Why We Travel: Lifers

The Lifetime travels

One of the beauties of travel is there are a hundred ways to do it, all with their own benefits.  Some people travel for the weekends with their families, others travel on cruise ships, and some travel and never stop traveling.  It takes a lot of strength and courage to travel this way, but once the travel bug hits some people they stop thinking about anything else.  This is day one, and the first installment to the “Why WE Travel” week is brought to us from Caz Makepeace.  I feel honoured to have her post for me.   The places that her and her family have been, and the things that they’ve done, absolutely humbles me.  I hope you enjoy her words as much as I did:

What does travel mean to me?

I suppose I could return serve that question with ‘Well what does your breath mean to you?’ The answer simply being, the act that enables you to live. To me they are one and the same. When I am not traveling, I feel like I am not living. It feels like I’m trying to suck water out of a straw that’s filled with holes. It just doesn’t work and the harder I suck the thinner the straw becomes, and the more my chest hurts.

Travel is the running to life; every step leading to a new adventure. Every day you evolve to become better than you were the day before. You keep moving, you keep changing, and you keep growing and this is what living truly is. Travel brings down the restrictive walls of your cultural upbringing, and allows you to get out of the box to expand your horizons. Not just a physical expansion but an inner expansion of your beliefs and character.

Travel helps you to live in the moment of now, a place of total joy and enthusiasm. When you live through these emotions you can only contribute positively to the health of the planet. It is in our experience that travelers are happier, friendlier, less stressed, more tolerant, more grateful, and more compassionate.  Travel means a healthier me, a healthier you, and so therefore a healthier planet.

Author Bio:

Caz Makepeace, has been living and traveling around the world for over 10 years, with her husband Craig, and now, daughter, Kalyra.  Caz and Craig are all about the memories and living life out of the box. They share their insider tips and inspirational stories of backpacking, working abroad and world travel at their website.

You can follow their travels at: http://yTravelblog.com


Author: Brendan van Son

Author: I am a travel writer and photographer from Alberta, Canada. Over my years as a travel photographer, I have visited 6 of the 7 continents and more countries than I have any desire to count. If you want to improve your skills, be sure to check out my travel photography channel on Youtube . Also, check out my profile on . to learn a little bit more about me and my work.

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  1. Great post! I so agree with your line about when you travel, you keep changing and growing, and that travel brings down the restrictive walls of our cultural upbringings. I had that experience early on when traveling, and even though I have settled into a career (but travel as much as I can on my 4 months off a year), those benefits of travel are the ones that keep calling me. Your daughter is very fortunate to be sharing such a journey!

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  2. You put it much more eloquently than most can. I totally agree with everything you say. I know that I am most certainly a better man and all around person because of travel and what I have learned from it. I also know that my relationship with my wife is better because of our experiences while traveling. Many friends and family don’t know how we can travel for long lengths of time together without killing each other. And while we have obviously had our moments, but and large it helps our relationship so much to go through what one has to go through being on the road for a long time. Keep on traveling and keep being an inspiration!! Thanks for sharing!

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  3. Thanks Jenna and Adam! Travel can certainly create strong relationship bonds. We can look back and laugh now at some of those challenging times on the road! And it’s great to share our adventures with Kalyra now. She loves traveling as much as us.
    What career do you have that gives you four months off a year Jenna?

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