Throughout the past few months, our world was turned upside down with the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many lives have been lost, jobs erased, and life itself is just different.
During this time, we had no choice but to adapt and conquer. More time was spent with family, planned vacations turned into outdoor adventures, and the great people of the world came together to support those who needed it most.
The inability to travel during this time reminded me of how blessed we are to have the opportunity to see the world. This blog was written to hopefully remind you all of why we travel.
- People: Believe it or not, humans are all the same. We have different interests, figures, jobs, beliefs, etc., but our hearts all beat. When traveling, we have the opportunity to meet people from all over the world. Most times, our guard is down and our ability to open up to complete strangers is life changing. Lasting friendships are built and we end up creating a network of interesting people around the globe.
- Culture: This is the best part about exploring the world - learning about and experiencing traditions, holidays, languages, clothing, food, and everything in between. When we immerse ourselves in culture, we become more understanding and accepting. Our curiosity transforms into appreciation.
- Views: Let's face it - the world is a beautiful place. Breathtaking mountaintop views...bustling bazaars in Morocco...crystal clear waters of Bermuda...the list goes on and on. Photos are great but nothing compares to seeing the beauty with our own eyes.
- Food: Mmmm, yes. Food. I honestly believe that traveling puts a spell on us. I would never imagine trying some of the crazy foods at home that I have abroad. There is no better way to experience a culture than trying the local cuisine. So, don't be afraid to try pigeon or fried spider.
- Self-Discovery: "Travel far enough to meet yourself." - David Mitchell
- Appreciation: When we return from traveling, our home is the same as it was when we left. But we are not the same. Our minds and hearts have changed, and that makes all the difference. We appreciate all that we have and what we have experienced. Welcome to the 'new you' (until your next adventure).
I hope this post brings happiness and warmth to your soul. Let us know why you travel by posting in the comments below.
"If we were meant to stay in one place, we'd have roots instead of feet."