On Coffeelicious last week, Misbah Achraf wrote an article titled "Things you should absolutely uncover in your 20s". The top two advice were: 1. Look around yourself and 2. Travel the World.
One of the neatest new words I have learned recently is sonder. It is the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own. How humbling is that? How many times do we intentionally look around our surroundings and wonder about the lives of strangers we pass by? Yet each of them leads a life full of meaning, sorrows, joys, worries, and aspirations.
Traveling allows us to experience cultures different from our own. Interacting with locals allows us to not only get a glimpse of their lives but to discover ourselves when we are removed from the familiarity of our own community. Looking around almost always results in looking inward.
Margaret Mead says it so eloquently. "As the traveler who has once been from home is wiser than he who has never left his own doorstep, so a knowledge of one other culture should sharpen our ability to scrutinize more steadily, to appreciate more lovingly, our own."
As Mr. Achraf writes, I hope you all "feel free, fly all over the sky and feel life."
Ready to start your journey? Here are some helpful resources:
Bootsnall for all your independent travel information. They specialize in Round the World (RTW) trip planning. I also love their email newsletters.
AFAR magazine for the most beautifully written travel journals and curated suggestions.
Faretrotter for best way to compare all modes of transportation.
Of course, Vayando for the coolest people you will meet and learn from while abroad!