Still, despite all this, traveling is the great true love of my life. I have always felt, ever since I was sixteen years old and first went to Russia with my saved-up babysitting money, that to travel is worth any cost or sacrifice. I am loyal and constant in my love for travel, as I have not always been loyal and constant in my other loves. I feel about travel the way a happy new mother feels about her impossible, colicky, restless newborn baby – I just don’t care what it puts me through. Because I adore it. Because it’s mine. Because it looks exactly like me. It can barf all over me if it wants to – I just don’t care.
‘Eat, Pray, Love’ by Elizabeth Gilbert
If traveling is your first love, as it is mine, you will understand exactly what Gilbert means with the above quote. It is worth any cost or sacrifice because travel brings much more to life. For me, this is the absolute truth. Travel makes life more exciting, gives us a feeling of being alive, and allows us to experience life in a more profound manner. Each experience I have had while traveling enhances my knowledge of the world, where I get to understand more cultures, which has made me a better and stronger person.
I guess five years after my late father passed away, the one who opened my eyes to the Art of Travel, it made me decide to follow his course. After a couple of businesses I went into after “retiring” from the financial world, I end up with my true passion, Travel.
I came across this post and it just about sums up what I feel and believe in:
I am a strong believer that travel helps mold you and shape your core. It isn’t just about airports, travel rewards or the stamps on your passport…To travel is an art form and if you embrace the different cultures, languages, nature and food then you are only enhacing who you are. If you are open to it, travel can transform your soul and bring out your passions and purpose in life. It can make you truly appreciate what you have or strive to have more.
There is nothing more respectable than being a citizen of the world, someone who can marvel at the simple as well as the complex. Someone that captures joy every chance they get. Whether it is seeing the Sistine Chapel for the first time, a good glass of wine, watching the sun set, feeling the sand in between your toes, wise words from a cab driver, a handmade tapestry from the market or an impromtu soccer game with the local kids.
Everywhere you look there is beauty, if you choose to see it.