What excites me the most about travel?
I’ve always discussed with my family and friends how passionate I am about traveling, yet everyone was surprised when I made the decision to live and study in Italy for three months.
“Are you serious?”
“Why do you want to leave home for that long?”
“You can still back out!”
I knew ever since May of 2012 that I needed to go back to Italy. In May I went on a family trip to Italy, Croatia, Turkey, Greece and Monaco. Every day since that trip I have thought, “how can I get back to Europe?” or, “when do I have time to plan a trip somewhere?”
My past travels and planning my future travels is something I think about daily, but I have never been asked, nor have I ever explained to anyone, what exactly excites me about travel.
What excites me about travel is that I am constantly learning.
What excites me about travel is that I get to see and interact with people from across the world.
What excites me about travel is seeing some of the most beautiful places in the world and being reminded of how lucky and privileged I am to see them.
Some of my favorite memories from traveling aren’t throwing a coin in the Trevi Fountain in Rome, pretending to hold up the Leaning Tower of Pisa, or standing in a red telephone booth in London. My favorite memories include:
Figuring out how to navigate the Tube in London and people-watching the passengers around me.
Becoming friends with the owner of my favorite panino place in Florence.
Meeting and learning about the amazing life story of a 15 year old kid from Switzerland while we learned how to make pasta and gelato during a cooking class in Italy. (This kid was only 15 years old, but his life experiences were incredible. Whether they were true or not, he is one of the most interesting people I’ve ever met).
What excites me about traveling is waking up at 4am to get to the airport knowing I’m about to be somewhere great. What excites me about traveling is that even though I am leaving my comfort zone, I know that it’s making me a better person. It makes me more understanding. It has transformed who I am as a person.
I am not concerned with having a travel bucket list or trying to cross off as many countries from a list as I can. All I want is to constantly see and experience different places around the world. Colorado for the weekend? Great. Prague for two weeks? Sign me up.
Traveling is the best thing that has ever happened to me. It’s the greatest gift I’ve ever received. It has made me think deeply about my future career path and what I want to do with my life. If I can’t travel, I at least want to share my experiences with others or try to help and encourage other people to travel.
Traveling affects everyone differently, but what excites me about traveling is that I’m left with unforgettable memories and remarkable stories to tell.