People aspire to discover new things, places and make new friends. Therefore they travel from one place to another. The act of a human being moving from one place to another is known as traveling. People travel due to various reasons and purposes. Some travel for business meetings, others to discover new places, mostly known as an adventure, while others travel to attend office meetings. People have different tastes in traveling, and some say they enjoy it while others feel uncomfortable traveling. I mostly enjoy traveling, venturing into new places and environments, making new people, interacting with them, and knowing their culture. Traveling necessitates all of these objectives. Traveling makes life sweet and complete. People have to travel to meet their daily living expenses. For instance, most businesses and organizations prosper well due to good decision-making. Some decisions require consultation and proper weighing, and this demands those policymakers don’t reside in the same location. Thus they have to travel and meet to agree on what to do. In simple terms, traveling plays an important role in human beings’ lives.
People travel in different ways. Some travel by bus, planes, or railways. Others prefer walking and cycling as they term it more flexible and environmentally friendly. They again argue that cycling and walking are a part of exercising, keeping their body fit, strong, and healthier. Thus, it will be capable of fighting diseases and other infections. On another occasion, cycling and walking become inconvenient. For instance, if the distance to be covered is long, one must travel over seas and oceans. Therefore the means of travel are determined by various factors. People have different interests and motives for traveling. Mostly those traveling as their hobby creates time for themselves to relax. On the other hand, many people have a busy schedule in life. Some are stressed by their business, work, offices, and research and need some time. Traveling makes people free, think about new things, see new interesting things such as wild animals, expose themselves to the nature of the world. In the end, they will feel more refreshed and fully recharged for the next challenge in life. Again traveling makes one forget those disturbing ideas of mind and creates an environment for new thinking. In other terms, traveling can be described as lifesaving.
Traveling makes one smarter both in mind and physically. When traveling, one learns different things in life. They get to know other people’s cultures, how people do things, and some of the shortcomings they face and how they overcome them. Again, we interact with nature, which expands our minds and thus improves our thinking perspective. We can also learn about new modes of dressing, new fashions, and even new walking styles. Thus changing their mode of living. Traveling strengthens one’s heart. Most people in this generation are heartbroken. A large percentage of the current generation, especially youth, lack hope in life. Lack of good livelihood and other difficulties in life directly impact people’s lives. When people travel, they interact freely, learn from each other and share new ideas about life. From that, one gets motivated and somehow consoled.
Most married partners prefer traveling as part of enjoying their honeymoon. Through this, they can expose each other well. They visit attractive destinations such as beaches, wild parks, museums, and even cultural-based societies. By doing so, they will survive in their married life. Most believe that starting a marriage with a happy mood and energy makes the marriage life smooth. Whenever any disagreement arises, those good memories keep the couple together. Some people love traveling in a group while others love it when they travel alone. Groups include family members, working mates, friends, and classmates. Traveling in a group, in some cases, is more enjoyable than when one travels individually. While in other cases one can enjoy traveling alone than when they are in groups.
Traveling is an expensive exercise, you have to pay the means used to travel, the traveling expenses such as food, and again there is an accommodation fee. All these expenses are shared when people travel as a group. The group just calculated all those costs and shared them among themselves. In the end, each member in that group will be able to enjoy the adventure at a relatively lower price compared to the one they would pay alone. In some cases, groups traveling have some shortcomings. Imagine the time the group requires to agree on some decision, such as the place to travel, the day to travel, the time, and how long the adventure will take. For them to decide on all this, it will take a while. Again others may disagree with all of the plans reducing its chances of happening. Again traveling in a group may sometimes make one member not attain his objectives. A group member can manipulate one by interacting with other people in different groups. Thus, in the end, they will not have enjoyed as they expected.
Individual traveling is sometimes the best and more enjoyable when compared to group traveling. First is fast decision-making. One will compare different areas to travel on which afterward decide on a place of interest. Again they will be able to decide on the means to use, either on bus, railways or planes. This decision takes a short period to make. Again when one travels can take any available means of transport. In case of any changes, such as some event that was not included when planning occurs, it will be easier to accommodate them when traveling alone than when traveling as a group. Again, when traveling alone, there are high chances that one enjoys more than those traveling in a group. Traveling alone minimizes all destruction, thus allowing one to concentrate on all events and occasions. Apart from that positive comment, traveling alone has some negative perceptions. First, it is somehow expensive. For instance, when one needs to visit government-regulated areas such as game parks and museums, they must pay some money. The money would be affordable if a group booking but on an individual basis. Again sometimes traveling alone becomes boring. One needs some people to keep them company, especially when the means used are planes or trains.
Different factors affect people’s interest in traveling. Therefore, these factors will be controlled, while people cannot control others. For instance, after the covid-19 eruption, the government banned all traveling, including domestic and international traveling. They were doing this to control its spread. In this case, people had no alternative and had to comply with directives. One factor that may discourage or encourage traveling is the availability of traveling means and their safety. Most traveling means are prone to accidents, and most people fear boarding them. Most travelers lose their life while others get mistreated. The action is common with taxi drivers; some taxi overprices their customers, others harass them, and others even rape them. Those illegal action has been condemned, and most countries have developed alternative means. An article published by the NY Times shows how Uber is currently overtaking taxis in New York City. Most of these alternative means of transport, including Uber, have a board regulating their operation, and any customer mistreated can report it. Therefore cases of customer’s mistreatment have reduced drastically (Willis 94).
Again people may fail to travel due to their busy schedules. People who work in big organizations that require their attention always lack time for traveling. Some of those workers are interested in traveling, yet they cannot travel due to their occupations. Most organizations are venturing into a new working technology known as co-working. Co-working creates a good environment where workers can share work, giving others time to travel and have an adventure (Orel 215). Therefore co-working motivates workers. Thus, they can give their best. Other companies allow their workers to work while traveling, especially journalists (Rosenkranz 613). Another factor that may discourage traveling is insecurity. Most people travel to places or states where their security is assured. Any state with a high rate of crimes and insecurity receives low tourist numbers. Crimes lead to loss of life and even property. It again destroys the plans and schedule of a traveler. Thus it discourages traveling. Insecurity has a direct impact on the country’s economy. Tourism contributes a lot to a state’s economy. Thus ensuring the safety of travelers improves their economy.
As discussed above, traveling contributes a lot to people’s lives, a large percentage of our possessions through adventure. Again most ideas that help us move from one level to another are obtained through interacting with new people and challenging them. Although some people hate adventures, they fail to understand that traveling involves even small activities. For instance, when one travels within a country or abroad for further education and even when traveling for celebration functions or entertainment.
Willis, George, and Emmanouil Tranos. “Using ‘Big Data’ to understand the impacts of Uber on taxis in New York City.” Travel Behaviour and Society 22 (2021): 94-107.
Orel, Marko. “Coworking environments and digital nomadism: Balancing work and leisure while on the move.” World Leisure Journal 61.3 (2019): 215-227.
Rosenkranz, Tim. “From contract to speculation: New relations of work and production in freelance travel journalism.” Work, Employment and Society 33.4 (2019): 613-630.