Life is a constantly evolving journey, a train moving through space and time, and traveling is a way to consciously experience it. When you travel, your senses become alive as if woken up from hibernation also known as routine.
Routine has the allure of security but it does not allow you grow, it restricts you; confines you to a box. Traveling removes the security blanket and challenges your physical, mental and emotional limits revealing that you are more capable than you realize.[box] “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” —Mark Twain[/box]
With every new destination, dish or person you experience your perspective and understanding of the world expands. It doesn’t matter if you are traveling locally or to a far-off land, looking to relax, learn or have an adventure because the opportunity to grow as a person and to connect to the world is there for the taking. It is certainly wise to plan and mentally prepare yourself for what you will encounter but like life, traveling never goes exactly according to plan; there are obstacles, detours, and unexpected surprises so be ready to roll with whatever comes your way because all is intended for your journey.[box] “Traveling is more than just the seeing of sights. It is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the lives of the living.” —Miriam Beard[/box]
Be patient with yourself and your surroundings. Going with the flow is the art of traveling; accept what is with open arms. This is what separates the traveler from the tourist. A positive attitude will keep you alert to the beauty around you: the man on the corner playing music, the smell of bread wafting from a bakery window and the way a tree dances with the wind. Your attitude will shape your entire traveling experience. Do not be afraid to travel for there is “nothing to fear but fear itself” (FDR). Experience traveling for what it is really is—the journey not the destination.
Don’t sit quietly–get out there!