Why Travel?

It’s expensive, it separates you from loved ones, removes you from familiar surroundings and often plants you in dangerous situations. Wouldn’t it make more sense just to stay home, save your money, buy a house and ‘settle down?’ 

Perhaps, for some.

But, for others: to travel is to live.

American writer Bill Bryson said it best:

“To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.” 

Travel, indeed, life is about experiences, isn’t it?

Experiencing something you’ve never experiences before. Whether that be connecting with a person of different culture, tasting an exotic food, seeing a natural wonder or just ‘being’ in a place which assaults your senses – travel is experiences.

Experiences which enrich your soul and make yours a life worth living.

The video below was taken in India last year. I rode a Royal Enfield from the small mountain town of Manali to Leh, just south of China; just east of Afghanistan. The moment in this video came after two days of riding through sleet and rain along the highest motorable roads on Earth. Upon making the mountain pass of Rohtang La (3,980 metres above sea level) I commenced my descent down the other side. My head ached from altitude sickness, face stung from the wind, knuckles ached from gripping the handlebars and my feet were so cold and wet that frostbite was a serious concern. Then, in an instant everything changed. The sun burst out from behind the clouds, the mountains lit up with beauty that could not possibly be articulated with words. I pulled over to appreciate the moment barely noticing I was standing in ankle deep snow melt, which had taken over the road.

That moment is captured in this video.

I wish you as much joy in finding your wow moments 🙂


Written by Chris Ball for AdventureHoney: safely find & book the best tours & activities in Asia.

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