Why Are You Passionate About Traveling?

July 28, 2023
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Why Are You Passionate About Traveling?

We asked twelve business leaders and creative professionals why they are passionate about traveling. From travel fueling personal and professional growth to finding a source of inspiration and energy, discover the unique perspectives and experiences that fuel their passion for exploring the world.

  • Traveling Fuels Personal and Professional Growth
  • Finding a Home and Business in Italy
  • Exploring New Countries Enriches Life
  • Gaining Personal Growth Through Cultural Exposure
  • Embarking on a Digital Nomad’s Journey
  • Venturing on a Path to Unique Perspectives
  • Learning Life Lessons Along the Way
  • Inspiring Musical Introspection and Artistic Growth
  • Experiencing Cultures Through Culinary Adventures
  • Receiving Global Learning Opportunities Through Work
  • Uncovering Historical Gems Through Travel
  • Finding a Source of Inspiration and Energy

Traveling Fuels Personal and Professional Growth

Traveling ignites a passion in me. It breaks my daily patterns, allowing me to analyze my business from an outsider’s view. Being part of the free-tours movement, each trip becomes a mission to scout the next great destination.

My experiences inspire my team, driving us to innovate and help millions find the best free tours worldwide. Each journey is an adventure and a lesson, enriching not just me, but the value we bring to our global community of travelers.

Traveling, therefore, is my tool for personal and professional growth, fueling our mission, one free tour at a time.

Alexandra DubakovaAlexandra Dubakova
Head of Marketing, Freetour.com

Finding a Home and Business in Italy

When I first visited Italy as an adult in 1997, I knew “I was home.” I have been passionate about traveling to Italy ever since and have been professionally guiding travelers on small-group tours there since 2013.

I started my custom tours of Italy then and love to create customized private trips for people who don’t want to ride on a big tour bus, along with me as their private guide.

Chris TedescoChris Tedesco
Owner, Custom Tours of Italy

Exploring New Countries Enriches Life

There’s something incredibly exhilarating about stepping foot in a new country, breathing in the unfamiliar scents, hearing foreign languages, and seeing the sights that I’ve only seen in pictures before.

I’ve always been passionate about travel because it fuels my sense of adventure and curiosity. It’s a thrilling experience to explore new countries, immerse myself in different cultures, and witness the beauty of our diverse world.

Travel has taught me valuable life lessons, pushed me out of my comfort zone, and allowed me to forge connections with people from all walks of life.

It’s a constant reminder of the vastness of our planet and the limitless possibilities that await. Simply put, travel enriches my life and brings me immense joy and fulfillment.

Justin AlbertynasJustin Albertynas
CEO, Ratepunk

Gaining Personal Growth Through Cultural Exposure

Traveling is a fantastic way to analyze and develop as a person. It exposes you to new cultures, people, and ways of life. It can challenge your assumptions about the world and assist you in developing a more open and tolerant mind.

It is a fantastic way to foster personal growth and it can assist you in stepping outside of your comfort zone and learning new things about yourself. Also, it can help you in developing new skills, such as language learning, problem-solving, and adaptability.

In addition to the personal benefits, traveling can be a lot of fun and is an enriching experience that can benefit people of all ages and backgrounds.

Axel HernborgAxel Hernborg
Founder and CEO, Tripplo

Embarking on a Digital Nomad’s Journey

Passionate about traveling and living life on the road, I found myself in a homeless shelter in the Netherlands at 19. My first time living abroad was when I found a job in Romania and lived there for a year. Since then, I’ve traveled to over 20 countries and continue to live life as a digital nomad.

Currently, I am planning a road trip through Mexico and South America. Traveling has not only helped me get out of my comfort zone, but I also attribute a big part of my current professional success as a freelance marketer to traveling and exploring new cultures. That’s why I am passionate about traveling.

Aemilius DostAemilius Dost
Founder, Road to the Unknown

Venturing on a Path to Unique Perspectives

Travel does so much for me as a person and has provided me with unique perspectives and several valuable lessons.

Without travel, you miss out on so much of what is out there, and it’s difficult to consider the perspective of others as you go through life. Travel can provide so much more, like empathy for others, making you feel grateful, opening your eyes to a variety of foods and entertainment, and so much more.

I’m passionate about travel because I’ve seen what it can do for me as an individual, and I envision what it can do for others in creating a more open-minded, smart society.

