifications: email, Facebook, Snapchat … Travel is a great way to leave our cyber-life a little to discover that the real world is not bad either.
To discover other ways of living
Traveling around the world, we meet people from very different cultures who share with us their conception of the world, their values, their spirituality and their way of life. Doing couchsurfing or woofing allows you to get a better idea of the daily life of people from the countries you visit. It’s an unparalleled personal enrichment. It inevitably gains greater openness and a better understanding of the world and its operation. The meetings challenge our own models.
To meet other travelers
In our day-to-day life, we tend to rub shoulders with people who are ultimately very similar to us. Traveling allows you to get out of your social context. It is much easier to go to others when we know that we will probably never see them again. A world tour is therefore conducive to meetings, sometimes even in love.
To see beautiful places
A life is not enough to see all the places in the world that one dreams of visiting just by taking a vacation. Go around the world is to see the wonders of nature and those built by man. We feel the place using its five senses. They are discovered in their cultural and geographical context. You can see what is outside the postcard. It is often believed to have already seen everything through the prism of screens, but many incredible wonders are still unknown, completely ignored by the media. The pleasure of surprise is still possible. It’s exhilarating to play the explorer and even, why not, to follow in the footsteps of true adventurers.