Why I Travel


While this might be about why I personally travel, this can be a reason for you too!

  1. You can’t beat the real thing.

That’s right. You can look at all the pictures, watch all the movie, and hear all the stories, but nothing compares to being there yourself. Don’t hesitate to become the storyteller…it’s really fun.

2. Buying experiences and not things.

In the end, you can’t take anything with you. So, what will you choose to leave? I choose to leave my friends and family with stories and memories. Also, I would choose to spend a $100 canyoning in Interlaken than a Louis Vuitton purse.

3. The world is waiting for you.

That’s right, the whole world is waiting for you to do something. They are waiting for you to be their customer at a café or stranger on a train. No matter where you are, it’s where you’re meant to be.

4. The timing will never be right.

No matter how much time you spend trying to perfect you itinerary, you are going to go. While it is important to plan and prepare before you go anywhere, it can also stop you from going. Don’t get so caught up in planning that it becomes more of a dream than a plan. Also, life happens. There might always be a reason for you not to go. However, there is always a reason for you to go (or well 9 others).

5. Confidence comes with the territory.

My favorite memory in high school was when I took a trip to Spain. I was walking the streets at night with the guy I had a crush on, and I felt independent. Usually you can’t look a specific moment and say “that’s when I grew up”, but in that moment, I did. I felt that I could hold my own (whatever that means). I felt that I didn’t owe anybody anything, I could be myself. I don’t think I would have felt that way if I wasn’t in a foreign country, but that might just be me.

6. Don’t let money be the excuse.

This is a motto that I live by (among others). But, don’t let money be the excuse you don’t travel. There is always a way to get money. Have the awkward conversations with family, getting connected with a community (such as a church), or fundraise. There is always a way. It might be A LOT of work to raise/save the money, but it is possible. So if you are not willing to put in the work, be honest about it. It’s not that you don’t have the money, it’s that you don’t find the work to get the money worth what you are going to spend it on.

7. Get away.

Sometimes you need a break from life and responsibilities. Travelling is a great way to take a break from it all. However, don’t plan an overwhelming trip for a break…that’s dumb.

8. You can be anyone.

This is the same as be the new kid at school. You can be the sweatpants and Netflix girl at home, and the sundress and heels girl in Paris. However, sometimes the best thing is to be yourself where ever you go.

9. You can never have too many friends.

Having friends from other countries is cool. period.

10.No one can take you memories.

This one is my favorite. Kind of goes along with buying experiences. You can lose everyTHING you have, but you can’t lose what’s in your heart and mind. I will never forget the prayer I prayed over a home in Rwanda. I won’t forget writing all over a map of Paris with my best friend in our hotel room on the first night. I won’t forget the hundreds of times I have eaten spaghetti in Europe. And, better yet, no one can make me forget.