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3 Undeniable Reasons to Travel

November 23, 2014
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One day, Viet – my friend from Vietnam asked me why I am so excited about travelling. At that moment I could not give him complete answer, I just said that it changed me a lot and made me a better person. Now I am ready to share with you my 3 undeniable reasons to travel.

1. Places

3 Undeniable Reasons to Travel

Natural spots: hike in Himalayas or enter volcanic crater, swim in natural hot spring in the middle of the rice fields or take shower in the waterfall in the middle of the jungle. This reminds that I am a child of the Mother Nature: careless, young and free.

Wildlife: we can watch Discovery Channel and be amazed by the diversity of flora and fauna of Earth. Instead of sitting in front of TV I prefer to see incredible creatures in their natural habitat. Going for 2 days track in Sumatra’s rainforest to see endangered orangutans or taking a boat trip to Komodo National Park to see Komodo Dragons and swim with the turtles on the way. Visiting this kind of places straitens my Eco consciousness and provides me with incredible experiences along the way.

Historical sites: visit remains of ancient temples Borobudur and Prambanan in Indonesia, make up my mind about the beauty of Taj Mahal in India and St Sofia mosque in Turkey to feel greatness of ancient civilizations and power of their heritage.

Culture: eat god’s meat in traditional Batak house, learn how to play music on traditional ceremony or visit a lecture of Dalai Lama and talk with people from one of the poorest India’s villages. All this experiences let me discover people’s perception of life, understand their mindset and learn mentality of the community. Common people invite you to enter their lives and your own life will totally change after that. I promise.

2. People

3 Undeniable Reasons to Travel

After visiting India, I understood one simple truth: it’s all about the people around you.

People influence our lives the most and during traveling, you will find the most diverse and incredible people ever. During last year when I was living and travelling in Indonesia I met Roderic, American, who has been volunteering in Peace Corps in Madagascar and now he works in Kuala Lumpur and every holidays he visits another country in Asia;

Girl from Netherlands whose mother works in Jakarta and who decided to travel alone around Southeast Asia for 4 month; she was concerned about nothing except malaria;

Group of Czech tourists that in 4 weeks in Indonesia didn’t try tempe and where drinking soup from sachet that they brought from home;

Great guy Dominik from Germany, whom we met on Komodo island and who was travelling with us all around Flores;

American travel writer who has been traveling for 4 years living mostly in India and Pakistan;

30-years-old Australian couple who came to Indonesia for a year to think what they wonna do in their lives;

British hippy-girl who was living in US, Canada and New Zeeland and wants to build a house from shipping containers;

Famous Indonesian artist who lives in Europe and every time he stays in the hotel he asks for the bucket and a scoop to take shower like in his homeland because he “doesn’t feel clean after shower”;

Cheerful girl from Sochi who was my room-mate during 10 days silent meditation course Vipassana, who lives in London, write poems and was going for the second time to India to upgrade her Yoga teaching skills;

Very good friend Viet who doesn’t like his major in the university and who tough us the meaning of responsibility and traditional values in Vietnamese society;

Polyglot Nicolas from Canada who knows 7 languages, was volunteering in Africa, studying in China and is in the beginning of the great journey of his life – years-long travel;

Ikhsan – my lazy Indonesian friend who is the kindest and most positive person I know;

Ukrainian journalist and blogger who works as a guide in Asia for last 1,5 years and with whom we survived starvation while travelling in North Maluku during Ramadan;

I met Ola – my best friend and the closest person to me during all my stay in Indonesia. This year was the best of my life generally because of her 🙂

Therefore, during travels I met great people, people with different perspective on life and every single one of them tough me something valuable. I am so grateful for meeting you guys.

3. Myself

3 Undeniable Reasons to Travel

Just try to spend 7 days on the boat without touching the ground, you’ll find out why travelling made me better:

More organized and patient, knowing when to let it go;

More tolerant to differences and flexible;

More experienced in life and surviving, adaptable;

Able to live in the present moment;

Able to communicate with anybody anytime in any circumstances and any language or even without using a language;

Learn a lot about myself.

Travelling changes my perception of life and myself. Breaks down my pre-installed scenarios and broadens my horizons.

Gives me friends all over the world.

Makes me not afraid of changes and uncertainties.

Teaches me how to find connection with different people, how to speak their language.

Becoming more open and able to go out of the comfort zone.

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2 Comments

  • Reply Juan June 28, 2015 at 8:02 pm

    Hi Hanna, nice blog you have. I never have to go tourist. I seem it something good to know more about people and culture. By the way, i’m from Malaysia.. 🙂

    • Reply Hanna Gulabo July 1, 2015 at 4:37 pm

      Hi Juan, I am glad that you like the article 🙂 I’ll post more soon 🙂

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