Why I Love To Travel
For as long as I can remember, I have always loved to travel. I’m not sure that I could pinpoint exactly when the travel bug bit me, but I know I was very young and moldable. Perhaps it is my curious spirit. I long to understand others and myself. I have always been someone who strives to learn and grow. I value improving my own mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical health. I suspect travel calls to me because there is so much to discover within it.
Food & culture
I’m a foodie! I enjoy trying new foods in new places. Even if something doesn’t naturally appeal to my American taste buds, I will usually try something new (with rare exceptions - still not quite up for cobra meat, monkey brains, or live worms). Sometimes, when trying a new dish, I’ll even discover something I absolutely love and can’t wait to eat again. (Singaporean chili crab, anyone?!) Going on food tours in other countries are great because they provide opportunities to learn about the culture behind the dish while giving you tips and tricks for using the ingredients in your own kitchen back home! The best of both worlds!
The spectacular sites
America is a beautiful country. There is so much to see and do. There’s such a variety in the topography and climates (and even subcultures). I’ve been all over America, and I will continue to discover her surprises! At the same time, there is nothing like going overseas to a place wholly different from where you live. I don’t know that I’ll ever be able to fully describe the sense of awe and wonder I experienced looking over the cliffs at Uluwatu Temple in Bali, Indonesia (while a monkey tried to steal the sunglasses off our heads)...or the beauty I beheld as I drank a glass of chicha morada in Arequipa, Peru at the base of the volcano Misti which stands 19,000 feet above sea level. Wow! God’s earth is marvelous.
Last but not least, people
I love getting to meet people all over the planet and feel the sense of unity and connection in just being human beside them. I enjoy observing our differences and appreciating the history and reasoning behind those differences. The exposure to cultures vastly different from my own broadens my worldview and helps me to love others at a deeper level. In the midst of that tremendous difference lies the commonalities of all human experience - love, joy, sadness, grief, fear, and anger. And, of course, there's food and family - something we all share, even if they look different for each of us.
What about you?
Do you love to travel, too? Please tell us your stories. What draws you to explore the world?
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