Why I love travel

The view of Central Park from the top of the Rockefeller Centre, New York.

The view of Central Park from the top of the Rockefeller Centre, New York.

Have you ever thought about why you love a hobby, job, person or activity? There are many reasons why we love the things we do. I have found if there’s something that completely captures your attention, where time passes quickly without you noticing, then it’s safe to say you should be doing more of it.

In the routine of the day-to-day we often forget to reflect on what we love and want to be doing with our time. While it’s not always productive to continually look back and reflect on the past, it can offer great wisdom when you’re trying to figure out what direction to take with your career, health, relationships or any other area of your life on which you’re reflecting.

When I think back to times in my life where I have been completely present, enjoying myself and time has flown by, it’s always when I’m travelling. Whether it’s finally arriving in Shanghai six hours late and walking in monsoonal rain to the hotel, wandering the streets of Paris with no plans but to get lost in the city or having a Blair Waldorf moment sipping a $6 cappuccino on Madison Avenue, I have realised that I love travel more than anything.

I love that you can be any kind of traveller you want. Some people prefer to “wing it” when they arrive somewhere while others, including me, find great joy in time spent planning, reading and researching their next destination.

No matter what type of traveller you are, the time and effort that goes into planning and saving for travel is always worth it, not just for the incredible memories you create but for how much you can learn along the way.

Arriving in a new country, particularly if the culture is vastly different to home, is eye-opening and an incredible learning experience. You get to see how other cultures live and perhaps incorporate a small part of that back into your everyday life.

For me, learning something from every new city and adventure makes travel worth more than missed nights out and foregoing that extra pair of shoes, knowing my small actions are propelling me further toward my goal—to travel at least 50 days of the year in 2017 and build up each year from there.

My goal excites and motivates me to ensure all my decisions help me in travelling for at least 50 days this year. From simplifying and getting rid of unnecessary stuff, to learning to be a tourist in your own city while you plan your next adventure, I want share my adventures with you to inspire you on your journey towards your goals—travel related or not.

When are you completely present and time flies by? Identify what that is for you and structure your life to do more of it. It won’t happen overnight but it will be worth it. Let me know what your 2017 goals are in the comments below.