“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain
I just recently came home from a two week vacation in Italy. Although it was exhausting (waking up early every morning and going until late into the night) and expensive (thousands of dollars later…), I wouldn’t trade that experience for anything in the world. You see, I’m what they call a travel buff. I thrive on the adventure to explore a new world, to see new sites, to meet new people, and to live beyond my bubble back home.
Through travelling over the years, I have become a brand new person through each trip I take. Travel has allowed me to have a new perspective on who I am, my life and the world around me. The average person lives their life inside their bubble, but those who travel experience multiple different worlds where people’s lives, cultures, experiences, and perspectives are different than our own. Through travel, we learn to either appreciate what we have back home, or learn ways of how we can improve our world back home for the better.
There are around 7.5 billion people living on this planet today, but you can’t truly comprehend that number until you travel and see it with your own eyes. When you travel, you’ll realize how little you knew about the world and those who live on it. Every place you discover, every person you meet, and every culture you experience adds a new perspective to your life. And no matter how different our worlds may be, deep down, we are all the same.
Travelling allows us to learn, bond, share, create, grow, and experience…and that’s something that fancy cars, expensive cellphones, big homes, and other material goods we spend our money on can never replace or replicate. So to those who question if travelling is worth the cost, or complain that travelling is too expensive, I would ask you to look at your life and evaluate what is most important to you…the latest gadget or the experience of a lifetime?
I have always been taught that life is a wonderful gift and it is too precious to waste. So while we have the energy, take action and experience life in the moment. This way, you will build memories for your future, instead of regrets when you look back on your life. Don’t wait until you’re saying “I wish I had” when you can live today to say “I’m glad I did.”
– Rebecca Bartley
Public Relations ‘14
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