Wanderlove: This Is Why You Should Date A Guy Who Travels

by John Haltiwanger

If you want to be with a man who will make you grateful for every breath and moment of this beautiful journey we call life, you should date a guy who travels.

All great travelers are deeply passionate people and hopeless romantics. They're in love with life and this incredible world we inhabit.

Simply put, great travelers make great lovers. As Pico Iyer once wrote,

We travel, initially, to lose ourselves; and we travel, next, to find ourselves. We travel to open our hearts and eyes and learn more about the world than our newspapers will accommodate... We travel, in essence, to become young fools again — to slow time down and get taken in, and fall in love once more... All good trips are, like love, about being carried out of yourself and deposited in the midst of terror and wonder.

You should date a guy who travels because he'll make sure your life is defined by perpetual discovery.

Life will be an adventure.

Dating a guy who travels means falling in love with freedom and adventure.

A guy who travels will want to take you everywhere. He will revel in seeing the wonder in your eyes as you discover new places.

There's nothing that brings people closer together than being in a strange place and encountering all of its wonderful idiosyncrasies with each other.

You will never be bored with a guy who travels because he's constantly seeking novelty and excitement.

Dating a guy who travels means your relationship will be defined by experiences, not routines.

He's sensitive.

Travelers are emotional people. They feel things deeply and are inherently empathetic.

Part of what drives them to explore the world is an inherent love for people, even complete strangers.

A guy who travels will be affectionate and understanding because he generally cares about all living things. He traverses the planet because he adores it and everyone who inhabits it.

He's a good listener and communicator.

Travelers are inherently curious. They're the people who love having a good conversation. They're learners who enthusiastically absorb information like a sponge.

A guy who travels will always want to talk to you. He will constantly seek to understand you better.

Travelers understand conversation is a dance, and they'll never try to talk over you.

When you travel, you learn the most effective communication is not always verbal, either. Sometimes, body language is more profound than words could ever be.

A guy who travels will almost always be able to read how you're feeling, and he'll open up his heart and mind to you.

He'll always keep an open mind.

Traveling, above any other activity, teaches you our perspectives are a product of our environment and experiences.

A guy who travels understands not everyone sees life and the world the same way, and it's important to respect that. He accepts that what seems wrong to him, might feel right to others.

If you date a guy who travels, he won't pressure you to change your beliefs. He'll let you be you.

He's easy to please.

Great travelers aren't picky. They're not looking for luxury, just new experiences.

If you're dating a guy who travels he's most likely slept in some dubious locations and probably ate a questionable meal here or there. But he loves that kind of stuff; he's not afraid to rough it.

In other words, you can be yourself with a guy who travels, and you'll never have to stress about impressing him. He won't need you to be anything more than who are you.

He'll never hold you back.

A guy who travels is, at his core, a dreamer. He understands the importance of following your passions and the need to be independent.

He won't try to control you because he would never allow anyone to dictate his existence.

Dating a guy who travels means being with someone who respects your goals and individuality.

He's not afraid of change.

Traveling is all about change. It's about morphing our perspectives in order to grow as people.

When we travel, it's not so much where we go that matters, but what happens to us along the way.

To borrow from Henry Miller,

One's destination is never a place but rather a new way of looking at things.

A guy who travels will inspire you to go on a journey of self-discovery. He'll be your spirit guide and your counterpart in the universe.

Indeed, when it comes down to it, love and travel were made for each other.