Its been over two years since I wrote a blog talking about Why I Travel, but after recent events I thought it was time again to talk about this topic. Travel and finding ones true self I think go hand in hand and my experience over the years has proven this true.
In the past few weeks the shooting in Orlando at the Pulse Nightclub, has caused many friends I know to re-examine what’s important in one’s life. Many of my friends loss those they care about, for those who did not, it brought about the stark realization that your time on earth can be gone in an instant. So what do you do with that time you have on Earth? I think every precious moment should be a fulfilled life, not one that is half fulfilled or spent living for someone else. Live for you, make yourself happy, explore all the precious intricacies that is life.
So many of us have settled in the comfort zone, a life that is filled with work allowing little time for doing things we enjoy and doing those things with those we love. Sometimes you need to just let go and experience life to the fullest. So many of us never stop to just enjoy the little things in our life; we never allow ourselves to actually live a life that we want, one in which we can follow some of the dreams we’ve always had since being kids.
Go out and explore where you live, the hidden gems you don’t notice in your hectic day. Go out explore the country and the world, visit places you’ve always wanted. Don’t let fear or other things hold you back. You have one life to live and you really should make everyday the best that you possibly can. Don’t let the stress of life get to you because just outside your door is a big world that’s ready to explore and a life that can be a little less stressful.
Another thing discovered in travelling across the country is that it has allowed myself to have an improved global perspective of humanity. Discovering what makes each one of us happy, how each of us and our differences can co-exist in one big global family of humanity.
People who don’t travel cannot have a global view, all they see is what’s in front of them. Those people cannot accept new things because all they know is where they live. –Martin Yan
There are usually five similar regrets that people have on their death-bed when they look back at their life and the decisions they have made along the way. Many everyday decisions have repercussions that can last a lifetime.
- I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself.
- I wish I hadn’t worked so hard.
- I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.
- I wish I’d had stayed in touch with my friends.
- I wish that I had let myself be happier.
So “why do I travel?” Simply put, traveling is what makes me happy. It’s what makes me feel alive. The thrill of meeting new people and seeing new places in this great big world of is something that can’t really be described until you go out and DO IT.
Travelling – It leaves you speechless, then it turns you into a storyteller. – Ibn Battuta