What is it about travel that emboldens us? What is it about travel that scares us? When people ask me what I plan to do post graduation I tell them I plan to travel, write, and take photographs. I am then met with one of two very different reactions. The first is a look of apprehension and doubt, as if they are dooming me to fail before I even set out. “That’s crazy,” they might say, or depending on how inquisitive they might be a series of questions fallows: Where will you stay, what will you eat, how will you MAKE MONEY doing that? I have thought about this deeply and the best response I can give is “I will figure it out, when I get there.” The second reaction is as mentioned quite opposite and goes something like, “wow that’s cool,” or “I wish I could do that.” All truth be told, you can.
So it occurred to me that there is a dichotomy of sorts when it comes to traveling. It may also be the all or nothing approach I am employing that separates people further into the two camps, but nonetheless a divide is apparent. I began wondering about the causes of this rift. What is it that makes some people so content to remain, grounded and secure at home, while leaving others restless and bound to explore? Going through all the causalities of human differentiated behavior I found there is no clear answer. Maybe its nurture, upbringing, and childhood experiences, but although people who traveled when they were young seem to be more comfortable traveling now, the desire to do so is not always there. The opposite is also seemingly true as I meet people who have never traveled, but are eager to see what lies beyond. When I travel next I will be sure to pay attention to the motivations behind the travelers I meet.