I have been told one day, once you will jump in and go on your first solo road trip, you won’t ever be able to stop yourself from travelling. You will become addicted all your life. You will be working on your next road trip as soon as you will be reaching home. Each plane that will cross over your head will give you enough motivation to save every day. You will jump on air flight discount and bargain deals. You will elaborate your budget a hundred times, because there will be too much that you want to see and discover. Well, let me tell you one thing… This might be the truest thing I have ever been told.
Travelling is more than a passion to me. It has clearly become an addiction at some point, but a positive addiction please. If you put it in perspective, travelling makes you richer, smarter and wiser. Whatever you will sow, you will eventually reap it somehow. Travelling makes you change and care for others. You become more compassionate and more open to the world. You realize that you are not the only one living on Earth. You get to know that there are people with different cultures, religions and beliefs and that’s what makes you more tolerant. Understanding. Respectful. Still, you will conclude that boundaries will never describe a bunch of people because at the end of the day, we all breathe the same air and we all need to eat, drink and sleep. (And all go empty ourselves in the WC…jokes!)
Travelling makes you connect with people and this is where you get into what we call <<REAL LIFE>> and not just the life some of us pretend to have on social media. There is no room for illusion when you travel. You understand that your time is valuable and that you need to invest it in whatever makes sense for you right now – that your future will thank you for later on. By travelling all your life, you choose a different pathway from others. Because you do not look at it as your well-deserved holidays of the year. You see it as, what I call “an endless journey of self-improvement”. You don’t just go, but you also learn and grow from it.
Travelling is a life-lesson that will change you like nothing else can, believe me. You will care for issues that you have never cared for before. Knowing that some people die every day from hunger and cannot afford basic things in life will make you re-evaluate yourself instantly on where you stand regarding such issues. Travelling makes you challenge yourself by enticing you out of your comfort zone. It pushes you to unknown situations. You start to prioritize things cleverly. You stop running after what does not give you growth nor make you happy. You learn how to walk away from money, a fancy lifestyle and materialism because you understand that they are not all you need.
Investing all your life in travelling will bring you peace, trust me. Many people don’t understand it because they see it as a waste of money as they would rather invest in a house, a car or any valuable bond. But let me put it straight. Life should be a journey full of experiences and not a fixed amount of money or possessions. Money comes and goes. Experiences stay with you no matter what, no matter where you go. They define you. They make you somehow richer.
So yeah, I have been warned once that as soon as you will get to taste what solo travelling is all about you won’t be able to stop. There is no point of return. No starting back at square one. You won’t be able to stop yourself, as most of the time; you will see yourself literally just working to make all your dream destinations come true…and that is okay! You know why? Because at the end of the day, your bank account will be the only one suffering from this. Not really you…
God bless us all.
Embarking on an endless adventure with myself and my backpack to other part of the world. Because I simply believe that travelling – in essence – is not a way to escape life – but rather a way to learn, grow and explore – slow time down, get taken in – and most importantly fall in love with life all over again…