“I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.” – Susan Sontag
I will never be a travel blogger.
I can’t tell you the best places to eat, sleep, shop, or party. I don’t have infinite wisdom to pass on about how to travel on $5 a day, or the best brand of backpack for your 3 month trip. I don’t know how to get the best angles for the perfect photos, nor do I have 50K followers on social media. I can, however, tell you that I genuinely love to travel. I love it because it is exciting and exhilarating and scary and frustrating; it changes your perspective and forces you out of your comfort zone. It makes you trust strangers and also trust yourself. It introduces you to people and cultures and customs you may have never otherwise come across. It makes you appreciate the beauty and the vastness of the world and at the same time it always makes you appreciate home. It shows you that people smile the same in every language and most people are inherently good. It makes you street smart and humble. But most of all it reminds you that there are 7.5 billion different ways to go about this thing called life, and that we are all in it together on our little blue spec of the universe.
Currently there are about 195 countries on 7 continents surrounded by 5 oceans on this big floating rock we call home. It would likely take you multiple lifetimes to see it all, and there are very few places that are not on my list. I would like to see as much of it as I can in this lifetime, because I really do think that travelling makes you a better, kinder, more open-minded and interesting person. However I am learning that it is just as important to spend time at home (wherever you conceive that to be) and to enjoy that time. Make and keep new friends all over the world, but maintain and work on the relationships with those who have always been around. Find adventure in your own backyard, whether that means exploring your own country, city, or neighbourhood.
So no, this is not a travel blog. I haven’t quit my 9-5 job to tour the world and I still work my butt off to save up and afford to travel when I can. I am currently in an industry that occasionally lets me travel for work (which is not the same as travelling for fun, believe me). I also realize that I am incredibly privileged to be able to do so. To come from a family that supports me and a country that allows me to move about freely, has a good reputation and relationships internationally. I wouldn’t say I am particularly great at travelling, but I do have some stories that I’d like to get onto paper (metaphorically here, of course). And that is what you will find here, stories. Maybe a couple of tips and tricks I’ve learned along the way, and definitely a few too many sunset photos.