“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” – Mark Twain
Last week I happened upon a site filled with fantastic quotations about travelling (http://matadornetwork.com/bnt/50-most-inspiring-travel-quotes-of-all-time/) and felt inspired to write about the subject this week.
Much to my great chagrin, I have not done much travelling in my life. Yet. Growing up, I always assumed that sometime between high school graduation and full-time career I would go off on an epic adventure to see the world. Then university happened, and I settled comfortably into the academic routine. I grew content with my surroundings and my desire to travel faded.
The little travel bug didn’t totally disappear though. It just started hibernating.
And then a year and a half ago, in a moment of discontent, restlessness, and anxiety, I said to a friend, “I wish I could just run away for a bit. Just pick up and leave everything behind.”
“Where would you go?” she asked.
“I dunno. Costa Rica maybe?
“Why don’t you just go? Why don’t you explore that idea?”
I had no legitimate excuse. I didn’t have much money, but I did have a career that would allow me to just “pick up and go” and work abroad.
And so I went a week later. And that month away turned that hibernating little bug into a full-fledged monster. The minute I got home again, I couldn’t wait to plan my next trip. This time around though, I knew I had to be smarter with my money. I wanted to save properly and plan to go for a longer period of time.
And then I got comfortable again. I lost sight of the travel goal.
Well no more. I am writing this post as a confirmation of my intention to get out there again.
What I realized in the brief month I was away was that I want to travel not to “get away” but to learn, to immerse myself in cultures completely different than my own, to grow as a person and give back.
I want to connect with writers from around the world face to face, not just through a computer screen.
To make this happen, I know I need to focus my energy, time, and money on this goal. I know I need to sacrifice certain luxuries for a while and be smart with my budget. But I’m learning, despite how busy life is right now, that a huge, rewarding goal in the future makes a period of very hard work very worthwhile.
How do you feel about travelling? Where have you gone? Did you have to sacrifice to make it happen? I would love to hear your thoughts.
Songs of the week:
“Feels Like We Only Go Backwards” – Tame Impala
“Lazuli” – Beach House