Top 10 Reasons We Love to Travel

Written By: The Planet D

Earlier we wrote about The Top 10 things we Hate about Travel. You didn’t think that we would just leave you with that negative post, did you?  So now its time to share why we love to travel. Why do people love to travel anyway? Well, let me count the ways…10 to be exact.

We love to travel and believe me, we love more things about travel than we hate.  Otherwise, we wouldn’t be doing it. The problem with writing why we enjoy traveling was narrowing it down to only 10 things.

Why We Love to Travel

We love to travel so much that we could have written 100 things that we love about it.  (Hey, now that would make a great post) But we don’t want to bore you to death. So here are the top 10 reasons we love to travel.

1. Adventure

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We love being active.

Dave and I love adventure in our lives and to find adventure is the number one reason why we love to travel.  Even when we are at home we love to go rock climbing, snowboarding, cycling…anything.

We can’t sit still and when we travel, we love finding new adventures to try. There are many different adventures in different countries that we can’t necessarily do in Canada. And that is why we love to travel, to seek out adventure.

From bungee jumping in Victoria Falls to camping in the White Desert of Egypt or going on a big game safari in Africa. We can’t do these in Canada, and travel gives us the chance to try different adventures that we wouldn’t otherwise get to do.

What do we love most about travel? Finding our next great adventure. One of our favourite adventure destinations in New Zealand: Read about The Best Things to do in New Zealand

2. Travel Makes us Better People

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We love trying new foods!

One of the main reasons we love to travel is that travel really does make us better people. Travel is the best education and we always learn something new when we travel. It opens our minds and our hearts. When we travel, we understand different perspectives.

Travel encourages tolerance, patience, and understanding. We believe that every time we travel, we come back as better people. Because we have been exposed to new cultures, different ways of living and different ways of seeing things, we too learn to look at life differently.

3. Meeting New People

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Meeting new people is one of the best parts

We are a very social couple and we love to chat with people and we love to travel to meet new people and make new friends.

We have made some great friends traveling and some of our fondest memories of travel have been moments with the people that we met. Most people that we meet traveling are very interesting and fun. 

We just love meeting and making new friends in our travels and always look forward to seeing them again. Surprisingly, we do end up seeing a lot of people again. When you’ve been traveling for more than 20 years, you end up bumping into old friends in different cities.

4. We love to travel to be Together

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We love being together

Dave and I are one of those strange couples that just love being together all the time. We run a business together, we share similar hobbies and we love doing activities together. We love travel because it lets us be together.

We just love rock climbing together, relaxing on the beach together, and we even love suffering together.

To be able to share our experiences from travel (the highs and the lows) with each other is the greatest gift. We are lucky to be able to look at an awe-inspiring sunset together, or to just sit on a beach beside each other while we read a book. I know it sounds corny, but that is us. We love being together and travel has allowed us to do that.

5. We Love Documenting our Travels

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Dave taking photos

Before we started our travel blog, I always said to Dave, I love traveling, but I would really love to have a purpose to my travels. We have always loved to travel but now that we blog about it, it has now added a purpose to our travels.

When we are hiking or biking, surfing or sailing we are always thinking about how to write about it, what photos to include, or how to film it. We love to share our travel tips with whoever is willing to listen.

We love documenting our travels, just as much as we love to travel.

6. Pushing Ourselves to Our Limits

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Pushing the limits

We love travel because we are more motivated to push ourselves to the limit. When we are at home we tend to become a little bit lazy but when we travel we just love to see how far we can push ourselves. 

When we accomplish something extraordinary it is the most fulfilling thing on the planet. From cycling 12,000 km to Africa, trekking up to Everest Base Camp, or summiting Mount Kilimanjaro we just love the feeling of suffering for a great payoff.

When we travel, we seem to push ourselves farther than we ever do while we are at home. I don’t know what it is about going to another country, but we are up for anything when we travel. When we are home, we tend to spend more time watching the adventure on TV. When we are traveling, we are out living the adventure.

