“Travel young and travel often”
Despite the long lines and even longer wait for departure, I really enjoy airports. I am always brought to a place of reflection during the hours leading up to my next adventure. I suppose it is a combination of anticipating what is next and contentment with my present circumstances.
Just like every other airport wait, my mind began to ponder….. “Why do I choose to travel so often?”
My reasons are simple;
1. Travel anchors you in the now Have you ever paid attention to how much the mind wanders?. It is constantly drifting, skipping between past and future thoughts. Worries of tomorrow, memories of yesterday or daydreams of what could be. On the contrary, evrty time I am travelling, I find myself consumed by every moment. There is something about being in a foreign place that anchors you in the present. Whether youre in new city, gazing across an open sea, standing on the top of a mountain, drifting in the waters of an open lake or walking through the narrow allies of European cities, your surrounding demand your full attention. All your senses become alive and suddenly, all that matters, is that one moment.
2. Travel broadens your perspective My favourite thing about travelling is the people that I meet along the way. In every country I have visited, I have met a number of people that have contributed to who I am today and how I see the world. People travel from all over the world, bringing with them, different cultures, beliefs, sense of humors, sense of self, style and view of travel. I LOVE that I am exposed to so many ways of thinking and challenged by each person that I meet. The greatest gift travel has given to me, is an open mind.
3. Travel reorders your priorities. My goal in life use to be to aquire wealth and settle down. I worked long hour and some weekends to ensure I was working towards a ‘secure future’. Sure, my bank has full and I owned some wonderful things, but I was not living. Travelling will re order your perspectives and open your eyes to what counts in life. To measure your life based on the person you’ve become, the things you have seen, the wisdom you have gained, the people you have met, the places you have travelled and the life you have LIVED.
4. Travel shows you who you truly are. If we are honest with ourselves, we all have a long list of the things we think we can not do. We see ourselves through our own lense and decide the type of person we are. I thought I was so many things, until I travelled. You’ve heard the cliche “when you travel, you find yourself”, well as cliche as it is, it’s true. It doesn’t happen suddenly, rather, over time, with every person you meet or situation you face. I surprise myself everyday, I find myself doing things I thought I never could, and not doing the things I always swore true. I thought I was destined for a life on the northern beaches of Sydney, as a teacher, UNTIL I got a taste for adventure and realised how limitless life really is. Now, I have no idea where life where may take me, and that what motivates me every day.
5. Travel deepens your roots. I was certain, if I moved around enough, nowhere would feel like home. I was wrong. It has been over 10months away from Sydney and my roots are stronger than ever. I have developed a sense of pride for where I grew up and a growing love for my country.
You don’t know what you have, until it’s gone, those familiarities you learn to live without. Home is where my family and life long friends are, home is where I know my barista by name and have the comfort of a familiar face.
Travel will deepen your roots and free you, all at once. Home will always be home, no matter how long I am gone. Because of this, I am in no rush.