The why of travel

What is your intention behind your travel

This past decade has undoubtedly been an era different from all the years before it. And not in a way that differentiates most years from each other. If anything, stylistically and aesthetically, the past decade has been notorious for borrowing from the past. The reason our present is so different is because of our collective mindset. With the onset of the Internet, we have all of the information that has ever existed right beneath our fingertips. We are also expressing ourselves in ways that have not been possible in eras previous to now. We are more aware of every decision we have ever had to make, now more than ever. We breed self-awareness, which affects every aspect of our lives. Consciousness is our new way of living.

Which is why it even affects how you travel. If you think about it, travel can be a form of personal exploration, a form of managing different parts of your life, including relationships, your carbon footprint, time management, lifestyle, and much more. Since travel affects so much about us, becoming more aware of various aspects of it is a logical approach to take. Transformational travelling may be your answer to that.

What is Transformational Travel?

Transformational Travel Council defines it as – “Transformational travel is intentionally travelling to stretch, learn, and grow into new ways of being and engaging with the world.”

The tagline of this concept is, “our journeys change lives.” Transformational travel, at its core, is experiential travel. On the surface, it may project the image of wanting to live like a local who belongs to every place one travels to, under the guise of being ‘authentic’, but it is so much more than that.

Transformational Travel makes you rethink why you want to travel in the first place. You choose and understand your reasons for doing what you do, and they allow you to understand your destination and look at it with purpose. Focusing on the ‘Why’ and ‘How’ instead of the ‘what’ and ‘where’ – it is basically travelling from the inside-out.

This philosophy invokes similar sentiments to the quote “it’s not the destination, it’s the journey.” Focusing on the process rather than the product will lead to a hopefully positive transformation, which happens on a spectrum, with no linearity.

What will this change bring you

It will get you out of your comfort zone, quite literally – as it allows you to leave the sweet yet limiting confines of your own home. This is especially relevant in a time where your home is all you have and the only place many believe to be safe. Over time, we as a people will need to fight the fear of the outside, for which transformational travel is a perfect choice.

Transformational travel is at its core, something that will help you delve into introspection. With every overwhelmingly simple or beautiful thing that surrounds you, you will look into yourself to appreciate what you see and feel, which will keep you more in touch with your likes and dislikes, your ability to appreciate, and in turn, who you are as a person.

It also tests your ability to care. While your surroundings may be sculpting you into who you are supposed to be, you are also actively affecting your environment, which helps you understand your responsibility to the world. It will hopefully help one understand all that they can do to make the environment a little more safely for oneself and the world.

Many say that transformational travel will help you let go of your past, but it needs to be understood that it is not going to make you forget your past. If anything, the amount of introspection that transformational travel brings about will only make you revisit certain aspects of your past. Instead of forgetting about it, hopefully, you will understand the effect your past had on the person you are today, and will help you come to terms with the person you will be in the future.

The idea of a transformational journey, excluding the actual journey, acts as a sign of initiative from your side. The fact that you are willing to go on such a trip means that you are willing to look past whatever adversity you are going through, take the required steps, and in the end, change your life.