Hi Josh, I can't remember why I started to travel, other than the tug of adventures to be had. And once you've got the travel bug - that's it! No turning back!
How you get to start travelling is still a bit of a mystery ... just set off and learn as you go! Beforehand it always seems daunting, but once you are out there you realise just how easy it is!
Go while you are young and enjoy life to the full. over 9 years ago
It's a tricky question. I've always had the thirst for travel. I travelled alot as a child with my family and as i grew older and organised my own travel, it became clear that I wanted to experience the world, and see different cultures. I didn't like the mundane boringness of staying in one place and never being out of my comfort zone. I also met most of my best friends while traveling. I would probably say all my travelling experiences have had positive impacts on my life. I even chose to get married overseas!!
My first real trip was to Europe (from Oz) for two months. We did a contiki tour and it was a fun and easy way to get into it. Over the years you become more outgoing and confident so the taste in how and where to travel changes. Our most recent holiday was camping in Africa which is very different to our first contiki tour!
I never understood why certain people never go overseas and stay in the same place all their lives, but each to their own. I just know that for me, I need the adventure and fun of travel in my life to survive. I'm only 24, and theres still so much to see and experiences to be apart of.
Good luck with your future travels. Once you get started, it's very very hard to stop. X over 9 years agoAnswered by Annie via WorldNomads.com
Principally? Boredom and a feeling that there was "more" out there. I wasn't wrong. Haven't been able to live the same way since. over 9 years agoAnswered by Will Peach via WorldNomads.com
My dad did a huge overseas trip in his twenties and growing up he'd always talk about it and it made me want to travel to. So when I finished uni I decided to pack my bags and go. I'd had it all planned for a few months and known I was going to leave for about 6 months so you have time to prepare and research.
People tell you to make sure you're okay being your own company, which is so true, otherwise take an iPod and kindle so you don't have to talk to yourself the whole time. I started off, my first trip alone and out of Asia, in Jordan which was terrifying and lonely and I knew I'd thrown myself in the deep end but I had so much fun and met awesome people and now I'm in turkey and I've been away from home for a month with another month left and I know I was right when I told people this was the one thing I'd regret if I never went. over 9 years agoAnswered by Sian via WorldNomads.com
My parents worked for the US foreign service over-seas which resulted in my getting my first passport when I was 5 months old. We lived in and traveled to many different countries over the years and the excitement of travel became not only a habit but an addiction for me. I NEED to do it!! And I love every minute of it!!!! over 9 years agoAnswered by Drew via WorldNomads.com
Great question, Josh. I first traveled in high school on a summer exchange program to France. I really caught the "bug" when I was in the 30's and traveled to Prague with my sister. It was such a beautiful and easy city to explore. that trip made me realize how easy it is to travel! Since then I have traveled to Paris and Croatia and Italy. Most recently, I traveled to Bali!
I continue to travel because this world is filled with amazing and beautiful places and I want to see them all!! On my list is Peru/Machu Picchu, Cambodia/Laos/Vietnam, Cape Town, South Africa, Yosemite National Park, San Francisco, Vancouver, BC.... over 9 years ago
Great question. My dad was in the Royal Airforce, so I started "travelling" when I was 5 months old and have not really stopped. I have lived in some amazing places, and travelled to quite a few more.
I love the whole excitement of going somewhere - the initial prep work looking at where I might go, what I might see, organising the logistics etc - and then finally getting there. I really like meeting new people and having wonderful and usually unexpected events happen - such as a recent trip to Cairo, chatting with our fab guide who then invited us back to her house to celebrate her son's birthday! Amazing.
I would love to be able to take a year out and just travel wherever I fancied, but am a little constrained by the fact that I need to work to finance my trips.
I have been lucky enough to have been to the US (numerous times and lived there too); Europe; Turkey; Australia; New Zealand; Bali; Sinagpore; Hong Kong; Africa etc etc.
I have my list of places to go - pretty much everywhere I have not been! South America is featuring high on my list, but my next trip is a 3 week road journey around England, Wales and Scotland - despite being from England, I have not really seen much of my own country so am doing a road trip.
Where is on your "must go to" list? over 9 years ago
My father did his PHD in Wales when I was 4, so he basically carried me on his shoulders around Europe and I still have vivid recollections about the places I visited. It was pretty much from there that I always knew I wanted to see more of the world.
