Everyone loves to travel. At least, the vast majority of people I have met claim to. More accurately said I think people want to temporarily get away from home for a spell. It doesn’t matter where home may be. All places become monotonous after a couple of years. It is invigorating to experience other cultures. Little compares to letting your hair down and getting out of your element.
I have always thought traveling abroad was much more insightful than anything I ever learned in a classroom. It not only opens your eyes to what else is out there, but also helps you to appreciate the things you already have in your life.
I have always had better chemistry with those who are well traveled. I have never been able to put my hands around why this holds true. We all naturally form bonds when we travel together. How is it that that same aura is seemingly following us around upon our return home? Are our pheromones altered whenever we cross the pond?
Very few people enjoy floating around like a feather in a dust storm, but aimless trips are some of my fondest memories. That being said, I usually forgot everything after my 8th shot of whiskey. I have usually been more concerned with finding my pants or figuring out exactly where I was in correlation to where I needed to be. Asking inconsequential questions like, “What’s your name?” or “How did I get here?” were never high on the priority list.
Narcissistic humor aside my point is that travel expands our minds, bodies, and souls. It allows us to develop new perspectives and appreciations for other cultures without any of the normal pressure. These experiences will follow you around and refine your judgement for the remainder of your life. The next time you are contemplating if you should take off. Drop what you are doing. Leave your suitcase in the closet. Turn off your cellphone. Purchase a 1 way ticket to whatever spot you have in mind. Chances are good that you’ll find yourself gone longer than you ever imagined. Chances are even better that you’ll return home with a fresh outlook on life. Happy Globetrotting.
- “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” ~ Mark Twain
- “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” ~ Augustine of Hippo
- “Not all those who wander are lost.” ~ J.R.R. Tolkien