“What are you running away from?” If you’re a traveler, then chances are someone has asked you this at one point or another.For me, it was my parents who wondered (and still do) why I always felt the need to pack my bags and head off to a new country or adventure whenever the opportunity presented itself. Those who don’t have a strong, constant desire to travel sometimes find it hard to understand why wanderlusters are always looking for their next adventure. For them they wonder, “Why can’t they just be happy where they are? What are they running away from?”
Of course, there are those who believe that if they hop on a plane and fly far away enough, they can leave their problems behind without dealing with them and start over. If you ignore your issues and try to travel away from them instead of facing them while you wander, you are running away. Most people know from experience that this never works as we tend carry our flaws and baggage with us wherever we go.
Travelling isn’t about running away from anything. It’s about as far away from that as you can imagine. Travelling is about finding something greater than us, something we can’t always see so clearly in our daily lives. Travelling isn’t about running away from life, it’s about running towards it. When you travel you’re forced to take risks, meet new people, socialize, rely on your independence and embrace different cultures or ways of life you may never have had the opportunity to experience otherwise. Travelling is like opening a door to infinite possibilities- it’s the unknown that makes the journey such an adrenaline rush. We are immediately pushed outside of our comfort zones the minute we step off the plane, and as terrifying as that may be, it’s what keeps us coming back for more after each trip.