The festive season is slowly beckoning and everyone is on a last minute rush to plan for the Christmas and New Year’s break. This last minute haste brings quite some adrenaline rush in me. The thought of just experiencing another holiday is enough to put a smile on my face. I am sure I am not alone as far as this familiar felling is concern. And so the question, Why do we really, really travel?
For a majority of Kenyan the holiday is a time to spend time with our loved ones. All through the year people are busy working and making ends meet leaving no time for families get-togethers’. The December holiday’s has the highest number of parties, from the end of year party at the office, the family get together, the many weddings and off course, the reason to travel and enjoy being away from the office or our everyday life.
Traveling helps me to find myself. I enjoy meeting so many different people and getting to learn about them. This is especially so when I get to travel solo. Solo traveling does not necessarily mean you are traveling alone but with a group of people that you’ve never met and do not know. Along the way one gets to know the person seating next to you in that tour van, plane, bus or train. Sometime the many people one gets to meet while on travel may become create life time relationships and friendships. One can also solo travel across the country, enjoy the sceneries in the various locations, from the wildlife of Maasai Mara, the various parks spread across the country, the beaches along our Coast line, the various lakes across the country, hike our mountains or just get to enjoy the many facilities that offer an array of activities, variety of foods, memorable accommodation experience or just one that offers a relaxing atmosphere.
I love to travel for a number of reasons. First of all, I enjoy a change, any kind of change, every now and then. I guess that’s why my parents always took us upcountry every holiday. The fun of being away from the city is probably the most exciting time of my life. Upcountry those days was quite humble. Those early days of traveling remain to be an interesting part of me. Explains the reason why any opportunity to travel is always welcome to me.
The other reason why I travel is to learn new cultures. The first time I traveled to the Maasai Mara, and got a chance to visit the Maasai Bomas and learn their culture was nostalgic. They (The Maasai), charge a minimal fee that goes to expanding their various community developments. A visit to just about every part of Kenya will have one learning much about Kenya’s diverse cultures.
Finally why do we really travel?
Well, at least I have listed a few reasons why I travel. Create time this festive season, and get to enjoy the beautiful locations across beautiful country.