Why do I travel? What is it that makes me desire to seek out new paths, drives me to see, feel, touch, taste new things in a new place? Why do so many of us eagerly seek out the unknown places that fill the world? We watch amazing shows, read blogs, watch vlogs all in the name of fulfilling a curiosity of what it’s like somewhere, anywhere else.
“Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.”
― Anthony Bourdain, No Reservations: Around the World on an Empty Stomach
I think Anthony Bourdain says it all, it’s about the journey, the learning of lives. It fascinates me the way others live, Even more so it touches me in ways that nothing else can, opening my heart and mind to higher plains. I’ve seen first-hand others that live with so little, yet live so much more, they have an aura of simple uncomplicated happiness.
Traveling to experience the surroundings of the vast earth, enjoying every taste of some new food or engrossing myself into the culture of a “new world” is something I’ll never take for granted again. My neighborhood, my town, my city isn’t all there is out there. There truly is so much more.
Each time I explore a new place even if it’s down the street, to a new cafe or if it’s another country I always unequivocally emphatically see the world differently. It changes my view of others around me, shows me alternate ways of living, some good, some bad. Regardless of the outcome it always changes me.
I explore foods I would never consider tasting anywhere else, street food is fantastic for this. Do I get nervous I’ll end up spending the evening curled up on the floor in front of a cold toilet bowl? Sometimes but I’ve found that if you look for where all the locals are lined up to get a bite it’s likely safe. After all, no vendor will make money from getting the patrons sick. I’m always glad I’ve taken the chance to try it out, consistently the food is unique, sharing a flavor of the culture, giving me an understanding of the place I’m visiting.
“Travel changes you. As you move through this life and this world you change things slightly, you leave marks behind, however small. And in return, life — and travel — leaves marks on you.”
― Anthony Bourdain
There’s something soul filling each time I pack my bag to leave for somewhere new. An unwavering excitement, what will I learn this time? What will I be fortunate enough to taste, feel, see? It all forces me to challenge myself, pushes me out of my comfort zone closing a door and opening a window. Traveling never goes exactly to plan you have no choice but to go with the flow sometimes. Allow what happens and move on to the next thing. All while really witnessing history right in front of your eyes. No longer is it just something you’ve read about in geography or history class, it’s right there you can touch it. Your apart of the book, the experience.
The intimacy of travel allows me to reflect deep into myself, teaches me my character. How I approach a problem or deal with an unforeseen issue, it all teaches me, strengthening me. Facing unrecognized landscapes, often alone, learning to cope with being a little uncomfortable and yet finding comfort.
Losing myself in the adventure it truly the point I think, escaping into the new. Seeing all the different ways of life, instead of the ones we inevitably live, the ones we’ve been told to live. Breathing in a the scents of the place letting it fill my lungs with all that’s in the new environment. Feeling the sun, snow, rain, what ever the weather is at the time you arrive just enjoying the experience of it.
It’s all of this that pushes me repeatedly intensely to travel.
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