September 30, 2014 | By Doreen Lopez
As a travel consultant, I’m usually in the midst of preparing for my next journey. One of my latest trips was unforgettable! I traveled to Machu Picchu, Peru, where I found the Peruvian culture to be amazingly warmhearted and authentic. Machu Picchu was definitely the highlight, as it is archaeologically and visually breathtaking.
As I was preparing for my trip to Peru, and managing my clients’ travel, it made me wonder what motivates a person to travel? Travel takes you away from the normalcy of everyday life, routines and responsibilities. When you travel, you place yourself in an environment where you are unfamiliar with the surroundings. You maneuver your way through airports, hire local transportation, and find accommodations. You manage through climate, time zone, currency, and cultural differences. Travel takes you away from your element, but we all know it is definitely worthwhile. The new experiences and amazing adventures we encounter enrich our lives.
We arrange vacations to beautiful beaches, and exciting cities. We choose to participate in activities we would never consider at home, such as taking a helicopter ride over a volcanic island such as Hilo Hawaii, maybe photograph the Big Five while on safari. We zip line though tropical Costa Rica, or parasail on famous beaches. Our travels may urge us to learn some of the local language, traditions, rituals, or study up on local and amazing wines.
Travel is healthy, it de-stresses you…Travel allows you to be in the present moment, fully immersed in the new landscape, colorful cultures, history, and welcoming locals. I believe when you travel you become a richer person; you are more accepting and understanding of other cultures and people. I believe when you travel, you gain confidence – from the time you touch down at your destination you are interacting, connecting with the locals, faced with the unfamiliar, navigating your way through your destination, and having a marvelous adventure.
Everyone travels for different reasons; this is a big world, and there are many ways to experience it. I hope you will contact me to arrange your next travel adventure!