What Should You Aim To Get Out Of Traveling?

What Should You Aim To Get Out Of Traveling?

From a weekend away, to a journey around the world...find your travel inspiration.

Traveling is a pastime almost universally loved. Of those I've known who have made time in their lives for travel and vacations, I can't think of a single one who completely hates the experience. From a very young age, my parents encouraged a love of travel and took us to various locations around the US, and later, around the world. To this day, I consider a trip to be of near equal importance to material purchases when considering how to spend my money or time.

But what should your aim be when traveling to a new locale, whether nearby or far abroad? My answer to this is not cut and dry. In fact, the answer should be different for everyone and every place. But it's also important to recognize and discover what is most important to you when traveling, and what you aim to get out of every trip you take, so that you never feel a vacation was wasted or aimless.

One great potential goal for a trip is to learn about a new location, culture or group of people. Vacations, particularly in foreign countries, are incredible opportunities to be immersed completely in a new atmosphere for a few days or a few weeks. No matter how much you read about a place or study it in school, it is a completely different experience to visit, speak to the people who were born there, explore its monuments and sample its cuisine. Immersion at its finest is the chance to visit a place but live like a local.

Another potential goal of travel is relaxation or rejuvenation. At some time or another, everyone experiences stresses or challenges in their personal, economic, social or professional lives. At times, if those challenges get to be too much, where is the harm in splurging on a weekend trip away, or perhaps even a longer trip to a tropical location? As long as you're financially able to do it, a relaxing, recuperating vacation can be an extraordinary thing.

What else should you aim to get from traveling? The possibilities are endless. It could be a trip with friends or family that strengthens connections and creates important memories. Perhaps it's a chance to learn a language or improve language skills. Maybe you're planning to have amazing adventures and tons of thrills, or to meet new people and make connections. No matter what, potentially the most important part is that there is some intention to your next getaway.

And, more importantly, does a getaway even need to mean trekking around the world? Can't a vacation also be heading up to a cabin for a few days, taking a cheap weekend visit to see friends out of state, or just creating a mini vacation in your backyard?

A trip with no purpose and no intention can certainly be as great as any other. But a trip that you enter with a clear intentions (or perhaps a multitude of intentions) can leave you with a greater feeling of purpose and success when that amazing trip comes to an end.

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30 Places Every Millennial Girl Needs To Travel To BEFORE She Turns 30

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I am a travel enthusiast. There is nowhere I do not want to go.

Traveling the world is one of my biggest goals in life and I am determined to make it happen. The world is so big and I would love to see every inch of it at some point or another.

However, if I can travel to these 30 places before I turn 30, I will feel as though I have accomplished more than enough.

1. New York City, New York

2. New Orleans, Louisiana

3. Grand Canyon, Arizona

4. Las Vegas, Nevada

5. San Francisco, California

6. Los Angeles, California

7. Nashville, Tennessee

8. Honolulu, Hawaii

9. Walt Disney World, Florida

10. Chicago, Illinois

11. Nassau, Bahamas

12. Cozumel, Mexico

13. Cancún, Mexico

14. Bridgetown, Barbados

15. Basseterre, St. Kitts

16. Philipsburg, St. Maarten

17. Montego Bay, Jamacia

18. Christiansted, St. Croix

19. Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

20. Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas

21. Tortola Baths, Tortola

22. San Juan, Puerto Rico

23. Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos

24. Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

25. Oranjestad, Aruba

26. Mykonos, Greece

27. London, England

28. Paris, France

29. Barcelona, Spain

30. Rome, Italy

Okay, so these are 30 places I want to go out of like, a million. I have traveled to some of these places and would not hesitate one second to go back.

Every new place is like a new adventure, and traveling will forever be so exciting and intruiging to me.

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When most people picture Hawaii, they imagine sunny beaches, sunset luaus, hula dancers, and grass huts. To a certain extent, they are right. But as somebody who’s grown up in paradise, those things can tend to get old pretty quick. With the exception of going to the beach, most locals shun these activities, in favor of more rewarding (and less expensive alternatives). Locals, understandably, know Hawaii better than any tourist or travel blog could. Popular activities include hikes, secret beaches, and eating good food.

I’ve tried to take this understanding and show a few photos of the side of Hawaii that most people don’t see.

While many people imagine Hawaii as a vast, unspoiled landscape, the reality of it is that a vast infrastructure of hotels and commercial areas has been created to support tourism. Personally, I don’t think this is a bad thing, tourism makes up the vast majority of the economy and is vital to locals, but it’s worth noting that Hawaii is neither untouched nature nor an urban cityscape, but a unique juxtaposition of the two. In my neighborhood alone, there are roads flanked by copy-and-pasted houses, that continue on as dirt paths into the jungle. On other areas of the island, the road is only a few feet above sea level, and houses are raised ten feet up as a precaution to flooding. As urbanized as Hawaii has become, it has still retained its wild roots.

This is a view of the ocean. While many people from the mainland have never seen a view like this, likewise many people from Hawaii only know this view. Every time I fly out, I’m struck by how far the land reaches. Having grown up here, I always imagine it to be large, but when compared to just the West Coast, it’s minuscule. It’s a good reminder that you don’t always understand your surroundings, until you leave them, and have a chance to experience something different.

This picture gives another perspective on Hawaii, from a residential area. People tend to forget that people live in Hawaii. This view is typical of Hawaii suburbs, the geography of the island means that most housing, except for apartments buildings in the distance, is on the mountain, above sea level. This means that almost all houses have some view of the ocean, as cluttered as it may be by development and power lines.

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