WHY TRAVEL?

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  1. Marlon Lobo says:

    Great article Kaine and I whole-heartedly agree. I too, have a pretty similar view but after taking my year off in 2013/14 and travelling around the world – and now settled after 18 months – I kinda understand other people’s reasons to not travel…yet.

    I call it a "Time in your Life." Some may call it a phase (and you (we) may have many travel phases in our lives). (Excuse the many parentheses to get my view across).

    Back to phases. Before moving to NZ at the young age of 13, I had spent a huge part of my life in planes travelling back and forth from India to Bahrain and Abu Dhabi. I was the ‘accompanied-minor’ – the kid that got to hold the air hostess’ hand (ooh la la) whilst she walked me down the aisle to my allocated seat by the window. In addition, we got to travel a lot to countries like the UK, USA, Singapore, Australia and many other parts of India. Phase 1.

    So….after moving to NZ, I think I told myself that that was it. No more travelling. So I started from scratch. Found new friends, got a degree, a job, established myself in the North Shore and Central Auckland as a bass player for a few bands and as a DJ too. There were a couple of trips to Aussie along the way but not holidays or the experience of travelling as such. Then, one day in 2012, we decided to go on a journey to Croatia for a music festival. End of Phase 2.

    That festival, and another 10 day holiday on Havelock Island (India) sparked my interest to travel again. And so, whilst ironing my business shirt the Sunday after I arrived home from the Havelock Island trip I realised, "What the fuck am I doing?" and started the process of taking a career break and travelling the world. Start of Phase 3.

    "What the hell are you doing?"
    "Why?"
    "Are you crazy?"
    "You have a great career ahead of you, why now?"
    etc etc

    But I just did it. It was my ‘time in my life’ to do it. Some people change careers. Some people buy expensive convertibles. (let’s be clear, I did not have a mid-life crisis).

    What I’m trying to say is that, people take different journeys in life and may not have any desire to travel yet but they will, at some stage (phase) in their lives. Maybe after they finish high-school (common gap-years), or after uni, or after they get married and have kids (+18 years later) or in some cases closer to retirement.

    Most people should travel at some point in their lives. One would argue that some NZ’ers may never travel past the general Australia, Fiji, Pacific region ever – but at least they go somewhere. I just hope that some have the courage to take a step further out of their comfort zones. It’s a huge leap for some people for sure.

    I agree with points 1-10 too – there are probably more but my brain is switched off and can’t think any further right now.

    Nice work Kaine, keep writing.

    M

    • Kaine Harris says:

      Thanks for the comments Marlon. Some interesting thoughts you’ve mentioned there.
      – K