Talk to most people about the greatest moments of their lives and travel to a special place is certain to be high on the list.
Who doesn’t relish and talk about their honeymoon many years later? Ditto for the vacations we enjoyed as children. Travel is one of the first things on which many people choose to spend their disposable income. We’re exuberant while heading to our vacation destination, and often wistful when our vacation comes to an end.
No doubt about it, humanity writ large loves to travel. But what is it about travel that’s so compelling? Let us count the ways.
Romance. Nothing rekindles the fires of romance like time away in beautiful venues. That’s not to mention the many long-distance romances that are sustained by regularly scheduled travel dates.
Relaxation. We all need down time. Today, perhaps more than ever, the fast-paced technologically-connected lives we live are stressful. The only time many people truly relax is during vacation. It’s an essential part of a full and healthy life.
Celebration. We travel to attend weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, holidays, family reunions, graduations, and so on. These are the most memorable occasions of any person’s life, and travel is our opportunity to play a special role.
Religion. A spiritual mooring is an indispensable element in billions of people’s lives. All of the world’s major religions have their holy lands, their special places for pilgrimage and worship. Travel puts us there and renews our connection to something larger than ourselves.
Honeymoon. The bonds of matrimony begin with travel for a reason. Romance blossoms most fully when we transport ourselves from the commonplace to the sublime. The rest of the world fades to background when romance is allowed to take center stage in the right geographic theater.
Education. It’s amazing how much we learn when we visit fascinating places. This is one of the reasons more than a quarter-of-a-million American students alone go abroad to receive all or part of their schooling.
Challenge ourselves. Ever travel to Yosemite National Park and climb the vertical rock formation that is El Capitan? Ever sail San Francisco Bay, or go wind surfing?
New experiences. Ever visit the redwoods? Go wine tasting in Napa and Sonoma counties, or the Livermore Valley? Bike across the Golden Gate Bridge? Hiked to the top of Mt. Tamalpais?
Find yourself. The book and movie Eat, Pray, Love underscored the ability of travel to reveal our inner selves and give us a fresh start in life.
Experience new cultures. Historic places, majestic architecture, delicious cuisines, the glories of nature are but a handful of examples.
Learn a new language. Immersion in the culture that speaks the language you’re striving to learn is widely regarded as the most effective way to learn – and deeply understand – a new language.
Have fun. While our vacations can be freighted with ambition and expectation, many of us just want to have a good time. There’s no mistaking the ebullient face of the vacationer.
The aforementioned is a sampling of why people love to travel. There are many other reasons. We hope you’re getting your share of travel, whatever the reason for your travels might be.
If you’re overdue for some time away, we remind you that The Rose Hotel and your reservations for more good times are just a phone call away: 925-846-8802.
Written by Mike Consol