What inspires you to travel?Do you have a wandering spirit? Are you always itching for your next trip?

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Over the weekend I attended the L.A. Times Travel & Adventure show, which brings together tourism boards, travelers, journalists, and those who want to hit the road.

If you’ve never been to a travel show it’s basically a huge travel commercial, complete with zip lining, rock climbing, ethnic foods, and dancing. Whether you’re interested in international trips or local excursions, you can find just about anything on the floor of a travel show.

As I went from booth to booth, I struck up conversations with tour operators, members of various tourism boards and fellow travelers (and wannabe travelers). Although the room was FULL of diverse people from all around the world, we all had one thing in common: a love of traveling.

While I was in awe at the sheer numbers of people itching to hit the road, I wondered what their motivation was for traveling. Are they just tourists who like to hit the well-known spots, or are they seasoned travelers who long to experience the “real” culture of a local place? Either way, every person I encountered had an insatiable appetite to see the world.

As I previously mentioned on my travel blog, Trippin’ on the Weekend, I was inspired to travel by my parents who took me and my brother on several trips when we were young. Although we didn’t have a lot of money, we still packed up the car or hopped on a plane and saw something more than our neighborhood.

Now that I’m a mother I’m inspired by my son. I want to show him, just as my parents did, that there is more to the world than what he sees each day.

But enough about me…what inspires you to travel? 

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