Why I travel

5 Jul

I like the jet lag that follows when you return from a great trip. Even though you’re home, you’re not all back mentally. You’re in limbo – a part of you still wants to be on vacation and the rest is trying to catch up with real life. Jetlag lends to nights of insomnia which surprisingly become great times of reflection. As I spend the odd hours of the early morning uploading pictures, I revisit some great moments from the trip. I am happy.

I travel as much as my vacation time allows me. It became a passion (an addiction maybe) that year in 2007 when I traveled to Central America for the first time. I traveled alone, did not know Spanish, and felt completely out of my element. I was so intent on challenging myself, discovering new areas of personal growth that I stayed despite feeling homesick at some points. It turned out that living there for two months actually fed my curiosity, and the travel bug bit me hard and I wanted to see and experience more.

I travel for many reasons, and ultimately they point towards the same thing: creating my own adventure. Striking up a conversation with a stranger, walking into new neighborhoods typically lead you to a new unknown. It’s exciting, and nothing is truly predictable. If you believe in fate and feel like actions have consequences, becoming open to travel is in a way like testing your fate. You allow Mother Nature, God, the Karma gods or whoever you believe in to take control. The result? More often than not, fellow travelers become new friends. The strange fruit you’ve never tried before turns out delicious. The other path on the fork of the road actually leads to something more exciting than on your guidebook. Like fate, it’s not all positive. Sometimes things happen for no apparent reason. Still, it’s unexpected and leaves you wanting to experience more.

And that is why I love to travel and why I won’t stop traveling, and it’s to get that feeling of newness and excitement over and over again.

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