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When I went through a terrible breakup I jumped on a plane to Thailand. Three weeks later I was headed to Ireland. When I was tired of celebrating boring birthdays, I took a plane to Italy. When I quit my corporate job I left for Belize and then walked the border to Guatemala. When the friends I met in Belize decided we needed another adventure, we met up in Iceland. When my best friend decided to get married we traveled to Mexico. I ate scorpions, I hitchhiked, I cried at the Trevi Fountain when I saw it in person, I hiked Tikal, I saw the Northern Lights, and I partied surrounded by the people I love, falling even more in love.
But when I was called to Africa I had no idea how much my world was about to change. Personal growth is capped if you only do things or go places you’re comfortable with. So I got on the plane to Kenya and I widened my outtake on the world even more. In the last three years, it is the one place I have consistently traveled back to. Kenya was filled with the most extraordinary people who I got the opportunity to help. I joined an organization that helps rescue children from extreme poverty and consistently fight for the 25,000 kids who die everyday from hunger and disease and I never looked back. #ITravelBecause the most meaningful journeys last longer than a trip – they last a lifetime. Trust your journey.
A lot of people ask me why I like to travel, and my answer almost always differs. I travel to see as much of the world as possible. To open my eyes to other cultures and ways of life. To experience the beauty of nature. To meet new people. To eat everything I can. I guess in the end, #itravelbecause I love to.
Usually my parents or skeptical friends — often ask me why I can’t stay in one place. I just roll my eyes ?
what motivates me to travel is the challenge of it — physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. wandering into the unknown is like being naked. you are vulnerable and open to the world. it’s not always comfortable. you learn quickly because you have to. you don’t have the amenities of home. you are alone with your thoughts and value systems. you constantly meet new people and introduce yourselves with your passions and interests, not your occupation. “I create.” “I fight for human rights and social justice.” “I want to sell watermelons on the side of the road.” (true story — that’s my dream job in an alternate world ?)
I started traveling to escape. I never had any of the above in mind. I was a 20-year old college student with awful mental health. when I REALLY started traveling, it was for the opposite reason: to run towards the things that are most daunting for me, both internally and externally. once I finally faced up to the challenge, my travels rewarded me with some of my best friends in the world, a newfound openness to everything around me, an internal peace I had never experienced before, and amazing amounts of confidence ❤
#ITravelBecause it challenges me to engage authentically and intentionally with the world ??