The hardest part for me now is juggling a family, work and that continual burning desire to get out on the road. Whenever I travel for work, I always, always make time, no matter how short the stay might be to connect as locally as I can, get a sense of what it is to be part of the culture, not just stand on the outside looking in. I hope to continue to be blessed by being part of a world community, and continue my passion for travel and being a nomad.
It's in the blood now mate ! over 9 years ago
I started when I became an exchange student in year twelve. It was the best thing i have ever done and the experiene fundementally altered my life path. 20 years later i still see my host family.
I travel now to meet amazing people and be reminded that the ones with the least give the most and that material worth is not worth at all. over 9 years ago
I started because I have always had a really strong desire to volunteer abroad. I have now volunteered in both Romania and India and honestly feel that by volunteering that you really get to learn about the people and their culture. Im going on my absolute dream trip at the end of August to Kenya and Tanzania, where I will spend 3 months volunteering and I absolutely cant wait! over 9 years ago
1978- 6 weeks holiday, teenagers with a tight income but Qantas had a very cheap return airfare to Frankfurt. 3 of us took off with our good value Eurail pass and train guide and Doing Europe on $10 a day book. Slept in youth hostels and overnight trains and a few times got offered beds (and accepted) by friendly people we met along the way. The fellow travellers fell out once or twice with our young tantrums but really were good companions for new experiences.The museums, the food, the wine, the landscape all fantastic and awe-inspiring to surburban Queenslanders who had only ever been to the beach. Travelled to many places since but it is always the memory of meeting marvellous people that makes travelling special. over 9 years ago
My husband and I started traveling because life is short and we wanted the adventure. So far, though we both have experience in overseas travel, we've stayed in the US in all directions. We've been on the road for 2 years now, traveling in our Ford Escape, and we call ourselves "Happily Homeless" with no intention of settling down until we're too old to get in and out of the car on our own! Our first purchase was a Nat'l Park Pass, and we stay off the big roads and find little known and little traveled roads as often as possible (which is often!) It has been an incredible adventure for us and we enjoy it thoroughly! Life is short, have fun with it!
"Happily Homeless" myblogalwayspink.blogspot.com over 9 years agoAnswered by Alison L Miller via WorldNomads.com
My parents really value travel and were keen to expose us to cultural experiences from a young age. As soon as I had the means to go travel on my own, there was no stopping me! Not a day goes by when I don't think about an upcoming trip, or when and where my next journey will be. Thankfully, my husband shares my enthusiasm and is always happy to come along for the ride.
My advice to a young traveller is to simply go do it. You don't have to book expensive tours, just plan ahead for the conditions and go in with an open mind. I've never regretted pouring my heart and coin into visiting a new place, but I can sure imagine the regret that must come from putting it off, because it 'wasn't the right time to travel', or similar. All the best Joshua - I'm very excited for you! over 9 years ago
Ah Joshua, Like you I was a Japanese (and also Economics) major at University. I spent my first year after graduating living in Fukui-ken with a Japanese family, teaching English and trying to really get a grasp on the language and culture so I could return home to some kind of corporate job in global banking . That's what I thought I wanted.
But travel has a way of exposing you to new ideas, new people and also to yourself. I'm not really the corporate type and discovered that in Japan. When I returned back to Australia, the first thing I did was book a 3 month backpacking trip to Europe and Canada; I couldn't wait to get back out on the road. 3 months turned into 6 and my identity as a 'traveller' was cemented.
Since then I've taken chunks of time (between 4wks and 6 months) out of my jobs to continue drifting around on travels. Despite what your employers and particularly US culture will tell you, this *does not* set back your career. Having space and time to think about your work and priorities tends to help you focus on what really matters. And also to have the confidence to change direction when you need to. Now I work at WorldNomads and my travel experience is actually a job requirement... who'd have thought that such things were possible when I was only 19 :-D
Keep dreaming! And - here's the tip - put a date in your diary when you'll go - somewhere, anywhere. Even if you don't know how to afford it, take time off etc etc. It's amazing how all these barriers disappear once you focus on that big red circle in the diary. almost 9 years ago
I challenge myself constantly stepping out of my comfort zone. For me traveling is more than just seeing countless tourist attractions. It is an opportunity to immerse in culture, learn foreign languages and absorb information around me. It is important for my personal growth and development. Read more: http://dromoman.com/en/about almost 5 years agoAnswered by DromoWoMan via WorldNomads.com