My Definition of Travel

Asking someone to define the word ‘Travel’ is like asking someone to describe the word ‘Home’. There is no right or wrong answer. Perhaps that’s why they’re held with such reverence. Think about it. Whenever you talk about travel (For those of you who enjoy travelling) or home, there is always that sigh of joy. Personally, they can be a sort of yin and yang. When I’m at home too much, I want to be on the road, travelling the globe. When I’ve been

Personally, they can be a sort of yin and yang. When I’m at home too much, I want to be on the road, travelling the globe. When I’ve been travelling for too long, I want to be home, in my cozy bed. It’s the whole ‘Grass is greener’ scenario. But that’s okay.

I love how versatile and diverse the world of travel is. Like a lot of things in this world, it’s not a cookie-cutter set up. There are no defined lines, no instructional manuals, nothing. For me, travel is like the free-form colouring of a 3 yr old. Why colour inside the lines when there’s an entire page screaming for attention?!


Travel is as diverse as the world itself. It’s a personal journey. Parents can send the kiddos on a weekend sleepover and create their own vacation at home, there are family vacations- which provide entertaining stories for weddings and graduations, Two week holidays, Weekend getaways, Round-the-world, adventure and much more. Like I said, travel is as diverse as the world itself.

No matter what your travel style is, it’s important for you to plan the trip or vacation that YOU want to take. It’s wonderful to ask friends and other travellers for advice and tips, but at the end of the day, it’s your trip, your time, YOUR STORY.

At the moment, my story involves travelling through the Pacific Northwest and Asia. I have a plane ticket until March 22, 2011. Whether I’ll last that longer, or want to stay longer has not been decided. I haven’t planned very much. In fact, I’ve planned too little. I should probably be working for a few more months. But, I’ve decided to go anyway. It’s a personal decision that I could regret. I’m taking the chance. I don’t want to regret NOT trying. This is MY STORY. There are all kinds of variables involved. Back stories, lists etc. If you’re a regular reader of this blog than we’ll find out how my story will end together. For me, that’s the fun part.

So, what’s YOUR STORY? How do you travel?

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I'm a travel writer and photographer who specializes in bespoke travel experiences. I write about boutique, savvy and cultural travel. My writing has been featured in Outpost Magazine, Travel + Escape, and UP! Magazine.

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  2. ayngelina

    What a great post, in my blog I’ve bee struggling with defining this as I travel particularly when I’d rather see a market then a tourist attraction.

  3. Andrew

    Great story. Fully agree that it is more important to just make a decision and try than to regret too much. Regret seems to be way more unpleasant than any “wrong decision”.
    I am also one of those people that feels the urge to travel when I’ve been home too long and after too long living out of a backpack I long for my own bed. Check out my post of “Grass is Greener”, I love that phrase and kind of went on with the metaphor.

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  5. Sally

    I’ve been going through lots of self-doubt about this whole leaving-my-job-and-life-to-go-travel-indefinitely thing lately (and a whole lot of yearning for my couch!). But, like you, I’m happy I’m doing it (even if I probably should have saved a bit more money or planned a bit better) and I’m happy I don’t have to regret not doing it. Good luck! And I can’t wait for you to come visit me! We’re going to be roommates, remember?! d

  6. Gray

    I like this acknowledgment that travel is a personal thing. No 2 people will travel exactly alike or have the exact same experience, nor will they come away with the same feelings or lessons learned.

  7. Audrey

    When I think of my various groups of friends and how each person would define travel it makes me smile. That’s the beauty of travel – it’s personal and each person has his/her on style and reason. No one style is inherently better, but the important thing is that the person chooses how he/she wants to travel instead of borrowing from someone else.

    Regarding home, we recently wrote a post about how our definition of home continues to change. What was most interesting was the response in the comments. They really highlighted what you wrote here, that one’s definition of “home” is so personal and there are a million definitions.

  8. Ben

    I like to make the distinction between tourist and travellers – although the line is a very blurry one indeed.

    In my definition tourists are the people who go to see the tourist attractions, go on organised tours and drink cocktails while lounging around the resort pool.

    I like to think of travellers as explorers. Not necessarily exploring somewhere exotic – just somewhere. They might have even been to this place before, but this time they take a right instead of a left and see something new. Travelling to me is about meeting people (both locals and fellow travellers); exploring backstreets; buying fruit and wares at markets; and sometimes not knowing where they are going next or how to get there. Travelling is an adventure!

    Now I have been both of these stereotypes – sometimes both at the same time. One is not necessarily better than the other (although being a ‘traveller’ I sometimes get frustrated with ‘tourists’). I think you make an interesting and real point about it being diverse and a personal journey. I wish you luck for your travel adventures!


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