Staycations have in the past few years become the most popular alternative to vacation travelling. No wonder: staying at home for the holidays is cheaper, safer and easier. So, it only stands to reason that back-porch vacations and poolside holidays are becoming the new trend for middle-class Americans, especially in light of the recent economic crisis. However, there are some very specific reasons why travelling will always remain a better alternative, despite the cost issues and any possible inconveniences.
First of all, travelling involves experiencing with your own senses: seeing, touching, hearing and smelling the new, unusual and unique atmosphere of places you visit while on vacation. If someone described to you what a new ice-cream flavor tastes like using a hundred words, but instead you could choose to simply try it yourself, would you have preferred the description or the experience of your own? It is the same with travelling. Unlike watching Discovery Channel or National Geographic, reading about exotic places on somebody’s blog and watching even the most colorful and fun podcasts about travelling, actually visiting the place is ten times more powerful of an experience. Plus, you get to form your own opinion about what you see instead of just watching it through the eyes of a documentary director or through the lens of a photographer.
Secondly, travelling is arguably the best source of inspiration one could think of. Even if you have been to the place a few times already, the next time you visit it the impressions can be yet very different, have a new spice or a fresh hint, since the weather, your mood and the people you come across will be different, and your impression of the place can change radically or just become fuller and more holistic. To me, travelling always brings new discoveries, whether they are discoveries of the outer worlds externally or discoveries within yourself. And, in... [continues]
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