Why I Enjoy Traveling

Michelle Lynn Cangelosi

June 2, 2023


I love to travel and so do many other people. There are a variety of reasons to travel, and I cover some of the most common ones below.

Cultural Discovery

Traveling allows us to explore new destinations, cultures, and environments. It offers the opportunity to discover different landscapes, historical sites, museums, local traditions, and cuisine, which can be both educational and eye-opening.


Adventure and Thrill

Traveling often involves embarking on exciting adventures and trying new activities. Whether it’s hiking in the mountains, scuba diving in tropical waters, or participating in adrenaline-pumping experiences, the thrill of exploring the unknown can be exhilarating. You are likely to meet people along the way, which is an additional bonus!


Traveling gives us a break from daily routines and responsibilities, offering a chance to unwind and recharge. Being in a different environment, away from familiar surroundings, can help reduce stress and promote relaxation. You may also come back to work with new ideas.

Personal Growth and Learning

Traveling exposes individuals to diverse perspectives, lifestyles, and ways of thinking. It fosters personal growth by encouraging openness, adaptability, and tolerance. Experiencing different cultures and interacting with people from various backgrounds can broaden our understanding of the world. I for one, can’t grasp it all in a book or article, I like to immerse myself as this gives me more understanding and awareness.

Connection and Relationships

Traveling often involves meeting new people, forging connections, and forming friendships. Interacting with locals and fellow travelers can lead to meaningful and lasting relationships, fostering a sense of community and shared experiences. I have met many people on some of my volunteer travel experiences and many I stay in touch with years later!

Self-Reflection and Perspective

Traveling can provide a valuable opportunity for self-reflection and gaining a fresh perspective on life. Stepping outside of one’s comfort zone and immersing oneself in different cultures and environments can lead to personal insights, self-discovery, and a deeper understanding of oneself. I suggest keeping a travel journal. Some friends like to use it to chronicle what they did. I tend to write down feelings and surprises.

Appreciation of Natural Beauty

Seeing new places allows us to witness and appreciate the beauty of nature in various forms. From breathtaking landscapes and stunning sunsets to diverse flora and fauna, traveling offers opportunities to connect with the natural world and cultivate a sense of awe and appreciation. It demonstrates God’s artistry!

Culinary Experiences

Exploring new cuisines and flavors is often a highlight of my travels. Trying local dishes and indulging in culinary experiences can be a delightful way to immerse yourself in the culture of a destination and satisfy the taste buds. Though I stay away from bugs, I have tried some unusual dishes.

Escape from Routine

Traveling breaks the monotony of daily life and offers a change of scenery. It provides an escape from routine and allows individuals to embrace new experiences, challenges, and a sense of freedom. For me, the world slows a bit as I take it all in – sights, sounds, smells – all seem a bit brighter.

Creating Memories

Traveling creates lasting memories and stories that you can cherish for a lifetime. The experiences, encounters, and adventures that happen during travel often become cherished moments that I love to share and reminisce about. I also get asked a LOT about my favorite places and restaurants. But admittedly, I am not the best at documenting to share later with friends who are going to the same locale.

I think it’s important to recognize that each person may have different reasons for taking a trip. Individual preferences and interests often play a significant role in shaping the travel experience. Thinking through the reasons you may choose to travel or experience new things may be also helpful in choosing a travel partner. Let’s see if I cover that topic next time!