As someone who loves the life of constant traveling, I’m often asked what makes me tick. What is it that sets my soul on so much fire that I just need to get up and go take a trip.
I think it’s the notion of never being satisfied quite frankly. Each new place that I discover, I’m always wanting either more out of it, or I’m wanting to see another destination immediately following it. It’s like my soul just can’t seem to get enough. As a travel writer, I suppose it’s probably best if I didn’t get enough or this blog wouldn’t exist. Each new day is filled with another new discovery, and that’s just the way I intend my life to be.
There’s a quote that I enjoy that pretty much sums up my world nicely, and if it does not speak to you, well, then perhaps I’m a different breed of a person all together. In life, we are far too consumed on material things that so many of us get lost in the shuffle of life. Always trying to meet the demands to put a huge amount of pressure on all of us only to turn around and do the same thing the next day. We watch as our neighbors purchase a new luxury car so we run off to the nearest dealership to purchase something even better than the one they have. We have bills upon bills for things we don’t really need in our lives. Do you really need 50 pairs of white t-shirts or 100 pairs of shoes?
“Jobs fill your pockets, adventure fills your soul.”
In the fascinating world of travel, we have a common mission statement and that is to live a life well lived. Far too often we make rash decissions that fulfill everyone elses needs, but never our own. Isn’t there something wrong with that picture? In a life well lived, we nourish our souls with adventure and discovery rather than filling it with things. Life was not meant to be lived that way. It was meant for us to get the most out of it by broadaning our horizons and truly discovering our own purposes. I think Nomadic Matt, a fellow travel writer, really sums up this piece nicely.
“Never forget your why.”
Don’t give up on your dreams. Don’t give up on you. Through the eyes of travel, you slowly begin to realize that you are one small creature and the world is a very large place. If you’re not out there discovering the real you but following along in the rat race, you’re not following a life of purpose.
That, my friends, is what travel does for the soul. This is why I travel.
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