Hey Y'all, I'm back!
I know it has been a hot minute since my last post, but if you have been following me on Instagram, then you know I was traveling around Europe with my husband. We have now been back in the U.S. for a little over a week and I have been itching to get a post out. This is something that was on my mind, during the entire trip, and even more so since I arrived back home. I have been day dreaming about all that I have seen and done over the past three years and how those experiences have shaped my way of thinking.
Today, I wanted to share some of what I have learned from traveling the world.
Beautiful experiences are greater than beautiful things.
I know you have heard the quote, "I'd rather have a passport full of stamps, than a house full of stuff." I'm not sure who said it first (and even after a quick Google search, I still don't know), but it's very true! Those stamps represent a short period of time, where I was able to experience another culture. There are so many things we could buy with the money we use to travel, but the memories I have from our trips are priceless.
God's creation is amazing and we should take care of it.
I have seen blue oceans, rolling green hills, rocky cliff edges, and the list could go on. My favorite part of traveling is seeing so many different parts of the creation that God has blessed us with. It gives me a deeper respect for nature and how it all works together. It also makes me want to do better. Earth is a precious gift that is full of such gorgeous scenery and I don't want to be responsible for covering it with litter and destroying the most beautiful parts.
Sometimes the most memorable and exciting moments come, when things don't go as planned.
I can't believe I even typed that sentence. Hold on! Don't take away my "planner girl" card, just yet! I'm still all about having an itinerary. I like to know how I'm getting there and where I'm laying my head at night. I also like to have some idea of what I'm going to be doing. I always start out with a plan (with the help of my dedicated travel agent). However, sometimes the weather doesn't do what you think it's going to do or delayed transportation throws you off schedule. Such is life! These are the moments that I have learned to embrace. I could choose to be upset or I can roll with it and see what happens. Nine times out of ten, I end up experiencing something even more amazing than I originally planned.
The best tasting food, isn't always the most expensive.
I rather eat pork buns from a street cart in Taipei, than have the overpriced version at a chain restaurant. I don't know, maybe I just don't have "expensive" taste, but I prefer the food that we happen upon by chance, over the food that we made reservations for ahead of time. When it comes to pricey restaurants, in most cases you are paying for the experience. The lighting, the atmosphere, and the presentation. Don't get me wrong, I do enjoy those aspects and I will pay for them on occasion, but when we come to the end of our trip and we are discussing which meal was our favorite, I never choose the most expensive.
The world is big and my problems are small.
Out of everything traveling has taught me, this is the big one. It's easy to get wrapped up in small problems. It's even easier to blow those small problems way out of proportion. I'm definitely guilty of doing this, but there is something about standing on the edge of the Cliffs of Moher or looking out over Paris from the top of the Eiffel Tower, that makes you feel so incredibly small. I don't mean this in a negative way at all and I realize that some problems are big, but it's amazing how all the little things that are stressing me out, just seem to melt away when I think of how big the world is.
I could probably write a book with the list of things I have learned through traveling and I hope to continue to do and learn more, but for now I will leave you with this. If you have not had the opportunity to get out of your comfort zone and experience a culture different than your own, then I highly suggest that you go for it! It doesn't have to be a different country. You can start small. Try visiting a region of your own country or continent that you have never been to before and really soak it in. Eat something you've never had before and participate in activities that you would have never tried. Don't wait. Go!
Until next time!