Travel is the general movement of human beings between different geographical areas. Travel can be done by car, bicycle, foot, plane, train, bus, boat or any other mode, with or without cargo, and may be one-way or round trip. Some forms of travel are caravanning, hiking, mountain climbing, camping, trekking, river rafting, fishing, mountaineering, paragliding, jet skiing, scuba diving, sky diving, snorkeling and surfing. There are also some types of travel that are of international or cross cultural nature, such as, Asian, European, North American, South American, Australian and New Zealand travel, cross-cultural traveling and intercontinental travel. There are also some unusual types of travel, such as; survivalism, trans-national migration, unconventional travel, traveling by bicycle in dangerous situations, self-reliance travel, hitchhiking, tent camping, horseback riding, camping in more than one location, pilgrimage travel, treasure hunting, cross-country driving and rafting, air tours, truck tours, sightseeing, and bungee jumping.
Travel enables you to meet different types of people and experience different cultures, thus giving you a better understanding of the world. There are many benefits of travel. It helps you to develop your personality, it gives you a chance to see and learn about different places, it gives an opportunity to make new contacts and strengthen your friendships, it can give you good health, it can increase your knowledge and skills, it can increase your productivity and it can reduce your stress levels. Some of the other benefits of travel include time management, financial security, improving your job satisfaction, enhancing your career development, developing spiritually, gaining greater self confidence and communication skills, gaining better interpersonal relationships, learning more about the culture of other countries, gaining more about the history and geography of a particular place, meeting other people from other countries and exposing you to a new and exciting culture and environment. Thus, travel can be termed as an opportunity for you to broaden your horizons and to learn more.
There are many different types of travel – short term travel, vacation travel, honeymoon travel, long term travel, adventure travel, backpacking, cultural and community travel, etc. However, long term slow travel is also very popular and in demand these days. Long term travel can help you enjoy a variety of different types of travel but the most important factor for the success of this type of travel is your personal motivation, which is often an integral and very important ingredient for success.