I was just a little girl when I found out that my grandfather had been an explorer. In the early XX Century, he traveled to remote lands – Antarctica, Borneo, North Africa, South America – his sojourns were epic. He trekked thousands of kilometres, and he painted all the wonders he saw.
I asked him about the penguins in one of his canvases, and he told me that I could go see them when I got older. My eyes went wide when I heard that, and the travel bug found a permanent home in my heart.
A stay-at-home friend recently asked me WHY I love traveling so much. I had to think for a minute. I couldn’t help her understand if I was unable to articulate WHY.. So while I pack my suitcase for tomorrow’s early morning departure to Chiapas, I’ll move over to my computer whenever I think of a way to explain. At the end of the afternoon, my packing should be done and my writing should be ready to post. Here goes!
I enjoy challenges: Travel tests me. It pushes me to accept even when I want to see change.
Learning is another reason why I love to travel. I like to experience unfamiliar foods, fiestas, markets, scenery, and – and – and. I like going home with new skills and knowledge.
Developing a wider world view: Meeting people from other places reaffirms to me that my world view isn’t the same as everyone else’s.
Expanding my perspective: When travel opens up my mind, I remember that there’s more than one way to live. I have my way and others have theirs; respect for one another is what’s important.
Getting in touch with myself: Being away from home gives me the time and space I need to let my mind wander and to reconsider the perspective I have developed.
Appreciating my life: When I’m caught up in my daily routine, it’s easy to lose sight of all I have. Travel opens my eyes to what I love about home.
Travel for me often includes a visit with family or friends. My relationships keep my feet on the ground. I need to see my favourite people, hug them and spend time with them.
Having an Adventure: Seeing new sights is exciting, and this is another obvious reason why I like travel so much. A trip is the perfect time to do something different and exciting, especially something you can’t do at home.
Escaping: I like to go to places that have a temperate climate. I have lots of sun and heat at home, although I must say a long weekend at a beach resort is something I enjoy. But, I find my true escape in museums and when I am looking at architecture.
I also believe that travel has the power to heal. Spending time in a different place works wonders. I always return home more at peace with myself and better able to cope with my next situation.
Celebrating: The best way to celebrate a happy event is to take a trip. A special occasion is made even more special by celebrating away from the hectic pace of life at home. It’s also a good way to gather family and friends from distant corners to mark milestone events.
Well, I am finished this post but my bag is not yet ready. PACKING is one part of travel I am not too enamoured of. But I had better get cracking or I will regret it. I wonder how the ladies who are joining me on the trip are doing?
(Special P.S. for F.C.) See you at 7:00 tomorrow morning. Chiapas, here we come!)