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    Is traveling essential?

    Do you think that people are meant to travel? I recently met the first person I know of who "doesn't like to travel". He says he's fine staying in one place; now I can understand finding a place that resonates as home to you, that you decide to live in long-term, but not having any desire to see anyone else seems strange to me.

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    Re: Is traveling essential?

    Do I think it's essential to life? No, it isn't. Do I think it makes life more interesting? Yes, I do.

    There is something to be said about having a stable place to hang your hat. I get that, but it's nice to experience different areas with different cultures. You can often do this without even leaving your own state or country. I guess some people just don't have much a wanderlust at all? It seems a little foreign to me too.

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    I believe traveling is really important, it was thanks to that I managed to meet a lot wonderful people and a lot oportunities presented themselves because I was outside my own country. So traveling can serve a lot purposes, but isn't essential... You can live a pretty decent and nice life even if you don't travel. By the way... I do think was intended to travel, A LOT actually. That's how humanity started... we are wanderers by nature!
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    I am a bit of a homebody, and I would not want to live out of a suitcase. I do love "controlled travel" like a road trip and having some comforts with me in and SUV, Van or RV (car is okay but if its a long trip, prefer more creature comforts). I think most humans have a curiousity about other people and lands, but also a built in homing device. That is whatever we decide to call home.

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    Re: Is traveling essential?

    Quote Originally Posted by MizzDeeDee View Post
    Do I think it's essential to life? No, it isn't. Do I think it makes life more interesting? Yes, I do.

    There is something to be said about having a stable place to hang your hat. I get that, but it's nice to experience different areas with different cultures. You can often do this without even leaving your own state or country. I guess some people just don't have much a wanderlust at all? It seems a little foreign to me too.
    I suppose essential was a bit dramatic for what I meant...what I meant by it more literally was just that it's essential to me in the sense that I would feel dissatisfied without it. I cannot imagine not longing for it. Of course never traveling again wouldn't kill me, but it would probably feel like that sometimes. Wanderlust runs pretty deep in me

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trellum View Post
    I believe traveling is really important, it was thanks to that I managed to meet a lot wonderful people and a lot oportunities presented themselves because I was outside my own country. So traveling can serve a lot purposes, but isn't essential... You can live a pretty decent and nice life even if you don't travel. By the way... I do think was intended to travel, A LOT actually. That's how humanity started... we are wanderers by nature!
    Oh I'm sure one could leave a nice, full life that way- I just mean that for myself it would not FEEL completely full. That kind of 'essential'..something deeply ingrained in the heart and mind. Your last point is interesting and I would tend to agree.
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    Quote Originally Posted by justusforus View Post
    I am a bit of a homebody, and I would not want to live out of a suitcase. I do love "controlled travel" like a road trip and having some comforts with me in and SUV, Van or RV (car is okay but if its a long trip, prefer more creature comforts). I think most humans have a curiousity about other people and lands, but also a built in homing device. That is whatever we decide to call home.
    What an intriguing and wonderful way to put it...I get that. A duality to our nature like so many other things. I don't really necessarily mean traveling without a home to return to; I just mean the desire to travel...whether it be a once-a-year kind of thing or an every-other-week kind of deal. The desire to go elsewhere, to be a stranger in a new place, to see and discover and immerse in otherness.

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    I feel that travelling is like reading, it's not critical to survival, and there are some folks that do fine without it or are unable to enjoy it for entirely legitimate reasons.

    But for most people, life is better with than without it.

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    It's funny, I like the experience of being to new places, but at the same time I hate the act of travelling. I always seem to get grumpy and irritable and I just want to go home. That being said, I have lived in several different countries. That way while I'm travelling, I am home, which makes things a lot easier. Plus you get to really experience a country instead of being an outsider.

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    For me traveling is very helpful for me to become a well rounded person. By traveling you will see and learn many things. You open your eyes with many changes. It makes my life more colorful. I been to many places, and each place taught me about different things. The knowledge and experiences I gained helped me to become the the person I am right now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JessiFox View Post
    I suppose essential was a bit dramatic for what I meant...what I meant by it more literally was just that it's essential to me in the sense that I would feel dissatisfied without it. I cannot imagine not longing for it. Of course never traveling again wouldn't kill me, but it would probably feel like that sometimes. Wanderlust runs pretty deep in me
    Haha, I get it. It does seem a little peculiar to me that someone wouldn't wish to travel at all. It's a big world and there's so much to see. There's something to be said about experiencing new things.

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    Absolutely. It honestly baffles me when I meet people who are perfectly content not exploring the world, or people who are middle aged and have never been outside of their home country. I guess I can only really speak for myself but I definitely crave new experiences on a daily basis and would go completely stir crazy if I never traveled!

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    I know what you mean.

    I remember being in Missouri, and meeting my then-boyfriend's family. Nice enough folks, but not well travelled.

    At some point we were talking about some place or other, an American city that we'd been to or were planning to visit, and one of his brothers said something like "Oh, whats the point of travelling, every place is the same." and there was general agreement.