Alexander BurgemeesterAlexander Burgemeester
Founder, Ireland Wide

Learning Life Lessons Along the Way

Traveling is my favorite way to keep learning! Though I’ve been done with school for years, I find myself still craving a learning atmosphere simply because I feel like there is always going to be so much more out there for me to discover.

When I travel to new places, I am able to completely immerse myself in the culture and landscape, and that allows me to expand my mindset in ways I don’t get to in my day-to-day life.

I discover new things that I like, different ways that other people live, and so much more. Whenever I return from a trip, I always feel like I come back at least a little bit transformed!

Brittany MendezBrittany Mendez
CMO, FloridaPanhandle.com

Inspiring Musical Introspection and Artistic Growth

As a DJ, my passion for traveling is deeply tied to reflection and personal growth. Each new city and crowd offers a fresh vibe and energy that shapes my music in novel ways. But beyond the immediate experiences, the real magic for me lies in the moments of quiet reflection between the rush of the journey.

Whether I’m musing on a flight or in a hotel room, these opportunities to pause and reflect allow me to process the new sounds and rhythms I’ve encountered, shaping them into my unique sound. But they also provide a time for introspection about my own journey as an artist, helping me understand my path and the direction I want to take in my music.

So, for me, traveling is not just about experiencing new places—it’s about the introspection it inspires, enriching both my personal growth and my music. That’s why I’m so passionate about it.

Will GillWill Gill
Event Entertainer, DJ Will Gill

Exploring Cultures Through Culinary Adventures

Exploring diverse culinary traditions during my travels is a hidden passion of mine. Food holds the power to reveal a culture’s history, traditions, and way of life. Whether savoring street food in Thailand, indulging in traditional French cuisine, or trying exotic dishes in Japan, each bite is an adventure.

In Thailand, I explored the vibrant street markets, relishing the flavors of aromatic spices, tangy sauces, and fresh herbs. In France, I discovered the artistry behind classic dishes like Coq au Vin, appreciating the delicate balance of flavors and techniques.

And in Japan, I embarked on a gastronomic journey, sampling sushi masterpieces and experiencing ancient tea ceremonies. Through food, I not only satisfied my taste buds but also gained a deeper understanding and appreciation for diverse cultures. It’s the perfect way to immerse myself in a new destination and create lasting memories.

Jason CheungJason Cheung
Operations Manager, Credit KO

Receiving Global Learning Opportunities Through Work

Traveling for leisure is great, but traveling for business is something I am equally passionate about. The company I launched over ten years ago was global from day one, which meant learning about and working with (and for) people all over the world.

There is something amazing about finding that someone from a totally random country finds value in what you do from your own corner of the world, and you get a very unique chance to learn about them and craft the perfect product just for them.

Dragos BadeaDragos Badea
CEO, Yarooms

Uncovering Historical Gems Through Travel

Being a history buff, I find that one of the benefits of traveling is discovering hidden gems and secrets that most people overlook. Human beings are naturally curious creatures.

Traveling satisfies this curiosity by presenting us with the opportunity to uncover the unknown and learn about places we’ve only read or heard about. Stepping into a foreign land allows me to embrace my inner Indiana Jones. (Although, the TSA confiscated my bullwhip the last time I tried to carry it on—so beware.)

For instance, here in my hometown, Fort Worth, Texas, there is a lonely historical marker on the street. Most people walk by it every day without a second look. It just blends into the scenery. However, it tells the story of a gunfight from the late 1800s. The very gunfight that caused all the spaghetti westerns to have the cowboys meet at high noon.

Every city has a unique history. Traveling makes that history come to life!

Doug StaneartDoug Staneart
CEO, The Leaders Institute

Finding a Source of Inspiration and Energy

Traveling is not just a leisurely pursuit for me; it’s a profound source of inspiration and a refreshing boost of energy. I’m passionate about traveling because it takes me out of my everyday routine and lets me explore new perspectives, lifestyles, and places. It’s like a breath of fresh air that energizes and inspires me.

Traveling is not just a way to relax; it’s an essential form of active rest. It helps me recharge and find inner peace by getting away from the usual hustle and bustle. But what really excites me is the realization that there’s so much to see and experience in the world. It would be a shame to miss out on all the beauty and opportunities waiting out there if we just stayed home.

Another thing that fuels my passion for traveling is the incredible inspiration it provides. Exploring new destinations, encountering breathtaking landscapes, and connecting with people from diverse backgrounds fill me with an indescribable sense of awe and wonder.

Marketa ChalupnikovaMarketa Chalupnikova
Co-Founder and COO, Tolgee

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