Peopletravel for different reasons that include but not limited to desireto experience a whole new environment, for fun, to visit distantrelatives, and to gather some educational knowledge. Tourismmotivation is the best term that is used to describe the reason as towhy people travel. Tourism motivation serves as the driving forcebehind the intentions and behaviors of most tourists (Ryall,McLachlan, & Joll, 2009). There exist several internalpsychological factors that give rise to tourist’s motivations.These factors give rise to uncomfortable level of tensions and needsthat need to be released whenever a certain activity has been carriedout. If tourists mange to self-actualize and liberate these factors,then they can actualize their intrinsic motives and needs.
Ihave been travelling with my family for many years. Usually, wetravel during summer holidays since the weather is conducive and mosttourist attraction sites, like amusement park, have better viewduring this period. Travelling to different cities and countries hasalways left unforgettable memories in my mind. I have gathered hugeamount of knowledge on different cultures especially, during myvisits to countries around Asian. Traveling with my parents hasstrengthened our bond as a family. Often, we create photo albumsabout our trips. These albums play a key role in our lives wheneverwe feel nostalgic we take some time to experience the trips again bylooking at such pictures.
Travelingfurther give me the chance to disconnect from my regular life hence,I am able to forget some problems and issues for a while. I also takethis opportunity to figure out things that I find hard to understandwhen undertaking my normal and regular activities. This helps my mindto relax and gain rejuvenated energy to help me carry on with mydaily routines after the trip is over. It has also really increasedmy knowledge and widened my perspective on different cultures.Indeed, these trips have given me the chance to change some of myhabits as well as create one. For example, I always try new food ofdifferent cultures whenever I travel (Sass, 2013). Some cultures usespices and not oils or fats to give their food some taste, whileothers totally omit fries in their diets. I can confess that this hasbeen interesting especially, when I discover different values andhow people carry on with their lives. In addition, traveling hasincreased my resourceful since it has given me the chance of livingsituations that I have never encountered at home. As a result, I findmyself ready to embrace change and developing new ways of overcomingproblems in an easier manner than before.
Mytrip to Japan, while in middle school, remains to be one of the mostmemorable trips in my entire life. During this trip, I went alongwith my parents and we managed to visit several magnificent placeslike the Fuji Mountain and Tokyo tower. There was presence of littlesnow at the top of Fuji Mountain (Ryall et al., 2009). I keptwondering how on earth some snow still remained on the top of themountain at that time of the year (August). I also got the chance tovisit most of the famous hot springs in Japan. The tour guideinformed us that presence of many volcanoes in Japan give rise to thefamous hot springs in the country. House (2010) acknowledge thatsome of these hot springs have natural healing power. This trip alsoexposed me to several Japanese cultures most people in Tokyo areever busy.
Undeniably,I find pleasure in travelling and visiting new places and countries.It is my desire that one day I will get a chance to travel to Egyptto see its magnificent landscapes and pyramids. I would love to seethe Giza Necropolis, Abu Simbel temples and the great Pyramid andSphinx of Giza (Morgan, Lugosi, & Ritchie, 2010). I desire to seethese landscapes in order to ascertain the intelligent of ancientEgyptians. In addition, I would like to learn the history and cultureof the ancient Egyptians. This trip would be extremely different ascompared to the other trips that I have undertaken before since Egyptis one of the most civilized nations globally (McLintre, Willliams, &McHugh, 2006). Unlike Japan, most of Egyptians Inas capes have beenin existence for many centuries. In connection to this, I would notfail to take pictures of its ancient and unique landscapes as well asnote down any outstanding features of its pyramids in order to keepand refreshes the memory of this trip every now and then.
Indeed,travelling is one of the most fundamentally enriching and renewingactivity that we should adopt and embrace. It is good andrefreshening for the mind, soul, and heart (Garter & Lime, 2000).Likewise, it is good for the societies that we meet, the lesson wereceive and give, as well as for the new people that we meet (Morganet al., 2010). In connection to this, I am determined to keeptravelling and urging other to adopt travelling as part of their lifehobbies.
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