People always ask me what my biggest driving factor is in life, what am I working towards, what gets me up in the morning and what I can’t stop thinking about before I go to bed. For me, you can’t really motivate me with monetary incentives. Sure a bigger pay check would always be nice, but I can get by with what I earn. I don’t need a fancy car or a big house, I am the kind of person who is driven by experience and constantly learning new things.
For me, travelling is the food I feed my soul. Ever since I had the first taste from hoping on that plane and heading off to Europe I knew I was addicted like a kid hooked on sugar, because that’s what it made me feel like, a kid in a candy store.
I wanted to share with you my favourite things about travelling, the reason why I push through my fear of flying (yes it is very strange for a travel agent whose job it is to travel to have a fear of flying… I am well aware!) and get back on that plane every single time…
- New learnings
I love learning new things. Everyone knows I am a fan of the good fun fact, so heading to a country I know nothing about feeds my thirst for knowledge. I come back from each trip with a list of fun little notes of things I didn’t know before (and that I can rattle off at any given moment to unsuspecting ears in my path!) Whether it is how old a building is, why a tree was planted in a certain spot, what animal makes what noise and why, anything!
2. New places
This may seem like an obvious one, clearly if I am travelling it is to a new place. I honestly cannot put into words how I feel jumping on a plane, knowing that I will step off into unknown territory. There is something about being in a place that I know nothing about that kicks my adrenaline into overdrive. Walking down an unfamiliar street getting a feel for the way a city lives and breathes is something that cannot be replaced.
3. New people
People.. those who know me know that people are necessarily my forte… I learned a lot about myself on my first trip away. I learned that I have more patience and understanding for those I don’t know and I thoroughly enjoy hearing about their stories. Every person you meet has a unique perspective on life, they have seen things and done things that are just so intriguing and make me change the way I see the world. Someone new will always have something new to teach me both about the world and myself (this puts emphasis on point one!).
4. New me
This is my favourite reason why I travel, actually the main reason why I travel. I get excited because I know that after I have journeyed through far off countries, I will come back with a new outlook on my life. Each separate holiday teaches me something new about myself, my tolerance for people, my understanding for how the world works and the people in it. I grow as a person and find new personal strengths; I come back new.
These are my reasons… so what are yours?
“Take only memories, leave only footsteps”