I’m often told how lucky I am that I’m able to travel as much as I do.
The truth is that it’s not luck, but it’s my desire to see the world that is so strong. I can’t imagine doing anything else.
For a few years now, I have made it my mission to visit as many places as I can, as often as I’m able to. I’ve learned some invaluable lessons along the way.
Cotton candy sunsets, white sandy beaches, and intricate architecture dating back thousands of years are just some of the many picturesque images we’re inundated with on social media. What’s seldom shown or talked about are the cancelled flights, missed buses and trains, arguments with travel partners, or the illnesses that confine us to our hotels for days.
My favourite quote by the wonderful Anthony Bourdain sums up the beauty and the madness that is travel:
“Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.”
Check out the rest of my article on elephant journal: https://www.elephantjournal.com/2017/05/eight-lessons-learned-from-a-life-of-travel/