“Wanderlust consumed her; foreign hearts and exotic minds compelled her. She had a gypsy soul and a vibrant hope for the unknown.”
~ D. Marie
The world is wide and vast. It has endless beauty and wonders to marvel at. Even everyday life... in the countryside, in the city, in suburbia is fantastic. It’s no wonder that the genre painting style became popular in the 17th and 18th centuries among French, Dutch and Flemish painters. Wonder, beauty, and intrigue can be found around us daily—and these are just a few of the things travel offers us.
Travel becomes a pertinent element in life as we recognize that our corner of the world is not the same everywhere else, not even to those who live in the same space. No one experiences the same thing in the same way nor are two things the same in separate parts of the world. That is unless it’s mass-produced, but then that zaps away the unique and interesting parts. The bottom line is that one place does not define what life is or how it should be for all.
Travel proves that learning is a never-ending process and the world can surprise, captivate and move to some unnumbered degree every day. There is something to be gleaned from encountering new territories, connecting with native people of foreign lands, savoring cultural delicacies, persevering on unplanned adventures and so much more. At the same time, there is self-discovery along the way. Of course, we can always disregard the philosophical, educational, cultural and humanitarian reasons and just agree that traveling is fun.
Either way and for whatever reason, it is important to make time to wander this year. Primarily because even if you do agree with all the reasons to travel, if you do not make the time, it will more than likely never be done. Means and drive are nothing without time being set aside. It is easy to let other tasks get ahead or away from us. This is why we plan and make reservations. Open your calendars and planners and section of a block of time to travel. A weekend. A month. It doesn’t matter as long as you do it.
Time is infinite. We are not. Neither are the places we want to see (note: global warming). So, finally, it is pressing to make time while we still have it and our destinations are still in existence. It would be awful that when the time is made, the location has disappeared due to climate change. Reserve time to wander, making experiencing the world one of your priorities.
In case you need more reason to travel, ponder on a few of these quotes...
“All you need is love a passport.”
“To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the
world. You are surrounded by adventure.”
~ Freya Stark.
“Jobs fill your pocket, adventures fill your soul.”
“Travel enough, you meet yourself.”
~ David Mitchell
“Without new experiences, something inside of us sleeps. The sleeper must awaken.”
~ Frank Herbert.
“No realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old pillow.”
~ Lin Yutang
“Surely, of all the wonders of the world, the horizon is the greatest.”
~ Freya Stark
“It’s bad manners to keep a vacation waiting.”
“So much of who we are is where we have been.”
~ William Langewiesche
“Travel sparks our imagination, feeds our curiosity and reminds us how much we all have in common.”
~ Deborah Loyd
I hope this sparks your adventurous spirit and encourages you to make time to wander this year.