Travel has always been my biggest passion in life, ever since my first international trip at 12 years old.
Every trip I take, I learn something new about myself, others, and am reminded in the goodness in humanity. With every person I encounter, a new memory is made and a new friend is acquired. There’s a beautiful quote that says, “Strangers are just friends you haven’t met yet.” This is especially true of travel. You meet so many incredible souls whilst traveling, people you never would have met had you not opened yourself up to the world. This is one of the biggest reasons I travel. I don’t want to stick to the small world of my town. I want to meet new people, I want to learn from them. I want to talk about nothing and about everything. Travel enables me to do that, and I love it.
When you travel, the world becomes smaller. Cultures that you read about online suddenly become real and tangible. Things you found “weird” suddenly become normal. You eat food you’d never thought you eat, drink things you never thought you’d drink, and experience things you never imagined you’d experience. I travel to understand other cultures and other people. I travel to learn what makes other cultures happy and what they enjoy. I travel to experience what it means to be a local somewhere else.
There’s an incredible quote that says, “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” I love this quote. It sums up my biggest reason for traveling. I travel for love. I travel for the love of other people, for the love of other cultures, and for the love of myself. It’s a powerful opportunity that I wish more people took advantage of. I think the world would be so much more peaceful and tolerant if they did.