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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  • I love experiencing new things but mostly traveling allows me to experience myself. You push yourself and your boundaries when you travel. Something about it makes me feel free and alive. Bump a weekly routine and take a shortcut on a path, eat something crazy, watch the sunset and see new constellations. I loooooove traveling.

  • MK

    meeting new people ans learning about their culture

  • Karen

    I love to travel to see all of the different cultures and history! Meeting people and seeing land where wars were fought and stories were created is just so invigorating for me! For all of you travel loving people out there you should try this new app! Its called Goba and thankfully its free! Its great for organizing and I love it. They are doing a $500 Southwest giveaway this month so now is the perfect time to try it! Here is the link if you want more info:http://engage.goba.mobi/southwest-giveaway/ Happy Travels!