(Photo via Gal Meets Glam)
This is perhaps my favorite question to ask and be asked by others. It provokes such instant happiness for me to talk about my own travels and to live vicariously through others’ when I can’t. With everything that is going on around the world right now this question is getting, for some, a bit harder to ask of themselves. But I constantly remind myself that it is when the world feels the most dark that we need to explore the most.
Travel is not just about ticking off sites on the “must-see” list or taking photos in front of that cafe that everyone and their friend has instagrammed about. These things are great, don’t get me wrong, and you should do exactly that if you so desire. But travel is also about something deeper. It is about experiencing something different while connecting the dots on how you relate to those somewhere else. Connectivity is, for me, the greatest gift that traveling has given me.
As a natural introvert I sometimes struggle to meet new people and the idea of staying in one of those 12 bed hostels full of strangers freaks me out (so much small talk!)- but traveling causes me to push my limitations little by little towards new frontiers. I can confidently say that I am at my most comfortable outside of my comfort zone. And what I mean by that is I get antsy with familiarity and need a change a scenery perhaps more than some do. I crave learning, seeing, and most of all, feeling something new. Travel gives us that- whether it be traveling to a new part of your own city or state or backpacking around India with friends.
We should never stop exploring new places and feelings simply because others seek to spread fear. The only way that I know of to counteract fear is to experience and give kindness. We are all one big giant family on this earth, are we not? And we should never let others allow us to forget that. The whole world is out there waiting for us.
So let me ask you this: where will you travel next?