Today is Monday, the start of a fresh week and I know it is not one of those days which we look forward to, really. If you've been feeling a little down (and out) or perhaps dying to go travel but are not really sure about it, let me tell you a little bit about how you MUST take time out to travel and how it will teach you a few things which nothing else would. Yes, I understand, to a casual reader reading through these lines, I might come out as a bit over the top or even self-indulgent but there is no other way to put it, really. This post is all about how travel (no matter where you go) and the entire experience affects you at a much greater level than you could imagine.
I have my flaws and imperfections. We all do. Some of us get annoyed very quickly while somebody else's personality might be a little too much towards crankiness. I had my little issues as well, but travelling changed all of that. It has, over a period of many years, helped me shape my negative side into a positive side. Overall, I feel travel has given me a lot of patience and has made me a lot more tolerant than I ever was. Actually, it is hard not to improve in those areas when you're travelling. Unforeseen delays, lost stuff and other small (and big) incidents teach us how to just relax and not to be anxious all the time. And as far as tolerance goes, it comes naturally when you start meeting people from all around during your travels.
I talk to a lot many people on a regular basis and the one common impediment that I've found out to travel is fear; the fear of the unknown, danger and to certain extent risk. I understand, like everything, travel comes with its set of fear and risk, but I've learned to conquer these because of travel itself. I know it sounds contradictory but that has happened.
Thanks to my work (travel + photography), I have had the opportunity to go see some amazing places, meet some great people on the way and just generally experience life. It has come to shape my life in a big way and I think the lessons that I've learned through travel are invaluable and shall remain imbibed in me for the rest of my life as I learn a little more each day as I travel. 😊