Get out of that easy chair
Why do you travel? If you asked many people, you would probably receive many different answers, and even those answers may change over time. One of the many reasons that I travel is to see the new and different parts of the world. Places that I learned about early in my school days and often dreamed of visiting because in some cases I wasn’t even certain that they existed. As a child it was difficult to believe in landmarks such as the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Great Wall of China, the Parthenon in Athens and many more—and your list would probably be different from mine.
As the years go by, new locations would be added to my list to see, never thinking that it might be possible. The discovery of Angkor Wat added Cambodia to the list and the many wars that have been fought over the years highlighted other parts of the world that are so interesting. Just think of the countries in Southeast Asia that we learned about during World War II and the several we, in some parts of the world, heard about for the first time during the Vietnam conflict. Every country that I have visited had fabulous locations and sights, and while they may not be as well-known as the few listed above, it was always pleasing to see them up close.
Today, of course, with the advent of television, it is possible to see the entire world and beyond from the comforts of your easy chair, and if that is what one chooses to do, they will never know what they have missed. You can get a slight concept of what is missed by comparing the sensation of attending a sporting event especially if you are a fan, as compared to watching it from that easy chair.
All the physical wonders of the world, while exciting and often influencing the destination of our next trip, is equaled by people as the top reason to travel. While you never lose the memory and pleasure of visiting the world’s attractions, many of our best memories are of people that we have met around the world. In many cases you did not share a common language but were still able to communicate with each other. As we remember past travels, we almost always think of people that we met at some of the visited sites and how nice and friendly they were. Years later we still keep in contact with several of them; email makes it easier and sometimes we have an opportunity to visit with them once again.
So get out of that easy chair and hit the road to see some of the many attractions this world has to offer—and along the way acquire friends that you will always treasure.
Thanks to: James D., 20-time traveler from Virginia Beach, VA