Traveling has a way of changing a person, I know it changed me. I have been very fortunate to begin my travels around the world at the young age of one. Ever since then, once or twice (sometimes thrice) a year I would pack my bags, get my passport ready, and travel to the unknown.
There’s so much to see in the world; there’s so much out there that you don’t get to see by staying in your safe place (aka your home mostly). I once traveled to South Africa where I got to see animals up close that I never dreamed of seeing ever in my life. I was able to see the beautiful Kremlin Palace in Moscow amidst the bitter cold. There’s so much to see in the world, and I never would’ve witnessed all these had I not traveled beyond the “world” I knew.
Probably my favorite part of traveling is being able to meet new people and experiencing their culture. Sometimes I can get too comfortable with my own that I forget there are many others out there. My culture, my people, and my environment is not the norm of this world. It’s an amazing experience to meet people and hear their thoughts and see a new perspective on things. It is so refreshing to experience a whole new world (cue Aladdin’s “A Whole New World” music here), and realize how colorful the world is because of these differences.
So if you’re reading this blog, I highly encourage you to travel. It is such a life-changing experience and I cannot imagine what kind of person I would be today had I not traveled and seen the world, or at least what I’ve seen from it so far.
It does not have to be far, nor does it have to be expensive. Just go. See what’s out there, and fully experience life and the world.
“I am not the same, having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.” – Mary Anne Radmacher