I read a quote somewhere that says, when you travel, you are completely you. There is no one there who knows your past or has any expectations of you, so you start fresh with each and every person every day. You have no choice but to be genuinely you.
That's what will make me get up and go, I think. I experienced that a few times, on shorter trips - and the freedom is worth every sacrifice. Finding your own true self amongst strangers.
Well said, tway! I am in complete agreement.
yes but did u notice that no one nearly, incuding me, talkes about their regular life? just bout trips.....but not how we are in real life. i visited travel friends, and the ohter life is surprising sometimes.....
but i agree totally.......i hope one day to find me..but how in this proces of constan change?
I'm saving at the moment for my first experience of travelling. I am only just out of school and for me it's something that I have to do. For a few years, I have been fascinated with how other people live in other countries and I feel like i have this unexplainable pull to see what is out there. I have seen many people in my life have things happen to them and this has changed what they have dreamed of doing, I want to make sure this doesn't happen to me and get out there and see what is to the world
I grew up watching too many movies, reading too many books, and hearing too many stories about adventurers and explorers and pioneers. I thought life was purely about excitement, exploring new frontiers, and really living life to the fullest at absolutely every moment unconditionally. Then real life happens.
But I would like to think that I have retained that impassioned sensibility. Even now, I have NO plans for when I finish college except to travel.
I guess the reason I'm starting my travels is because you get to a certain age and you just want to have you're own independace and just really put yourelf out there and see what happens. I'm 19 and going backpacking by myself in Italy - It may not be as adventurous as going to the outter depths of mongolia - but I think its still pretty challenging.
I think for me, I see so many benefits to travelling for a few months before I go to uni. The confidence and organisational skills the lessons I've learned from saving my money - and trust me, that was a challenge in itself (http://g3msadventure.travellerspoint.com ) The benfits I'll gain from going by myself linguistically and also socially - I hope that I'll improve on the foundations of the young adult I am now, for the better hopefully.
I think this whole concept of "finding yourself" when you go travelling is true. Every individual who puts themself out there and challenges what they are comfortable with I think is brave. I also think you have to be of a certain intellect to be able to just see "outside the box" box being your usual surroundings and say to yourself ' Well, I'm bored/heartbroken/having a hard time/frustrated or even a bit lost, What can I do to fix this? Well...there's a whole world outside my doorstep waiting to be discovered - I'll pick somewhere and just go'.
Its the focus and commitment, that not many people have and I think its a gift.
.. pretty clear that travel can be whatever you want it to be. I think for me it's a mix of:
- Experiencing new sensations (asian food, exciting NZ adrenalin things etc)
- Seeing pretty things like mountains and waterfalls
- Getting just a bit of an insight into a different culture
- Learning about the history of other places first hand
- Finding some fine souvenirs
- Meeting some great people
I agree with klynch's suggestion at the beginning that there are deeper motivations for travel. They may even be deeper than we can fully understand. You have to take a step backwards, away from the "meeting people, seeing the sights" stuff - that's not what he meant. Simplify it completely: Why do we humans go from one place to another for reasons other than day-to-day survival?
Whatever the answer(s), they are what differentiates us from other creatures - for better or worse. If I was a dolphin in the Bay of Islands in NZ, I'd probably be happy riding the waves in front of tourist boats all day!
Whilst I also agree with the idea that you can 'find yourself' at home, being almost double klynch's age I would have to add the caveat that at the age of 20, you almost certainly haven't become yourself yet, and if you have, you have wasted the next 40+ years!
You are what you do (not what you eat) and every experience - especially travel - changes the answer you will get when you do eventually find yourself.
In terms of "finding yourself", I'm not quite sure what this means. I think the "self" evolves over the years whether you're sitting on your butt at home or out traveling the world. If you're the type of person who has no desire to see anything beyond your own 4 walls, then I guess that's who you are. In my opinion, traveling can only better yourself for all of the reasons already listed.
Speaking of the "self" however, has anybody noticed multiple personalities emerge while traveling? I find that some days I am really just content to go out to a nice dinner alone and watch the world unfold without making much contact with others. And then some days I find myself being much more outgoing than I would normally be at home, speaking to whomever comes across my path and for lack of a better phrase, being the life of the party. I think that the people that you come across (and because so many different people are crossing your path compared to at home) tend to bring out different facets of your personality. Not sure if that makes any sense at all, but it is something I was mulling over in my journal on my last trip.