If I had to give one explanation for why so many people travel the world, it’d be this:
Because travelling is fun!
Sure, it’s life-changing, adventurous, and exciting too.
But I honestly think the endless fun involved is one of the greatest incentives to pack a suitcase and hit the road.
Now, that might sound like a big statement. Yet hear me out!
Want to find out what exactly makes travelling fun?
Check out these 10 key reasons why travel is fun (and why I think you’ll love it so much as a result)!
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10 Key Reasons Why Travelling Is Fun!
There’s no shortage of travelling fun to be had when you take the plunge and start globe-trotting. Here’s why…
1. It’s Different
For me, one of the biggest reasons travelling is fun is because it’s lightyears away from the norm.
You bid farewell to the typical routines.
Heck, you bid farewell to routines, period.
You spend your days however you want to instead.
You might fill the day from beginning to end with sightseeing. Or you may sit and read a book all day at the hostel, or beside the ocean.
It isn’t just your routine that’s different either.
Aside from the fact that you’re still you, basically everything is!
You’re immersed in new cultures; surrounded by new sights and smells. You’re eating new foods, experiencing a new climate, and, sometimes, unable to communicate in your usual language.
All this change can feel daunting, but it’s also fun.
After all, variety’s the spice of life, right?
2. It’s Difficult
Simple and easy things aren’t always fun (…or worthwhile) things.
In reality, I reckon people come alive when they face (and overcome) a challenge.
It’s like veterans of world wars who say they’d never felt more alive than in combat; that civilian life after the war never seemed so vibrant or lustrous.
With that in mind, I don’t think it’s too much of a stretch to say there’s a level of fun to be found in hardship (assuming it isn’t too extreme).
At the very least, it’s more meaningful. You gain a sense of purpose and pride from handling it.
Why is this relevant?
Because, for all the excitement to be had, travelling can be tough.
It’s exhausting! It makes you homesick and lonely. You often feel physically, mentally, and emotionally strained.
And you always come through it.
And you realize what you’re capable of.
And you feel empowered.
And it all feeds into the overwhelming sense of travelling fun.
3. …But Not That Difficult
You may not have expected talk of tiredness, loneliness, and emotional strain to feature in a post about why travelling is fun!
But don’t let it put you off.
It’s true (as is the positive side of the tough stuff I mentioned).
But it’s not that bad.
For one thing, you’ll be able to manage whatever comes up. For another, the good side of travel outweighs the bad countless times over.
And lastly, you get just enough “bad” to make the “good” feel even sweeter.
I mean, you don’t get a reward without putting up with some suckiness first, right?
At school, it’s the A-grades you get after countless hours spent revising.
At work, it’s the promotion you get after countless late nights in the office.
At the gym, it’s the strength gains you get after countless sets and reps.
And on the road, it’s the self-discovery, respect, and confidence you get from overcoming adversity and fending for yourself on the other side of the world!
In other words, you get more out of the experience, and have more fun, precisely because you put up with a little bit of bad stuff along the way.
4. You Meet Awesome People
Whether you go travelling by yourself or in a group, you’ll always, always meet cool people.
You don’t even have to be looking for new travel friends!
They’re simply never far away.
Couchsurfing hosts, hostel guests, and chance encounters on public transport are a few common places these people appear.
And, in my experience, they have a profound impact on both you and your trip.
Not only are these guys and gals from all over the world, they also come from different backgrounds, packing fresh perspectives, lifestyles, and viewpoints to boot.
You explore with them, learn from them, and change because of them.
Furthermore, you have someone by your side with which to experience your trip.
Likewise, in the excitement and high emotion of travel, it doesn’t take long to become firm friends. Whether you spend a day, a week, or a year with each other for company, you make memories together.
Meeting and getting to know these people is fun in and of itself.
Yet your new travel friends help you have fun along the way too.
5. You Do Awesome Things
Most travelling fun comes from the exciting activities with which you fill your days.
You might be renting a motorbike to visit a distant attraction.
You could be doing a walking tour of a new city.
You might be hiking up mountains and swimming in waterfalls.
You could be hitchhiking from one place to the next.
Or you may simply be spending the day relaxing on the beach with a beer or two!
Whatever you do, activities on your travels tend to be new and fun-filled.
You’re spending your time in novel ways and seeing things you’d usually only watch on a screen (more on this next).
It’s tiring, for sure.
But you can’t help but have fun while you’re at it!
6. You See Awesome Stuff
Ancient wonders of the world.
Temples perched on mountaintops.
Remote islands, tropical beaches and turquoise waters.
Exotic fauna and flora.
Colourful hot-air balloons floating above desert sands.
Glacial lakes and gushing waterfalls.
Breathtakingly beautiful landscapes.
…Honestly, the list of awesome stuff you see when you travel goes on and on and on. And, in my opinion, it’s a key reason travelling is fun!
You just never know what picturesque, historic, or unique things or phenomena are going to hit your retinas next.
7. You Enjoy Total Freedom
If ever there were two words in the English language to get me all excited it’d be those ones:
There are no dull desk jobs or claustrophobic cubicles on the road.
No lecture theatres.
No tests or exams.
You’re free to explore! You can do what you want, when you want, how you want.
You become your own boss; in charge of your time from dawn until dusk for as long as the trip continues.
That makes a refreshing change from the usual obligations and responsibilities!
It’s a liberating feeling. It’s an exciting feeling. It’s an intoxicating feeling.
And, yes, it’s a fun feeling too.
8. You Learn About Yourself
I reckon travelling is important as much as it’s fun.
Why? Because it’s a recipe for learning more about who you are, who you want to be, and what you want from life!
You’re out of your comfort zone.
You encounter countless challenges and have to rely on your own resourcefulness to overcome them.
You meet people from different backgrounds, discover new ways of life, and step outside your bubble.
All of these things and more lend themselves to self-discovery.
…And what could be more fun than that?!
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9. You Make Amazing Memories
Want to have cool tales to tell your friends, colleagues, and future grandkids?
Want to have a brain full of incredible recollections to look back on when you’re old, wrinkly, and grey?
Thanks to everything I’ve discussed so far in this post about why travel is fun, it’s the best way I know to make memories.
I mean, everything’s different, vibrant, and intense.
It’s a shock to the senses, emotive, and out of the ordinary.
All told, it’s all-but-impossible to return home without a boatload of new stories to tell.
10. It’s In Our Bones!
Long before we were settled and stationary, people were roving, roaming, and rambling their way around the world!
We were hunters and gatherers.
We spent our days exploring, moving, and meandering. We walked, shuffled, and ran from one place to the next. Why?
In other words, travelling’s in our blood.
We’ve been doing it forever and a day and, as a result, I think the impulse to explore lives on in each of us.
Ultimately, that’s why travelling is fun.
…Because we were born to do it.
Time to Have Some Travelling Fun!
There are all sorts of reasons people go travelling nowadays.
To take a break. To find yourself. To get through a tricky time.
…Because you can.
Each and every one of these motives to travel are viable, valid, and, ultimately, commonplace! But I reckon they all boil down to one central explanation:
As much as anything else, travelling is fun! It’s life-giving and mood-lifting! It makes you feel, laugh, cry, and live.
If you’ve been wondering why that’s the case, then I hope this post has helped!
Got any questions or thoughts on the topic of travelling fun?
Drop a comment below to let me know!