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Why I love traveling

I love to travel is a loaded question, but I hope this article gives you some insight. I love traveling because it can be fun, but I love my travel growth. Traveling helps me learn more about myself and my country. Sometimes things are not as bright as they seem. Undoubtedly there are other reasons as well, and you will soon find out.

I love traveling because it helps me fight depression, makes me more compassionate, helps my mental health the adventure, and loves planning trips!

Why do I love traveling?

Traveling helping with mental help

Work and everyday life certainly have their rough moments, and I found anticipating a trip inspires me. Knowing a trip on my horizon gives me a reason to get up in the morning and inspiration to get through the most challenging days. Additionally, it gives me something to daydream about when I need to put my mind on something else.

Amtrak Business Class on Midwest Regional Trains
Amtrak Business Class on Midwest Regional Trains

While driving home from my old job, I often listened to a  WPR. One drive home, I heard a program about mental health and anticipation. The show discussed having something to look forward to helps promote mental health and helps fight depression. People who are at the end of life can hang on until an event happens. When something is on my calendar that I am looking forward to, I tend to be happier.

I have been on Facebook for a long time, and often when looking back at my Facebook live, I see the signs of depression in my life. I struggled because I didn’t have anything to look forward to in my life. Once I started traveling, I noticed I was less depressed and more optimistic. (I know results may vary.)

Get me out of here

Get me out of here

Traveling brings me happiness because of anticipation and also gives me a temporary escape when life becomes mundane.

Flying
The view from a plane window seat

We all have a getaway from stress; for some, it’s running, sewing, or other hobbies. For me, it is music, coffee, beer, and, as you can guess, traveling. (The cool part of traveling is it can incorporate the other favorite things into it).

When I take a trip, I do not run away from my problems; they are still there. But what does change is my approach to problems. I can sometimes deal with situations differently and more efficiently.

Traveling helps keep me active; I used to take weekly train day trips, some days, it’s just to Chicago or Milwaukee, or further away to like to St Louis, MO, Lower Michigan, or middle and downs state Illinois.

Traveling kept me from staying home and lounging around because I walk around cities when I am traveling.

Keeping mentally in shape

We all need adventures and challenges to aid in our mental health. The older we get, the more we need to give our brains a workout. If you take yourself out of routine and challenge yourself with a new activity, you are giving your mind a challenge. This idea goes along with what I talked about before but helps the brain differently.

Listen, understand, and chat.

Since I started traveling more, I found I am more understanding of others. I come from a small town, and the more I see the world, the more my perspective changes. By listening to others tell their stories, I find I have more in common with others who are different from me than I thought. I can come away with a deeper understanding of where they are coming from in life. I am thankful that some people are just a blip in the big scheme of things, while others become lifelong friends.

As you travel, your perspective can change if you let it, especially surface travel. You see parts of the United States (or the world) that you didn’t know even existed. It is easy to wear your city or suburbia-colored glasses and not see the issues that others face.

I never realized that people in this country live in dilapidated homes that would get condemned in most other parts. People live in these homes because it’s all they have. Since I started traveling, I have been more thankful for what I have, and going by train, reality has given me a reality check on how others live within our borders.

Planning

The part of travel that most people hate I love.

I look at planning trips as a puzzle, and I enjoy putting all the pieces together. Looking for the best deal is a fun game for me; lining up all the dates and finding the right compromise to get transportation and lodging within my budget. I almost enjoy planning trips almost as much as taking them.

Once you plan the trip, then the anticipation becomes the beautiful cycle of travel.

Putting it all together

Why do I love traveling? Because it makes a better person!

I love the anticipation, the planning, packing, new travel gear, and the frustration of traveling. Over the years, I have dealt with all sorts of ordeals like delays, rain, flooding, a bomb threat while on a train, being on a train that hit a not-so-bright individual, and death on a train (not my own). I also dealt with having to change planes because of a bad wheel.

Travel troubles are not always fun to deal with, but they can lead to great stories later. Most of my trips, though, have been relatively stress-free and have gone without a hitch.

I have found that traveling has made me more flexible, understanding, less depressed, and helped shape my expectations and be more realistic with wants. Try and have the best trip you can, no matter what happens.

A Challange To You

I hope that you can find a love for travel like I have. We can buy physical items, but they fade and rust but do not stick with us as long as memories and experiences.

If you create an experience, you will carry those in your mind and heart forever. When I hear certain songs like Till Kingdom Come, it draws me back to walking the streets of San Fransico, and if you add the smell of Faboloso, I am carried back to walking through the French Quarter of New Orleans in the morning.

Safe Travels!

Kev

Kev

Kev has traveled over 125,000 miles on over 660 trains all around the United States aboard Amtrak. When he is not on the move, Kev enjoys making music as an organist.