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  1. People travel because they want to see the world. Sunsets and sunrises are quite different everywhere, and besides them there are still a lot of differences, even if we are talking only about nature. Traveling means not only swimming, but also climbing mountains, wandering through deserts, and dipping your hands into the scalding surface of icy lakes. It's seeing amazing places. I, for one, would never have thought how beautiful the tundra can be if I hadn't seen it with my own eyes. Traveling is about overcoming yourself. There is a difference between travel and tourism. Well, such an intuitive one. If tourism doesn't involve overcoming, then travel does. This is personal growth.

    Then. Travel isn't just about nature. These are people. Other people who are very different from the ones you are used to seeing at home. A different way of life, way of thinking, other stereotypes, other stories, signs. Different views on everything. It is very interesting to study it. Any culture contains an abyss of such small chips. Communicating with representatives of other cultures, visiting their countries, seeing how they live, you can accept certain features of them, thereby becoming richer, much richer internally.�

    Travel changes people. Their eyes light up more brightly, their thoughts come into order, their lives are filled with meaning, their actions and actions acquire a certain astringency. It doesn't make sense to understand all this intellectually, you need to feel it, try it. There is a huge difference between reading a book and experiencing the events described there directly.

  2. You might as well say that “a palm tree is no different from a birch tree, because this and that is a tree” or “why do I need a bicycle if I have skates”. You know, there is a difference. Sand in the Maldives is not the same as in a sandbox in the yard. The Black Sea, the Red Sea, the Dead Sea, and the East Siberian Sea are fundamentally different things, although they are called by the same word. Travel is an experience, an opportunity to see the diversity of the world, try and experience something new, get acquainted with the culture of other peoples. It develops your horizons, intelligence and brings unprecedented sensations. The world is so big and different that not seeing even a thousandth of it means not living at all, not living fully.

  3. Even if you drive 100 kilometers away from your city, everything is different. Yes, even in the neighboring village to visit-and it expands the horizons. Not to mention being on a different continent, in a different culture, in a different climate zone, in a different landscape. This enriches our experience. Books also enrich no less-otherwise. If you read a book about sex, you can learn everything about it in technical terms, but not even a little bit of what it is in sensual terms. In a global sense, yes-everything is the same everywhere, and although the sunsets look very different, but the Sun always sinks below the horizon, always round, and always in the west. But the same can be said about any experience in our lives, in addition to the necessary ones for survival. Why do we need everything? Why meet new people, why learn something new from books, why be interested in anything at all? In addition, as you have already been told, there are very different people everywhere, and this is perhaps the most interesting thing. Communicating with real people, rather than reading something about them on the Internet or listening to them on TV, is an invaluable experience that helps you understand that in fact, in their human essence, everyone is the same, and there are no villains or fools or saints and smart ones. But in its manifestations, human culture is infinitely diverse due to the huge number of different factors that influenced its formation.�

    At the same time, despite all the above, I do not believe that a person cannot be interesting, adequate and worthy without traveling around the world. It may well have the right not to want to leave your favorite places and focus on expanding your horizons in some other areas. But it is good to understand that this is only a personal choice. As Viktor Tsoi said: “People can't think alike, but they should understand each other.”

  4. The question is addressed to people, and the author should understand that the answer from everyone will be purely individual, so do not expect someone to answer this question for you.
    To begin with, each person has their own sense of usefulness, which changes under the influence of a different number of factors. Someone will see the Colosseum / Pyramids / Louvre and say “not so good” (he was like this in 15-17 years), and someone will be delighted, touching what he previously saw only in pictures. In addition, there is a certain factor that you pull yourself out of your comfort zone, trying to somehow communicate with the new world around you (look for the road, try to speak a language unfamiliar to you, meet new fellow travelers, and much more). This leads to the fact that a person forms certain impressions when a range of impressions, emotions, and memories is added to the information message (yes, it can be obtained simply from the Internet).

    Well, there is also such a factor as the daily surrounding reality. In big cities, if you have the desire and money, you can make your life very diverse if you meet someone new at least once a week or two, try something, go somewhere. Although, going back to the beginning of my answer, I repeat: it depends on how much a particular person wants it.

  5. In our age of legitimacy of burning salaries in jet fuel, your question will not be particularly welcome here 🙂

    Travel has not always been a morally approved way of entertainment. A couple of centuries ago, when people weren't as mad about fat as they are now (let me remind you that Instagram is now almost a billion people), travel was the lot of those who could benefit from it not only for themselves, but also for others.

    Quote from Yu. N. Harari's “A Brief History of Mankind”: “Romanticism with its love of diversity is perfectly combined with the postulates of consumerism. Their marriage created an inexhaustible market for “impressions”, on which the modern tourism industry is based ( … ) By consuming impressions, we supposedly expand our horizons, realize our potential and become happier. Accordingly, when a millionaire wants to establish a relationship with his wife, he takes her to Paris for a luxury weekend, and this trip reflects not some extraordinary and purely personal desires, but a fervent belief in the myth of romantic consumerism. It would never have occurred to a rich ancient Egyptian to solve a relationship crisis in such a way — to take his wife to Babylon, for example. He would have built her the magnificent tomb that she has always dreamed of.”

    P. S. Personally, I believe that in the course of increasing globalization (the Internet, the unification of currencies, etc.), the world will become so homogenized that there will soon be nothing to look at. This is already true for people (all people are about the same everywhere, according to A. Lebedev), and it may soon become true for people's creations. The pendulum will swing in the opposite direction and again it will become fashionable to look for answers to questions not in the outside world, but inside yourself. Just like in ancient Greece 🙂

    P. P. S. Well, answering the question all the same: travel is just one of the types of stress relief + distracting yourself from an existential crisis. A person in meditation, for example, or just in harmony with himself and the world will not think to go to Barcelona or the tundra to refresh their impressions. Its “glass” is already clean enough to see the beautiful and new even when you go to the bakery. (I'm not talking about myself in any way, I just know how it happens.)

  6. Well, apparently not all people want to travel. Someone has an unbearable itch to travel, someone is lying in front of the TV and watching “Heads and Tails” (and what other programs about travel there) thinks that he has already seen everything and it's stupid to spend money and time on trips somewhere.�

    But there are a lot of such people in which the traveler and tourist are still just napping and one “kick” is enough for him and that's it !!! The travel virus is activated !!!

    Everyone decides for themselves. But we must understand that any trip, even if it is not far away, and inexpensive, is still a new experience, new impressions, new acquaintances again. And besides, viewing attractions on TV or on the Internet is one thing, but in real life – it's completely different.

    In addition, the very atmosphere of new places. Smells, sounds, tastes, pace of life !!! How can it be transmitted on TV or other people's stories? And besides, a person-traveler already looks at the world in a completely different way, at other races and nationalities. Life is better when there is something to compare with, when there is something to remember and share!!

    Travel, gentlemen, travel� !!! Although it's up to you to decide….

  7. 150+ years ago, before the spread of steamboats and railways, travel really broadened the mind and was a source of adventure. Another thing is that today you don't even need to be a very rich person to get to another part of the world – just spend a certain amount of time selecting and connecting low-cost flights. And “travel”, which is more correctly called tourism, has become a very profitable business.

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