Diary Entry No. 9: The Best Parts Of Travel

The earth never forgets her children. So, walk into her arms with an open heart and with only soft footprints behind you. -Unknown

August 5th, 2022

Any time I book a trip to a new destination, I have five goals in mind.
1. To Experience New Things
2. Taste New Flavors
3. Immerse Myself In A New Culture
4. To Challenge Myself In A New Way, and
5. Learn Something New About Myself

Travel is about the gorgeous feeling of teetering in the unknown. -Anthony Bourdain

With every trip I’ve taken, I’ve come back different, in some way, shape, or form. And I’d like to think of the difference as broadening my horizons. Because every trip posed a new challenge, and just to be clear, not all challenges are negative. There are good ones. Like the ones that help shape, make, and mold you into the person you’re supposed to be!

Travel changes you in ways you couldn’t imagine until you embark on your own journey. It forces you out of your comfort zone and forces you to learn a new level of flexibility. All of which I enjoy!

But my favorite parts of travel are the friends you make along the way, the memories you won’t forget, and the strangers that become like family in different parts of the world. Along with the pieces of you that you leave behind – the good parts you leave with the people you meet and the bad parts that are now changed by new experiences.

As you move through this life and this world, you change things slightly. You leave marks behind, however small. And in return, life – and travel – leaves marks on you. Most of the time, those marks – on your body or on your heart – are beautiful. Often, though, they hurt. -Anthony Bourdain

I’m on a journey around the world, and so far, each destination I’ve visited has posed a new challenge for me. Whether it has pushed me out of my comfort zone, forced me to learn how to “keep on trucking” through flight cancellations, or just deal with different personality types.

I’ve learned so much in such a small period of time and travel, that I look forward to experiencing and changing in as many ways as possible. And hopefully, walking away from this worldly journey a bit more cultured, grounded, and with many more friends. Because the best part of travel is not just collecting passport stamps or taking pictures for Instagram. It’s about the people you meet that contribute to your memories and how much you’re willing to experience, feel, and learn along the way!

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