A couple of weeks ago I had a, let me call it strange, conversation with one of my collegues. We talked about traveling and our next destination. You have to know that my collegue is a total square. Take a look in the lexicon and you will find a picture of him.
That’s what our talk was like:
-And? What is you next destination?
-Probably to America. Again California and Las Vegas?
-Why? You have been there before?
-Yeah, I know what I got, it is kind of civilized there – almost like in Germany.
-And what will you do all day?
-A little bit of sightseeing. Lying at the beach.
*my thoughts: all the boring stuff*
-And the coffee you buy at Starbucks and the burgers at McDonalds?
-Mmmhh. Sometime Burger King, but yeah.
-Oh, man. Why are you traveling then?
– *look of inquiry*
And at this point I sometimes miss the necessary understanding. I really don’t get it! Why are people go on vacations to have exactly the same that they have at home aswell? What motivates people to check in all-inclusive hotels almost never leave the facility?
This is why I am traveling!
My way of traveling is not for everybody, I realized though, but it is the perfect way for me actually. And because I am so happy about that is why I try to crusade other people. But the most important thing is: You have to find your own way to travel! But let me tell you why I travel…because:
To get an idea about the country and the people
At a pinch I can see the sights on the Internet. I want to feel how it is to live there. Therefore, I am not atrracted to the tourist hotspots or any museums, but the streets, neighborhoods and parks. There I sit down on a bench and watch the people living their daily lifes – very realistic.
I do not want to feel like home when I am traveling. It draws me in little cafes, Street Kitchens, to the local market place instead of global chains. Before I lived vegan I really tried everything – now go with everything fits into my diet.
My plan: Don’t have any
In my everyday life and job I have to plan constantly. Therefore on holidays I avoid it to make plans at all and give myself the luxury of getting up in the morning and just doing that what I am really in the mood for. For me there is almost nothing worse than trudge along a meticulously timed plan going to all points of interest. I let myself drift. If I like a place I’ll stay there and let it affect me. When I go somewhere along and something in me says, now right, then I turn to the right and discover usually the greatest of all things. If someone is sympathetic I talk with him, if it smells good I stop and watch what it is.
You have friends allover the world. You just have to meet them.
You are traveling alone??? For many, it is absolutely unintelligible and incomprehensible to travel alone on the road. But the fact is that there is almost any other situation you have the possibility to get to know other people as quickly and easily as on the road and sometimes also meet friends for life. It is the people that I encounter on my way to make traveling for me so special – not the sights.
Getting to know myself, learn, discover and grow
It’s true! You have to get lost to find yourself! Nowhere else can you learn so much about life and about yourself while traveling alone. You come to a foreign place, with foreign cultures and foreign people … You’re alone and you need some time. Everything is exciting, everything is new. 1000 impressions – all at once. First, you learn to deal with such a situation and at some point you realize that you can do it. You gain self-confidence, you open yourself and your mind, you will broaden your horizon, with each impression with every talk. And you realize, the more you’re open in these situations, the more heartily you will receive. And then you want more! The explorer comes out! You just want more, more people, more impressions, learn more, live more.
Over to you: How are you traveling? Why are you travling? What is your intention to travel?