We have been asked this several times, ‘Why Travel?’. To us, this question is similar to asking anyone else ‘why breathe?’
Traveling is our way of living. I am confident to say that there is a group of people that cannot thrive in one place, grow roots and flourish. This group – to whom we belong – must have inherited a nomadic gene from our ancestors.
Thousands of years ago our species survived thanks to their ability to be mobile, malleable and to travel on a daily basis. They experienced the world one day at a time, without set schedules and daily routines other than those set by biological needs.
Our modern era with all its discoveries have decreased our need to travel as means of survival. Society has conditioned us to our houses, our cars, our daily commutes, our controlled social groups. We have grown used to seeing and experiencing the world from our TVs, computers and smart phones. Modern times have transformed our traveling to a leisure activity.
This is not the case for us. We are part of a group of people that feel the need to exercise our wanderlust. We understand that the marvels of this world are best experienced first hand, on a daily basis. We happily trade-off a “perceived”safe and structured life, for the thrills of daily exploration. Yes, we do have to leave behind many of the established comforts of sedentary life.
We seldom know where we are going to sleep, what are we going to eat and whom we are going to meet. Schedules and routines are almost impossible to create or follow. We have unusual jobs, unusual houses and unusual comfort levels! All in all, we are rewarded by experiencing the world with all it’s colors, smells, sights, sounds and tastes.
To us, traveling is like breathing… we can not live without it. We can hold our travels from time to time, but like holding our breath we cannot do it for long and we are always thinking about our next breath of experience.
Now, let me ask you: How long have you been holding your breath?
It’s time to let it go.