They say that traveling leaves you speechless and then turns you into a storyteller. Nowadays, connecting with the world is easier than ever. I agree. Once you’ve had the opportunity to get a taste of the world, you’re hooked. You soak it all in and once you’re back at your “base”, you begin processing what you’ve experienced and tell and write the tales of the things you’ve seen, the people you’ve met. At the beginning of the journey you have received a flavor of the world, started to understand that not everything is black and white. Most importantly, you got to see the places with your own eyes, which, contrary to what you might have thought or been told, can be so very different. It leaves an impact on you. The travel bug has bitten. You’ll have itchy feet and begin to feel restless if you’re in one place for too long. The travel addiction is real. And the more you’ve seen, the more you want to be on the road – or plane, that is – jetting towards another personal, eye-opening adventure.

That Feeling Which Keeps You Moving

This feeling that kicks in when you know: It’s happening. You’re so close to going on another trip. You’ve prepared for it. Your bag is packed, you’re ready to go. What will await you? For as much planning as you can do, traveling always comes with surprises and, especially on the road to your destination, there can be many. Keep an open heart and mind, and be ready to change directions on the fly. That’s the thrill of the journey. And once you’re on location, stay flexible and let those impressions, the aura, the atmosphere, the flow of that new environment, guide you. 

Wandering re-establishes the original harmony which once existed between man and the universe – Anatole France

Addicted to travel – you keep on wandering and find yourself exploring the local treasures. Part of the ordinary for some, your thirst for diving deeper into a new culture is motivation enough to find the joy and excitement in the littlest of things. The addiction to traveling is partially nurtured by the excitement of the unknown, of the new. Once the travel bug has gotten a good grip on you, you most likely won’t be happy in one place anymore. You just know what’s out there: more. And you realize you’re not meant to stay in one place. Some people claim that there’s even a certain gene – the “travel gene” – some of us possess. That would explain the feeling of wanting to move and not seeing yourself settle. 

Rhythm – London, UK

Explore, Dream, Discover

“Explore. Dream. Discover.” – with that, Mark Twain kept it simple but oh so true. We should dream of distant places, new cultures, the many flavors of life along the way. Dreaming keeps us moving, in our minds and hearts, and eventually gets us on our feet that will carry us far. It’s a compulsive urge to wander that many of us have. There’s only one solution to it: Giving in and venturing out. 

When you travel, since all things are new, you see only the beauty in them and you feel happy to be alive – Paulo Coelho

I’m a firm believer in travel not being a form of escaping life, but, rather, a way of living. And exactly that change of scenery helps us appreciate the small moments and things, as well as see their beauty. Roaming around, connecting with the earth in a nomadic way, seeing the different lifestyles and, hence, cultures, as well as landscapes and breathtaking sceneries this planet holds, allows for us to fully immerse our own beings in at least part of what the universe provides. We might discover something new on the journey, or just see something that was already there with new eyes. As we go, we explore at our own pace. And we keep dreaming about seeing more, about being more in this world. Restlessness becomes part of us. The urge to explore is the ground we walk on. 

A Journey of Learning and (Self-)Discovery

Losing and finding ourselves are so close together when we travel. Granted, the desire to find our true, inner selves – who are we really? – is one of the reasons why many people get addicted to traveling. By seeing the world, we see ourselves anew, or, truly, just from that real, raw side that’s been hiding deep down inside because of circumstances and surroundings we used to be in. 

To travel is to take a journey into yourself – Danny Kaye

While on the journey of self-discovery, we are constantly learning. Travel is the greatest teacher; we learn lessons books simply cannot teach us. Those first-hand experiences – the trial and error on the road, at the end of the flight or destination – shape us, our thoughts, perspectives, attitudes towards people and the world at large. We learn, seek, discover. And as we open our minds and hearts towards ourselves and everyone and everything this world holds, there are doors that open, knowledge that flows, that will forever enrich our lives and allow us to form deeper connections with all that, and who, surrounds us. 

Why do you consider yourself a travel addict? How often are you going places?