Interesting question was posted on reddit: Why do you travel? Traveling has enriched me greatly for some wildly different reasons.
Mostly, I travel because I like the break from the routine. It forces me to try different foods, sleep in different places, interact with new people, maybe even speak a different language. It encourages me to manage my time and schedule in a new way. I like to think that this encourages a kind of personal growth.
In part because of the break from routine, travel brings me closer to my family. We have a collection of shared experiences that we can recall. Even the bad experiences. Remember that time we saw Ringo Starr’s childhood home. Remember that time you got sick in the hotel. Remember that time we got a flat tire in Ireland!
I have a number of different interests that are complemented well by travel. I’m interested in history, for example. I read a book about the first sea clock. Then I went to Greenwich and saw it. It was a thrill to have that connection to something I had read about. Similar for Gettysburg (you can really see where the battle of Little Round Top happened), etc.
Oh, and I also learned a lot about places that I wouldn’t have known about if I hadn’t traveled there. Could I have read a book? Yes. Would I have? In many cases, no.
I’m also a hobbyist photographer. I can’t get great photos of things unless I go to those things. Pretty self-explanatory.
I’m also a bicyclist and hiker. It gets boring hiking and cycling on the same old paths near home.
I am also doing genealogy research. I (and my wife) have met distant family members who live very far away, who we never knew before. My wife has German cousins who descended from the sister of an 1860’s immigrant to the US. They greeted us warmly and hosted us for a meal and showed us around town. Two years later, I visited my father’s cousins, and they told me stories of a side of my grandfather which I never knew. Ironically, since they are older than me, they remembered him better, even though he lived a block from my house. The time spent meeting these people — these new friends and family members — are among the highlights of my life.
I’m not trying to convince anyone else to travel, merely answering the question of why I do. I realize many of my reasons are personal. If people prefer not to travel, that is fine by me.