Ever since I can remember I've loved travelling. Discovering new places, and experiencing different cultures has always fascinated me. From the first time I left my home country, I have felt at home wherever I went - regardless of how much of a misfit I was there. My eagerness to learn what I could about this new place overtook my fear of being surrounded by so much unfamiliarity; I would try my best to catch every sound, and take in everything I possibly could with my eyes before I had to look away and keep moving.
It hadn't occurred to me that not everyone feels this way until a friend asked me,
"How do you do it? How are you so comfortable living among strangers in a foreign land? Don't you get scared at all? Don't you hate the feeling of being away from everything that's so familiar to you?"
I couldn't have been more surprised by anything than I was by this line of enquiry.
"Of course not!" I replied.
Despite our different perspectives, I wasn't put off by his questions. If anything, I admired his honesty. In fact, he made me look at what I love to do from a different perspective. Since then, I've had similar conversations with a number of different people which has made me more intentional about making a mental note of my travelling experiences. I decided to share what I have picked up along the way with you, so as to give you a more accurate picture of what it's really like to go out there and explore as often as I do. 😊
Homesickness is one of the things about travelling that has made me appreciate my home country the most. There are small things that I would've never thought to thank God for if it hadn't been for my time spent away from home. Even the simple act of sharing a joke with a friend about our childhood that only someone I'd grown up with would understand has come to mean more to me than I can explain. I am also more sympathetic towards foreigners in my country now - even though they are sometimes treated better than locals are (something that really needs to be corrected). It's not easy being so far away from home, and I wouldn't want to be the one to make that any harder for them.
In conclusion, travelling has opened my mind to a new way of thinking! 🤔I am now aware of so many different ways of doing and saying things. My priorities have changed, and all these cliché sayings about the best things in life being free are not so cliché anymore - at least not in my book. Time spent with a loved one, a kind word from a stranger, a smile - these things, I've learnt, mean so much more than we realize.
Yes, choosing to travel as often as I do can be scary, but isn't every great decision? That's what makes it so great - the fact that we choose to say "Yes!" or "No!" despite how scary they appear to be! Travelling is life-changing. It has forced me to grow in ways I never even imagined I could. And that's why I'll keep saying yes to every opportunity to travel that comes my way.
With that said, I'll see you on the next car, bus, train, or plane that's headed in the direction of a new adventure. 😎✈
I find it easier and more effective to write down how I feel rather than to say it.
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