Let me start off by saying, I never considered myself the ‘traveling type.’
In fact, if I’m being totally honest with you, I guess a part of me thought it was all a bit cliche. I felt this sense of romanticism enveloping the notion of travel, and I wondered if that was just for show. I mean, living out of suitcases, spending a lot of time in-transit, letting go of your routine and your creature comforts – none of that felt very romantic to me.
Still, like all things, I wanted to challenge this long-held belief and see for myself, which is why I agreed whole-heartedly to the trip. “Not all those who wander are lost,” “Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer,” “To live is to travel“… Was it all just glorifying adventure for the sake of it, or was it really that powerful?
Three weeks later, 15 city-stops, 6,000 miles, and what I’ve actually discovered for myself:
There is no substitute for the soul-stirring act of seeing the world.
Many of you are subscribers to my newsletter and you may remember my email from a few weeks ago about opening up to greatness. Well, one of the easiest and quickest ways to open your mind is to physically see what’s possible laid out before your very eyes – not just to imagine or entertain it. That’s what traveling has done for me.
I saw landscapes and terrain that didn’t previously exist in my mental catalog. I talked to people who live such drastically different lives from me, but who, at their core, are so strikingly similar to me.
Travel connects you to the bigger picture. The grand design, if you will (regardless of who you believe to be the designer.)
And when you come back to your so-called ‘reality,’ you start seeing the system you’ve built around you with clearer vision and more context. Frankly, it can be a little shocking to realize how trivial parts of that system are. The things we buy to make us feel good, the stress we create for ourselves because we think we need more money, the relationships we allow ourselves to become concerned with, despite their lack of contribution to our well-being.
Now, I don’t mean for any of that to sound dire. It’s just that this trip has reminded me of what’s important: living this life to my fullest ability while I have the good fortune of doing so.
That doesn’t mean I’m going to forsake the internet, sell all my things and travel the world with Jason and Plax (though I admit it sounds tempting in my current state of travel-high.) It just means that I’m more motivated than ever to make this community a place of life and vitality. To help those of you out there who might feel you’re not living the life you want. My mission to create resources and guidance for you is more important than ever in my eyes.
This week I’m going to try and share the entirety of our trip with you – all 21 days of it. My goal is not just to share with you the physical places – the amazing restaurants and beautiful sights – but it’s also to share with you the emotional places – the moments of growth and enlightenment.
And then, of course, my master plan is for you to start planning your own journey. Because I’m telling you, the romance is not feigned. It is absolutely real.
Travel allows us to see more clearly how we fit into this complex puzzle we call life. And as far as I’m concerned, well, that’s the whole point.
I hope you’ll follow along this week.
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