    I was a bit shocked, tbh, I couldn't disagree more.

    But I still wonder if this was a thoughtless dismissal by someone who disliked travel, or if the sameness that's slowly taken over large parts of the US is to blame for this attitude.

    If you've lived all your life in an area composed of modern prefab planned suburbs, strip malls full of the same 20 chains and 10 restaurants, and city centers lined with another dozen shops that can be found side by side in every other city, all connected by hour long freeway drives... Then, yes I guess travelling would seem pointless.

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    My husband is the type that doesn't like to travel and it took me a long time to realize that I don't need him to want to travel,I can go travel myself. So I did. I went to travel with friends and Had a lot of fun too. My ideal of traveling would be once a year. You work hard a whole year and reward yourself by traveling. I met a woman on my way to Canada that travels for the food. She has been to so many places I was like 'wow I want to be her!'

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    Quote Originally Posted by JessiFox View Post
    Oh I'm sure one could leave a nice, full life that way- I just mean that for myself it would not FEEL completely full. That kind of 'essential'..something deeply ingrained in the heart and mind. Your last point is interesting and I would tend to agree.
    I'm actually traveling very soon, but to be honest I dread the time you have to spend sitting inside a plane But other than that, I love traveling The only part I don't like is that feeling you get when you're getting to the airport, and you know you will be taking a transatlantic flight. Also knowing you will have to pass security... I better stop or I'll get nervious again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beverly View Post
    My husband is the type that doesn't like to travel and it took me a long time to realize that I don't need him to want to travel,I can go travel myself. So I did. I went to travel with friends and Had a lot of fun too. My ideal of traveling would be once a year. You work hard a whole year and reward yourself by traveling. I met a woman on my way to Canada that travels for the food. She has been to so many places I was like 'wow I want to be her!'
    Really? Why doesn't he like to travel? You mean general travel or only when you guys have to travel by plane? Because if he feels aversion for traveling by plane, then I totally understand him!! It's really hard to be sitting inside a plane for hours (I'm talking about international flights, they take aaaaages!!), your legs go numb and sometimes you have to sit next to crying babies.

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    Re: Is traveling essential?

    Quote Originally Posted by zlemune View Post
    I know what you mean.

    I remember being in Missouri, and meeting my then-boyfriend's family. Nice enough folks, but not well travelled.

    At some point we were talking about some place or other, an American city that we'd been to or were planning to visit, and one of his brothers said something like "Oh, whats the point of travelling, every place is the same." and there was general agreement.

    I was a bit shocked, tbh, I couldn't disagree more.

    But I still wonder if this was a thoughtless dismissal by someone who disliked travel, or if the sameness that's slowly taken over large parts of the US is to blame for this attitude.

    If you've lived all your life in an area composed of modern prefab planned suburbs, strip malls full of the same 20 chains and 10 restaurants, and city centers lined with another dozen shops that can be found side by side in every other city, all connected by hour long freeway drives... Then, yes I guess travelling would seem pointless.
    Well I suppose you have an interesting point in relation to that, but I still find that to be an awfully sad way to think .

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    Quote Originally Posted by JessiFox View Post
    Do you think that people are meant to travel? I recently met the first person I know of who "doesn't like to travel". He says he's fine staying in one place; now I can understand finding a place that resonates as home to you, that you decide to live in long-term, but not having any desire to see anyone else seems strange to me.
    I kind of understand your feelings as it's also strange to me. My mother is and always has been very content to stay home. She doesn't like traveling and in many ways it makes her nervous. Some people are agoraphobic and that explains their fear of leaving the house. I'm thinking my mother may have a very slight degree of agoraphobia.

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    Re: Is traveling essential?

    Traveling is definitely not essential, that is the wrong word. However it does open your eyes, a lot or not that much depending on where you go.

    While it's not essential, someone who never travels will miss a lot of wonderful things this world has to offer.

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    Ammm , It is not necessary. But we have to wonder the beauty of the world. Enjoy ourself. Travelling gives us happiness and joy.

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    Re: Is traveling essential?

    Yeah I agree with PETER. Its not assetial. But it gives us joy and happiness. So we can enjoy ourself on the behalf of travelling

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    Ya travelling is very essential it will refreh your mood and you feel a new energy inside you. Also it is the best way to keep away the stress from today's busy and hectic life.

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    Re: Is traveling essential?

    Traveling is definitely not important, that is the incorrect term. However it does start your sight, a lot or not that much based on where you go.

    While it's not important, someone who never moves will skip a lot of amazing factors this globe has to provide.

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    Ya travelling is a great way to avoid all stress and refresh the mood.

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    Some people are fine not travelling. My mother, for instance, enjoys travelling but she hasn't in a while and that is fine for her. For me it's not. I cringe just thinking about staying where I am for several years without getting to know other places. Before our time travelling was extremely hard. Nowadays we are spoiled enough to be able to go across the world in one day, and it's also way cheaper than before. Of course I respect those that don't enjoy travelling, but to me it's crazy that some people would not want to take advantage of that!

 

 
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