I did not start out as a traveler. Far from it, in fact. I was a homebody. I bought my house when I was 29 and I firmly believed that I would never leave it. My theory had been, “I spent all this time getting my home to be exactly what I want, why would I want to leave it, even for a week?” Boy did that theory come crashing down on me!
Somewhere along the line, something changed for me. I had to make several business trips, and as my family grew up, the kids wanted to learn and explore as much as they could. We started travelling. First back home to visit family in New Jersey. Then to Florida to see Mr Disney and his fantasyland. Then to Mt Rushmore – wow! We also became experts at hot springs travel…we love the natural hot springs here in Colorado and have visited most of them over the years. After the kids grew up, I started looking abroad for more adventure – last year was Rome, Munich, and Reykjavik. This year is Krakow and Berlin
I’ve realized through my travels that travel allows you experiences that you don’t get anywhere else. While home is great, and I love it very much, there is something about being somewhere you’ve never been that really tells you something about yourself. Whether it’s an ancient old city that has existed for more than a thousand years, or a modern place unlike any you’ve ever seen, you grow from being there.
So now I travel. I enjoy the experience so much, and I truly learn more about myself with every trip I take. I don’t believe travel has changed me in any significant way. I think travel has helped me to become more of who I truly am.
So, what do you think? How has travel helped you to grow?