Travelers grow and evolve over a period of time. The desire to experience different things, new cultures and places is a very strong motivating factor for a traveler. He looks forward to his next adventure and to exploring a new destination. When a traveler stops traveling, a certain part of him dies – sometimes when we get very old it becomes physically impossible to travel; other travelers may retire prematurely when they settle down to raise a family or become absorbed in a career. In addition, some people go to the same place year after year for their annual holiday – that becomes their comfort zone. As an example, I know some middle-aged ladies who have traveled to Negril, Jamaica every year for the last 15 years but really haven’t been anywhere else in Jamaica or in the Caribbean. Negril is their comfort zone. Their sense of adventure got lost at some point in their lives. Travelers they are not.
On the other hand, I am a bonafide traveler. After getting my baptism in 1973 on a 3-week adventure to Mexico, I have kept growing over the years as a traveler. While I often return to some of my favorite haunts, I always make it a point to explore some new places and destinations. I never remain static. In 1995, I traveled to West Africa and in 2001, I began traveling to Thailand and Southeast Asia. In my 7 trips to Thailand, I have traveled all over the country and every time I go, I make it a point to check out some new places – whether it be Sakaeo, Koh Jum , Khao Sok or Sanghklaburi. In 2007, I made three trips – late March, I spent 10 days in La Manzanilla and Barra de Navidad on Mexico’s Costa Alegre; in late August, I traveled to Peru and Ecuador in South America and in November, I returned to Thailand.
Coming up – in November 2008, it’s back to Thailand, then I am off to Malaysia for the first time. I guess you can say that I am a traveler.