7. I Love Travel to Witness Awe-Inspiring Sites

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Seeing beautiful sites

Sometimes the beauty of travel moves me to tears.  Some of the things that we have witnessed have been overwhelming. When standing at the top of a mountain, overlooking a world heritage site, or witnessing an incredible sunset we cannot believe that we are there.

Travel has allowed us to witness some of the greatest sites on earth. It has allowed us to be touched to the core and feel completely connected to the planet. What more is there to love about travel than to feel overwhelming love and joy.

8. We Love Exploring History

History is amazing

When we travel, we absorb the history of a place and have a better understanding of it what we learned in school. We are always amazed when we are standing on a site that we have learned about in school or read about in books and suddenly it all becomes clear.

When we are exploring thousand-year-old ruins or walking through buildings where a great historical event took place, we cannot believe that we are there. 

We love to travel to bring history to life. We have learned more about the history of the world through our travels than we ever did in school. There is something special and meaningful about a place and its history when you are actually there.

It makes us want to learn more about its story. We love finding the story of a place and travel allow us to do that.

9. We love Travel to Relax in Hotel Rooms

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There’s nothing like staying in a hotel

Ok, some guesthouses can be a little rough, but we just love luxury hotel rooms. When we step into a new hotel room, we are giddy with excitement. We love the fresh duvets, the movie channels, pillow menus, and the room service. 

When we get to a hotel, we check out all the drawers, the mini-fridge, and the bathroom. We just love to see what goodies they provide and what services they offer.

We then head out to explore the building and take advantage of whatever amenities they have. Is there a spa, a swimming pool, a sauna, or a lounge? We love hotels and when we find a nice one, we hate to leave it. I think that to love travel, you need to love being in a new place a lot.

10. We Love The Unknown in Travel

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We actually love to fly

When you do the same thing each day at home, life can get a little repetitive. What we love about travel is that it keeps life spontaneous. We are willing to try new things and go with the flow more when we are traveling.

Travel turns people into adventurers. Whether it is hearing about a beautiful waterfall from new friends and going with them to explore, to trying new foods, travel is exciting. You never know what you are going to do next.

So there you have it, we have managed to narrow what we love about travel down to a mere 10 points.

What do you love most about traveling? What we love about travel is that is different for everyone. So tell us in the comments… I love to travel because?

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About The Planet D

Dave Bouskill and Debra Corbeil are the owners and founders of The Planet D. After traveling to 115 countries, on all 7 continents over the past 13 years they have become one of the foremost experts in travel. Being recognized as top travel bloggers and influencers by the likes of Forbes Magazine, the Society of American Travel Writers and USA Today has allowed them to become leaders in their field.

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37 thoughts on “Top 10 Reasons We Love to Travel”

  1. …I am so adventurous person and I am totally in love with to travel around the world. OK I love to travel coz it is super uber-cool and is exerting a dreadful fascination over me….

  2. Check out things we desire, people we love and places we dream about. … The Top 10 Sky Bars From the inception of civilization, man has always aspired to ..

  3. Top 10 Things We Miss About Home. July 7, 2010 in Home Life by …. ok, so the next post has to be about the 10 best things about long-term traveling… We love meeting locals – it’s really the best way to experience

  4. Top 10 things we miss while backpacking in Latin America. Just a part of the process for those of us who love to travel, I think

  5. Check out things we desire, people we love and places we dream about. … The Top 10 Sky Bars From the inception of civilization, man has always aspired to ..

  6. Thanks for sharing you guys. You are soo cool. i learnt a lot from you. keep sharing. thanks a lot.
    .-= Smile Travel Insurance´s last blog ..Economical Way Travel Last Minute Advantage Absolute Best Deals =-.

