There are a lot of reasons to travel, and one that regularly tops the list is the need to just get away. There is a lot to getaway from: work responsibilities, busy schedules, your hometown, cold and snow, and stress. But do you sometimes travel to get away from your normal self?
In a recent article on LandLopers, Matt Long proposes that many travelers throw their usual inhibitions out and say yes at the chance to bungee jump off a stadium in South Africa, when “the thought of a nearby bungee spot has honestly never occurred to me,” he said.
Call it crazy, courage, flexibility, or open-mindedness, the idea is that these traits increase while inhibitions, fears, and walls come down when we are traveling.
Why is it that people are suddenly more eager to try activities, food, and experiences when they are farthest from home? And does it start the moment of getting off the plane or a day or two into the trip?
We see this in Bocas del Toro with Resort guests who might otherwise be petrified of heights who end up wanting round-2 on the Zip Line Canopy Tour (we don’t need to discuss some first-hand experience with this one). Others, typically uncomfortable with swimming can’t get enough snorkeling time with neon fish, large starfish, and harmless sharks in the vibrant coral reefs.
For others, it is hard enough to get on the intimate domestic flight to Bocas, where there is a beautiful chance to appreciate local Caribbean lifestyle without a “super” shopping center.
Perhaps that’s why guests appreciate the villas and private pools so much–there are plenty of thrilling and new fish, hikes, waves, food, villages, vistas, people, tropical wildlife, and natural attractions to encounter during the days, that it is nice to relax in a place that feels like home at night. Unwind on the sofa, patio, or by the pool–while charting the next day’s possibilities.
It is probably good for us to travel and discover these new sides of ourselves. It can bring our everyday selves and the inner adventurer closer together.
What have you overcome while traveling that you wouldn’t have otherwise?