Why do we travel? #3

Posted on August 25, 2010


You know I love photography and love even more seeing beautiful pictures posted on travel blogs, Today’s blogsherpa blogger who answered my question of ‘Why do you travel?’ made me fall in love with her view of the world through her shots. Check out her blog, Destination Anywhere, for more inspiring photos.

Ragne Kabanova @ Destination Anywhere

Let’s see, the first answers popping to my head would be something in the lines of „to see the world“, „to experience different cultures“ or „to expand my horizon“. But honestly, all that falls into the category of extra perks, the main reason is still that inexplicable itch and yearning to get away and not to stay put for too long.

It might be due to my heritage, centuries of oppressed Estonians have always been farmers who rarely got out of their own villages, not to mention traveled to other countries. Maybe my genetic memory is having a bit of a social revolution of its own and creates this determined wish to be off again to make up for the lost time? Whatever the reason, i love every second of it and hope my enthusiasm will never be crippled with daily problems and family routine.

It does make for a bit of a lonely life though, because a big part of my family and friends, though absolutely cool and lovely people themselves, do not really understand why do i put all my free money into yet another trip somewhere (preferably a place without Euro or Dollar as a currency) and i still don’t have children or even a car. So being somewhat alone in that gripping endeavor, i found myself a trusted friend to give me extra motivation and most importantly – the loveliest memories ever that will last until the nuclear blast or ice age, which ever comes first. It’s my sweet sweet Canon 30D that travels with me anytime and anywhere. I can see myself forgetting to pack my passport, but never a camera.

As they said in some movie voice over once: „Time is priceless, yet it costs us nothing. You can do anything you want with it, but own it. You can spend it, but you can’t keep it. And once you’ve lost it, there’s no getting it back. It’s just .. gone.“ And how very true it is! So travel and experience, before it’s all gone.

-Text and Photography by Ragne Kabanova, hosted on www.travelwithdenden.wordpress.com