“Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.” – Miriam Beard
“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” – Henry Miller
“Tourists don’t know where they’ve been, travelers don’t know where they’re going.” – Paul Theroux
A very good friend of mine recently shared an article with me, “Why you should travel young” by Jeff Goins in Converge Magazine. I honestly feel like I have actualyl written something similar to this in my head a few times haha I’d like to share a few lines from it and you can access the whole article from the link above or by clicking the first two pictures below. I hope it hits you like it hit me.
“As we get older, life can just sort of happen to us. Whatever we end up doing, we often end up with more responsibilities, more burdens, more obligations. This is not always bad. In fact, in many cases it is really good. It means you’re influencing people, leaving a legacy.
Youth is a time of total empowerment. You get to do what you want. As you mature and gain new responsibilities, you have to be very intentional about making sure you don’t lose sight of what’s important. The best way to do that is to make investments in your life so that you can have an effect on who you are in your later years.
I did this by traveling. Not for the sake of being a tourist, but to discover the beauty of life — to remember that I am not complete…While you’re young, you should travel. You should take the time to see the world and taste the fullness of life…
Traveling will change you like little else can. It will put you in places that will force you to care for issues that are bigger than you. You will begin to understand that the world is both very large and very small. You will have a newfound respect for pain and suffering, having seen that two-thirds of humanity struggle to simply get a meal each day.
While you’re still young, get cultured. Get to know the world and the magnificent people that fill it. The world is a stunning place, full of outstanding works of art. See it.
You won’t always be young. And life won’t always be just about you. So travel, young person. Experience the world for all it’s worth. Become a person of culture, adventure, and compassion. While you still can.
Do not squander this time. You will never have it again. You have a crucial opportunity to invest in the next season of your life now. Whatever you sow, you will eventually reap. The habits you form in this season will stick with you for the rest of your life. So choose those habits wisely.
And if you’re not as young as you’d like (few of us are), travel anyway. It may not be easy or practical, but it’s worth it. Traveling allows you to feel more connected to your fellow human beings in a deep and lasting way, like little else can. In other words, it makes you more human.
That’s what it did for me, anyway.”
My sentiments EXACTLY 🙂 Below are some pictures of a few of my favorite places in this world! I look forward to a life of getting out there and meeting as many people as I can and seeing and experiencing as much as possible!