The Importance of Travel

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Growing up, I constantly changed my mind about what my dream job would be. There was that time I wanted to be a chef and I would create fake cooking shows where my mom was the audience and would cheer me on as I made dishes in my kitchen. After that, I wanted to be a business-woman solely because I had this image of walking around downtown with a briefcase and a pencil skirt feeling powerful and important. Towards the end of my teenage years, I decided that I wanted to be a journalist/spokeswoman and become the next Oprah only to realize that I dislike journalism. Go figure.

To this day, I cannot make up my mind about anything, let alone what I want to do for the rest of my life. I’ve never been one to settle on doing one thing. Shoutout to easily decisive people, but that’s just not me though. As I’ve gotten older, one thing has become apparent: I love traveling. I fell in love with the idea of seeing the world within the past few years when I had various opportunities to visit new cities around the country. Now that’s all that I want. Whatever I end up doing, I want to be able to meet new people and see different places, experience multiple cultures and taste authentic food that I can’t get anywhere else.

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Aside from all of that, I feel like it’s important for people to travel, especially during a time where we can pick and choose what content we consume due to the prevalence of social media. No matter how old you are, traveling allows us to see different viewpoints aside from our own. Residing in the same place for years and years, only ever seeing people and places that share our ideas is dangerous. It blocks us off from the world. From real people with real families and homes and thoughts about life. It’s important to see how other people live in order to understand where they’re coming from, even if you might disagree with them.

You may think that traveling to a location with a completely opposite culture from your own might be a little scary, but handling yourself in those situations allow you to grow. Plus, not only will it be a learning experience but possibly a great story to tell later on.

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I have this mindset where I believe that the world is filled with thousands of beautiful places, so how could I stay in just one? I know I could take a vacation or short visit, but only being able to spend a couple of days in a separate, wonderful city just isn’t enough. I want to be immersed in a different culture. I can’t settle on just living in one city when I want the entire world to be my home.

I could care less about fancy cars and clothes because all of those things are just temporary, but I’ll always have memories of my time spent traveling.

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