“A world away from my own, I shuffle through the bustling streets, experiencing new sights and smells that have my senses exploding with excitement and curiosity . I find myself yearning for more of this culture so different from my own”

For me personally, the thing I love most about traveling is that feeling of being immersed in a different culture. The flavours and smells of an authentic cuisine. The inspiring architecture of buildings and structures that speak of a colourful history and provide insights into how the present came to be. The people, their energy, their way of life. I truly believe that traveling opens our eyes to the reality of this world we live in. —

The architecture of that beautiful old church built hundreds of years ago makes me appreciate our history and where we have come from. Those construction workers out in the peak heat of the day whilst the females wearing sari’s carry dirt in baskets on their heads makes, me understand human strength and resilience. Those cutting edge, modern buildings in a modern metropolis provides snippets into how far the human race has come and the boundless future ahead.

How vast and different we are, but yet how we are fundamentally all the same. Traveling provides experiences that gives us an appreciation of different cultures and therefore educates us to be more tolerant, respectful and open-minded.

A favourite quote of mine “We travel not to escape life but for life not to escape us.” In western society we can get so caught up in our day to day lives that it feels like life is floating by. Taking a break is important, to refresh, rejuvenate and re-assess. Traveling to a different location or country can force you to mentally switch of and therefore is a great way to take a break. To live out a new adventure. To create treasured memories and to restore your soul.

As we seek balance in all aspects of our lives, then just as we invest in so many material things like cars, houses, clothes we should also invest in ourselves and our societies. I see travelling as an important investment in ourselves and in our development – as we share our experiences and become a more tolerant and understanding people, we invest in our societies and we invest in our world.

So if you’re thinking about planning that next trip away, I encourage you… and as Andrew Zimmerman said “please be a traveler and not a tourist, try new things, meet new people and look beyond what’s right in front of you, those are the keys to understanding this amazing world we live in”

Bon Voyage & Farewell