Whenever I ask people about their goals in life, and what’s on their bucket list, I find that traveling is most often right up there. I don’t blame them at all. In fact, the desire to explore a foreign place, a new culture, and an alternative way of life is hardly uncommon. Most people don’t want to be stuck in a rut and what better way to add some spice in your life than experiencing a whole new environment?

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I was raised by a mom who has a sense of never-ending wanderlust and a dad with a pragmatic perspective in life and awesome spatial awareness (I don’t think it’s possible for him to get lost anywhere). I’m very grateful that they brought me along to their trips and for always reminding me that experiences are far more valuable than materialistic objects. Of course, I recognize that not everyone has the privilege to just pack their bags and run off somewhere exotic, but the notion that only wealthy people can travel on a regular basis is complete nonsense! I haven’t traveled everywhere but I do love the experience of exploring a different place and feeling like the sky’s the limit.

Here is a list of my favourite aspects of traveling, in no particular order:

  1. The airplane ride. This is probably surprising to you, considering the amount of people who have a fear of flying. I happen to love being on airplanes. I sometimes even fantasize about being a pilot (only in my daydreams). I always make sure to look out my window during take-off, enjoy the ride, and think about the destination that I’ll get to explore in just a couple of hours!
  2. Exploring and making memories. Every destination has its own unique vibe, and immersing yourself in that environment is one of the beautiful things about travel. Knowing that you’re only in that place temporarily really makes you appreciate your surroundings all the more. The beauty of taking pictures is that you get to capture that moment forever!
  3. Trying new food. Okay, I’ll admit, I’m a bit of a picky eater. I don’t like tomatoes, pork, spicy food, onions (if there’s a lot), mushrooms, etc. BUT, I am willing to try what the locals traditionally eat. I think it’s interesting how much cuisine varies from culture to culture, what’s gross and unthinkable in one, is a delicacy in another.
  4. Meeting locals. If there’s one thing that I’ve learned while traveling, it’s that people are alike all over…and no, I’m not talking about the Twilight Zone episode. But it’s the same idea, nonetheless. Despite our vast differences in terms of appearance, culture, ideologies, etc., at the end of the day, we all want happiness, love, safety, security, you name it. Travelling helps you experience first-hand the humanity of the cultures that you may have read about in your school textbooks or heard on the news.
  5. Being disconnected from the web. I’ll be the first to admit that I am on my phone a lot but I do recognize that this isn’t a good habit to have. When I’m traveling, I rarely feel the need to check up on my social medias simply because I want to make my trip worthwhile (I don’t have service most of the time, anyway). I want to be present, soak everything in and just live in the moment. It’s a nice break to have and helps you enjoy your surroundings that much more!

If you read my upcoming blog posts, you’ll probably notice that I like making lists. They’re visually easy to read and they help me organize my thoughts! Writing this post sparked my sense of adventure again and I cannot wait to start packing for my next trip. What are your favourite things about travel and where is your dream destination?