Why Travel?

Everyone travels for different reasons. Some do it because they have something to run away from, while others do it because they want something to run towards, and others still do it purely for the historical elements. Me? I love lots of things about traveling, but right now, in this moment, what I love is simply sitting here with Scott with this view in front of us:

The Belfort aka the Belfry of Bruges.

The full recap of Bruges is coming tomorrow, but in the meantime, I’d love to hear about your love of travel! What do you enjoy about it? What makes you keep doing it?

6 thoughts on “Why Travel?

  1. Jeff-Loving the updates and travel tips, especially since I’ll be in Amsterdam and Bruges in a few weeks. You are paving our way πŸ™‚ The Amsterdam to Bruges train tip alone is really helpful! Looking forward to more pictures and more updates.

    Why travel? For me, it’s all about discovery and those unplanned magic moments. Guidebooks are a great way to get started, but insider tips from locals are usually where the memories get made.

    1. Yes, you’re going to love it here, Steve! How much time do you have in Bruges again? Since it’s not a big place, I think you’d start running out of things to do if you stayed more than a couple of days, but a couple of the things we tried to do we couldn’t because they had apparently closed earlier than what we were told in our internet research. You shouldn’t have that problem though. Be sure to climb the belfry! I know it’s a lot of steps, but there are a couple of landings along the way, so you can at least get your breath back before you get all the way to the top. Given the amazing weather we had yesterday, the views we had from the top were that much more spectacular.

      I totally agree with your reasons for traveling! I don’t rely on guidebooks. I may use them for research or to look up a few key things to see, but I’m happy just discovering things on my own, in the moment.

  2. Mmm, soaking in a magnificent view with your sweetie; absolutely lovely.

    I love to travel because I love to learn; in having new experiences, I learn more about others, and about myself.

  3. I enjoyed reading about your daily experiences during the first European trip that you took with Scott, intermingled with a bunch of great photos of the sights you viewed. I’ve never been to Bruges, and from what I’ve seen in guidebooks and from the movie In Bruges (which introduced me to the city), it looks like a gorgeous place to visit with the medieval-style streets and canals. Thanks for sharing your stories!

    I love to travel in order to encounter new experiences — food, culture, architecture, history, art, etc. It is fascinating to me to step out of your comfort zone and into new worlds. Travel really teaches you about yourself just as much as it teaches you about the wide world you live in, and it’s very enriching. I would gladly travel for a living if I could, but at least I am blessed to have the opportunity to travel a couple times a year as it is.

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Based in St. Paul, MN and love to blog about travel. Comment, follow, and join me on my journey!