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On the edge of adventure

I’ve been asked several times why I’m planning to travel around the world; what’s a good reason to travel? Everyone has a different reason to travel. Some of many, some have few. Some have no reason at all. There’s no single reason why I should travel, so here’s my best list:

1. To get inspired.

As a graphic designer, I’m always thinking creatively. As a person, I’m always interested in understanding and seeing new things. Lots of people travel the world on a budget to “find themselves” or gain some higher truth about their being. Sure, that’d be nice. But I’m really just looking forward to discovering inspiring stories, histories, cultures & art.

2. To prove to myself that I can do it.

If I can do this, I can do anything. Maybe it’s a dangerous philosophy (and I don’t doubt that I can do it), but I’d like to come out of this RTW trip with the affirmation & knowledge that anything is possible.

3. To see and experience different cultures.

I’ve always been a reader. And sometimes a dreamer. Now I’d like to be a do-er.

4. To eat.

Food’s important. A boy’s gotta eat, right? I’ve always been a believer in experiencing the culture of a place through its food. That’s why supermarkets and grocery stores will be a stopping point as I travel around the world.

5. To meet new and interesting people.

Something I’ve figured out recently is the value of talking to strangers. Everyone’s got a story and who’s to say it’s one not worth listening to? It’s also a great way to meet like-minded individuals such as all the other travel writers & travel bloggers out there on their own big trips.

Are you planning to travel around the world? Read my summary post after I traveled around the world with $20,000 for over 15 months: How far will $20,000 take you?

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  2. travel for all those reasons that you’ve mentioned and most importantly, to enjoy life!

  3. For me its 3 and 4.

  4. All great reasons! #4 is definitely my favorite reason! =)

  5. Mel

    You are truly inspiring Adam! If you have any advice on Mexico please let me know as I am heading off there in one month on a solo mission!


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  7. Adam

    Shopping is a great reason to travel! But it can get expensive, yeah?

  8. Janice

    Since you've pretty much summed it all up, then mine is an excuse for shopping (http://siemreap.info/shopping/). I want to see what the other parts of the world has to offer. Just the thinking of our diverse cultures and tastes makes me very excited.

  9. Adam

    Hi Deirdre! Thanks so much for getting in touch. I'll definitely contact you once I get to Cambodia. Cheers!

  10. Deirdre

    We are very part time neighbors of your relative, Ann P, in Middletown. Most of the time we live in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Contact us if you're passing through there (we have a prospective BU student in our house, too):

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  12. Adam

    SE Asia seems like a great place to stay & work on your dreams—whether writing a book or starting an Internet business.

  13. unbjames

    I'm gearing up for my trip to SE Asia to sample the end lifestyle (long-term travel when I desire it) I want as I begin to plan my internet business over this year.

  14. Adam

    Thanks, Mark.

    Most of the time when people ask why I want to travel, I just say something along those lines, but for more pesky folks it's nice to have a clearly defined, point-by-point list!

  15. I think your reasons capture travel well. In my humble opinion, it is all about broadening your horizons and your reasons say that well.

  16. Adam

    I'm with you – “you don't need a reason to go traveling” but it helps to lay 'em out just in case.

  17. You don't need a reason to go traveling. But, these are good reasons.

    I particularly like #4. ;)

  18. Adam

    Eating is important. And delicious.

  19. #4 is one of my favorite :)

  20. Adam

    I could've written hundreds of reasons, but sometimes you really don't need a defined reason to just go and do something. It helps convince others that what you're doing is okay, though.

  21. Excellent reasons, and there's so many more that come under the “well, obviously” category. I couldn't help but write one of these great lists too, but I put 17 reasons down (went a little overboard). Have fun out there, Adam.


  22. nancythegnomette

    Awesome reasons. I think #1 and #3 are my top reasons. I hope to never stop traveling. I want to be a crazy old backpacker lady pushing her walker down the streets of Ulaanbaatar. lol

  23. Adam

    What? You don't like to eat?!

    Just kdding. Also, I've never seen a crazy old backpacker lady. That would make for an interesting blog no doubt!

  24. Adam

    Yeah, I'm a little worried about becoming addicted to travel. I've only got so many funds! Plus, there's lots of things to still see and do here in the US.

  25. Adam

    Sounds amazing! I hope my travels will provide me with as many exciting opportunities & adventures.

  26. Adam

    Thanks Doug! I could probably come up with another 100 reasons why it's a good idea to travel.

  27. Joya

    I agree with every single reason. I found a career I love because I went to go live work abroad in London, love trying new foods and now have friends from all around the world, including one from Australia who is coming to visit me this week.

  28. Doug

    Very cool, Adam. All equally great points, in fact one doesnt out weigh the other! Looking forward to following your RTW trip.

  29. Excellent reasons to travel. My big one when I left Canada was to prove to myself and everyone else that I could do it! I think people had bets out on how long before I came running home, tail between my legs. ;)

    You're going to have so many awesome experiences and it really will change the way you see the world and the people in it. Travel is addicting, though!

  30. Adam

    So true! Though I think that's less likely to convince my parents I'm doing the right thing.

  31. Reason #6 – Why not????
    I find it funny that so many people ask me why I'm traveling somewhere, as if it's not enough to just want to go :)

  32. Adam

    Punching is an important part of any conversation I have where someone tries to tell me something I can't do. And a kick to the shin. Or a headbutt.

  33. #2 is my favorite. Whenever anybody says I can't travel for life, I feel compelled to prove them wrong. And then punch them.

  34. Adam

    haha calm down little monkey. You're all good in my book.

  35. Cornelius Aesop

    Sweet, I don't even want to think of such evils in the world. You humans eat each other, you are vicious savage cannibals. Yet if you eat a monkey you are eating some culinary delicacy? I still say savage monsters they don't count as #5

  36. Adam

    Yeah food always makes for an interesting experience. One thing I can almost categorically state I will NOT eat would be monkey brains. So you're safe!

  37. I wish I can have that option. Maybe in the future to come. :-)

  38. Cornelius Aesop

    Great list, but I think4 is the best. I'll be interested to see what cultural culinary conquests you embark on during your travels.

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  40. Adam

    Thanks Keith. I'm definitely more than excited!

  41. Adam

    I eat out all the time already (bad Adam!) but the excuse to do it now is definitely a good one!

  42. Sounds like very good reasons to me! You will be inspired, you will be able to do it (easy!), you will see the world through different eyes when you're done, the culinary experiences will be diverse & you will be meeting loads of people! All the best!


  43. Those are all fantastic reasons to travel! Meeting interesting people is one of my favorite things about traveling. And the excuse to eat out all the time. I'm sure you will not be dissapointed.

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