  7. I love the actual routine of being somewhere different.Going out to dinner, going our for drinks.There’s no option but to go out,love it

  8. awesome..adventure and meeting new people and Writing/Photographing the Travels are the most i love the travel

  9. it’s more easy to love traveling than hate, hence I prefer the hate list I found it more hilarious.
    great points on this one too, there would be much more to be added.
    .-= marta´s last blog ..Playing tourists in New York =-.

  10. Great list!! Food, for my wife and I, is probably tops. We just love food and eating out and trying new things and just really observing how other cultures prepare and eat their food. There’s nothing like street food and market food. That’s why Bangkok is one of my favorite cities. The food choices are endless, from kabobs for 10Bhat to the street cart, 30Bhat Pad Thai lady to upscale, fancy restaurants to everything in between. LOVE IT!!

    • I agree Adam, Bangkok has some of the best eats! Thai food is by far my favorite food on the planet. I never get tired of it.

  11. Can’t argue with most of these, it’s hard not to love travel 🙂
    .-= Anil´s last blog ..How To Bargain Like A Ferengi And Get A Good Deal Anywhere On Earth =-.

  12. Wow Deb, I’m touched by this article! Some of the numbers are totally how I feel. I can relate your traveling with mine, I can feel what you wrote. Thanks to write this!
    .-= Dina VagabondQuest´s last blog ..New Zealand’s Hidden Valley: Orakei Korako, the land of colorful silica terraces and geysers =-.

  13. Eating out, or eating weird foods, and seeing awe inspiring sites are also two of the most inspiring pushers for me! Great list!
    .-= Migration Mark´s last blog ..How To Eat Freakishly Weird Foods =-.

  14. Ah eating out, hands down it has to be my favourite thing. lol. Whenever I’m stuck in non-travel mode I always chince out on going out for dinner often, always trying to save that few extra dollars for my next travel kick. So as soon as I set foot on fresh soil, the first thing I do is spend some money on food.

    • That is exactly like us Corbin. We try to eat in as much as possible when we are at home, so it is a wonderful luxury to eat out when we are travelling.

  15. Yeah, there are positives and negatives to each situation.

    The best part about travel is meeting lots of different types of people and experiencing the different cultures, a least for myself.
    .-= Shawn´s last blog ..The One Year Mark Nesting in Bulgaria. =-.

  16. I’ll tell you what I love – your enthusiasm, energy, and open attitude about all aspects of traveling, exploring, and meeting people. That is what makes you both such great ambassadors – for your country and for travelers in general.

    When people of other cultures encounter a traveler who is very different from them, but who can win them over with a great attitude and show them how much you actually have in common, it goes a long way toward healing some of the negativity that exists in the world.

    Very cool post! And I will also look forward to your “100 things” post 🙂
    .-= Trisha Miller´s last blog ..Write as if Your Life Depends On It =-.

  17. Nice article! Sure I agree with all of them!! 😀 hehe

    But i really like cooking in Hostel. eating out is fun and exciting but cooking in hostel with other backpackers are pretty fun.
    and it’s good chance to explore local market and big supermarket too!

    Nice 10 reasons! I’m sure there’s many more!! 😀


    • Hi Juno, That is a great point to love about travel. We never stay in hostels, but I think that I would love to cook with other travelers. As I said, we are very social and cooking together is as social as it gets! We are going to Europe this summer, maybe we will stay in hostels there and give it a try.

  18. Love the way you started with writing a post yesterday on `why you hate to travel` and today do the opposite and write all those great reasons to `love travel`. I, for one, can relate to many of them 😉
    .-= IsabellesTravel´s last blog ..Favorite Blogger of the week =-.

    • Thanks Isabelle. It is always good to counter the bad with the good. I would have posted What we love first, but it took me longer to narrow it down to only 10 things.

    • Okay then. I am going to start compiling the list. It is so much fun. Today I am contemplating life and I just love sitting at the computer writing and chatting with fellow travelers as much as I love traveling. We are so lucky to be able to live this life:-)