Travel

If you’ve been hesitating, hesitate no more…buy that ticket! You’ll see, it’s pretty easy and it can be very freeing.

Traveling is simple and wonderful. It’s a way to make the most out of life. It opens our eyes to a whole new world and makes us better appreciate the life we have.

I’m not one of those people who buys a plane ticket one day and becomes a veteran nomade the next. I like the feeling I get as I return home. The desire to relive that feeling is what motivates me, in great part, to leave in the first place.

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To be honest, I’d be worried if I didn’t look forward to returning home.  I think it’s normal to want to return to the life we’ve built and cherished.  Whether it’s a little thing, the company of a pet, good food, or longtime friends… I’m happy to find myself amongst them, once again. Perhaps nothing changed, yet my heart has grown fonder. That’s what travelling does to you. It opens your eyes and makes your heart grow. It makes you want to reach out to people and lend them a sympathetic ear. It cradles your thoughts. You come back with a renewed sense of curiosity. You become a little more understanding and at peace with the world. In other words, it makes you appreciate life. At least, it does for me.

That’s also why I look forward to leaving again.

I learned that I need very little in terms of material belongings. Some of the happiest moments of my life were those where I was surrounded by people I love; those where I exceeded myself both physically and psychologically; and those where I carried everything I needed upon my back as I traveled in distant lands.

A simple backpack. That’s when you realize how much useless stuff you have in your life! Awareness is inevitable. 45 days, 45 nights, enough money for lodging, one backpack. That’s it, that’s all! I lacked for nothing.

That puts a lot of things into perspective.

Nowadays, self-examination takes courage. It’s easy to put blinkers on and say: I’m fine just the way I am. So, Go! If you feel stagnant, take a trip. Above all, never stop learning and discovering.

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