Have you ever thought about why you love to travel? Obviously, there are countless reasons why so many people leave their homes and voyage all over the globe, but have you ever though about what your specific reason is? Travel is so personal to every single one of us, and no one will ever travel for the same reasons, and for us, this part of travel is very exciting.

As we’ve been thinking about this a lot lately, we decided to compile a list of the top 10 reasons why people love to travel. So what are you waiting for? Do any of these reasons ring true for you?

To Create Meaningful Relationships

Travel is a great opportunity to make new friends, whether fellow travelers or locals alike, and it is often these people who become our closest friends. As well as building relationships and making memories, the people we meet when we travel also contribute to our own personal growth. Let’s just say, you will often leave a new place with a fresh perspective just by meeting new people and taking a glimpse into their world!

We believe that the shared experience of travel brings people together and this is what we want to achieve with a Eatwith experience!

To Taste Something New

A big part of travel for us is the food and we’re sure that many others are just as desperate to explore the flavors that the world has to offer! Food is often one of the best insights into a new culture so learn by exploring food markets or breaking bread with locals. When traveling, there is always something new to taste!

Heading to Florence? The most authentic experience you can have with food is by letting a local cook it for you!

To Learn New Languages…

Language is a huge part of travel and we all know that satisfying feeling of being able to order a meal in a Spanish restaurant, greet locals in Thai, or book a room using your loyal pocket language book in Poland. From learning a few phrases to hearing a new language, language is a fascinating thing and there’s not a more perfect time to learn it than while traveling!

We think the best time to learn a language is over a home-cooked meal with locals! After all, who better to teach you the local tongue than the locals themselves?

…and Learn Much More!

Travel is education and the world itself can teach us many things that school can not. For example, travel is not only the ultimate geography lesson, but it also teaches us about economics, politics, history and sociology, and gives us endless opportunities to learn other skills such as navigation, money managing, dancing or cooking! Whatever the experiences or conversations that you have while you travel, you can guarantee that you’ll come away more enriched than you ever thought possible.

The best way to learn is by getting hands-on! If you want to learn about food and culture, why not try one of our cooking classes in Sevilla?

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To Challenge Yourself

This can mean so many different things to different people, but travel satisfies them all. When traveling, challenging yourself could be physical, such as trekking though the jungle or moving abroad, or mental, such as eating fried bugs in Asia or adapting to the traditions of your new culture. Whatever you consider a challenge, one thing is for sure. Travel will challenge all of your conceptions of what you consider conventional!

To Expand Your Perspective

Another reason why people love to travel is because it opens your eyes to ways of life that you wouldn’t have ever known otherwise. With countless new experiences, it won’t be long before you realise that the world is a lot bigger than you and there’s no one way to live life. If you’re open and willing to learn when you travel, you’ll soon return home with a wider world view and different notions and possibilities.

You can’t imagine how different another’s life is until you see it for yourself, so why not sit down for an authentic family meal with locals in Marrakesh and learn about their interests and world views?

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To Get to Know You

Ahh the ultimate travel cliche of “finding yourself.”  Although this term has become slightly overused, it is nevertheless a very important reason to travel. Getting away from home and having some time to reflect on your life is one of the best ways to learn more about yourself and what you want out of life. With all the challenges and opportunities that come your way when you travel and how you handle them, it’s no wonder that people discover skills and traits that they didn’t even know that they had!

To Help You Move Forward

Don’t we all need a break sometimes? Some time where we can escape and shut our minds off? Often, people travel when they are stuck in a rut. Think of it like writer’s block. Sometimes we just need a getaway to refresh and come back stronger than ever. Travel gives us that perfect blend of relaxation and satisfaction that we need from a break, so we can come back and accomplish greater things!

To Have Fun

I think it’s safe to say that for many of us, we travel because we enjoy it! Obviously, our travel styles will differ and the type of trip will vary between us, but when it comes down to being in a new country, we all get excited and enjoy it!

If you love to explore and discover new cities, check out the best 10 things to do in Barcelona!

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To Have the Ultimate Adventure!

To end our top 10 reasons to travel list has to be because people love a good adventure! Regardless of what your definition of adventure is, we all crave new experiences and the thrill starts when we leave our front door! Whether your adventure begins at finding your way to your accommodation or at something more daring like skydiving over the Swiss Alps, you will find the adventure in you when the opportunity arises!

So, what do you think? Why do you love to travel? We’d love to hear your reasons, whether you love to travel for the adventure, the education or the food! If you love meeting new people and sharing experiences, we have hundreds of hosts waiting to give you a local food experience. So what are you waiting for? Check out our experiences on Eatwith and share with your hosts your love of travel!