Traveling has transformed my life into a more thrilling and adventurous journey.
Travel. Some hesitate while some have no fear to hop on a plane and have the time of their lives. What many people do not realize is that travel is harder for some than it is for others. Some people would rather stay at home where they are comfortable and safe. Now I don’t want to sound like a middle school teacher, but travel is more than just an experience away from home; it is a learning opportunity that enhances the mind with new experiences and situations. I was always someone who had no hesitation to travel to new and exotic places. But I am going to tell you why travel opened my mind to a world beyond home, and now…. I’m addicted.
My first big experience came from traveling outside the gates of the United States in a third world country I had always wanted to see with my own eyes. This country was Tanzania, Africa which lies on the east coast of the continent. I was only a sophomore in high school who was about to travel with ten other people in a foreign country for a month. Obviously I was scared as hell but my passion and excitement to just be there overwhelmed my fear. When we arrived in Tanzania’s main city, Dar es Salaam, everything seemed scattered and unorganized with no traffic signals and mayhem in the streets. But I quickly settled in and fell in love with Africa every passing second I was there. In our four weeks we hiked the 10,000-foot mountain named Mt. Rungwe, built parts of a school for the local village, and took Safaris through Tanzania’s grasslands. Throughout the four weeks I experienced the good and the bad whether it was watching monkeys climb through the trees overhead, or having a parasite cut out of my foot with a knife. But having both good and bad experiences is what made me crave more.
I have come up with five quick tips that I gathered from my travels and I hope will encourage you to travel if you currently don’t seem up to the challenge.
- Take a chance: You do not know how something will be unless you experience it yourself which is the beauty of life. Take a leap of faith and book that flight.
- Do NOT be narrow minded: Go into your travels with an open mind willing to experience the place you are attending for what it is, not what you want it to be.
- Try something new: I am positive there will be many opportunities in your travels to try something new, whether it be trying new foods or going on a safari.
- Rest!: Traveling may seem like the time of your life but do not push yourself too hard and get appropriate sleep so your days can be spent the way you like.
- Do it again: If your travels went well and you did in fact have an amazing time then find the time and a new destination to do it again because the world is massive and each destination has new experiences to offer.
My addiction for traveling took me many places inside the United States after I returned from Africa. I have traveled to many states including Indiana, Montana, Wyoming, Illinois, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, and California. But I can never get enough so I went with my family to Mexico for two weeks a year ago over the summer. This coming spring I plan to travel to Iceland. Traveling opens your mind so that you can see how the world around us works and by doing this you become a more educated and interesting person. Book that flight and get addicted my friends because the world is waiting.