HOW TRAVEL CHANGES YOU
It's hard to put into words what travel does for my soul and what impact it has had on my life- it awakens something in me like nothing else I have ever experienced. Seeing the sunrise over the mountains in Mexico, or seeing the stars twinkle over ancient ruins in Rome- it truly has a profound effect on every fibre of my being. It gives me a different perspective on life and is something I will be forever grateful being able to experience. I find it such an important part of life- and it made me think of all the ways it changes you as a person. Here are a few off the top of my head:
It gives people a reason to get through the daily grind- something to work towards and dream about - especially when life gets tough. And let's face it, it's not always a walk in the park, is it?
Travel creates memories that can never be taken away. I love that no matter where I am, or what I'm doing- I can always go back in my mind and recall exactly how I was feeling when I visited that country. I could also probably recount every meal I had overseas for the last 10 years too. Wow - I sound like rain man.
You will meet people that you wouldn't normally get to meet in everyday life. I'm not sure about you, but Jase and I seem to run into the most ...."interesting" characters. Our driver in Los Angeles told us how he owned a gun and was also a mercenary. Awesome news when you are in the car with him, going at 100 miles an hour. Or the gorgeous old woman in Pasadena hospital - (don't ask) - who grabbed our hands in the waiting rooms, formed a circle (of trust) and LOUDLY sung hymns- prompting us to sing along with her. In front of a room full of sick people. Awkward is an understatement.
It also opens up communication with complete strangers when you are back home- only last week I was going to buy my favourite tea and the shop keeper mentioned something about the name of it- which started up a conversation about my last trip to Europe. Half an hour later and I had pretty much made a new friend.
In most cases, travel gives you confidence being out in the world and trying new things, seeing different cultures, going on adventures and tasting new food. It's not like I'm going to try zip lining in Sydney, am I? Ok, well maybe some of you interesting/adventurous people would- but me? Not so much. I would be too scared the person behind me is my next door neighbour and would upload the video to facebook 2 minutes later, zooming in on my colossal wedgy.
Travel creates bonds with people that are unbreakable. I think I can speak for everyone when I say: traveling with someone for a long period of time- especially in situations that aren't the most glamorous" (translation: haven't washed in 6 days and have Bali Belly) will create rock solid friendships, or at the very least- a strong bond for life. Especially if you share a bathroom- then you are pretty much a family member in my eyes.
It teaches you that you're tougher than you think. When things go wrong (and boy don't they go wrong sometimes?!) it creates situations where you have to think on your feet and adapt to whatever is thrown at you. Sure, the locals might not understand your very bad pronunciation of their native tongue or your unusual hand gestures to get to the local pharmacy (I actually once gestured by putting my arms in a cross-like signal to get to a pharmacy- it didn't even occur to me we might end up at a local church instead. I'm not even sure what the cross was signalling- some sort of holy miracle to take my stomach bug away?) Sometimes I even confuse myself.
Lastly- it gives you a really, really large credit card statement. Especially if you have a tendency to buy French candles with very fancy names.
Safe traves everyone! x