Its effortless to post a beautiful image with a catchy caption and feed the illusion that the nomadic lifestyle is easy breezy, where everyday is filled with road trips and rainbows but that’s not entirely honest. I’ve put a lot of effort into creating content that is visually appealing without sharing too deeply about my personal life, recently I’ve been moved to change that..
What you don’t see in my photos is the 24 hour bus rides, taking turn after sickening turn when you’re already ill with food poisoning.
Its the days you wash your hair in a public sink and brush your teeth at Walmart because you’ve slept in the parking lot.
It’s missed family holidays and birthdays spent celebrating with strangers.
But it’s also making friends that feel a lot more like family over the shared experiences that “you really just had to be there” to understand.
It’s the family that invites you into their home to have dinner just because they want to practice their English and hear about a land they’ve only seen in the movies.
It’s the comfort that comes when you realize that no matter which corner of the earth you roam we are all a lot more similar than we are different, and the politics and scare tactics that are built to divide us only work when we listen.
Traveling has been the most enriching thing to ever happen to me. I encourage everyone to travel more, it doesn’t have to be for long durations, and it certainly doesn’t have to be halfway across the world. Be a weekend warrior, take trips outside of your city, and talk to people who live in those communities. Smile, say good morning, hold a door and pick up something you see has been dropped even if you didn’t drop it. Theres microscopic ways we can all put a little more good out into the world that ripple into the waves of positive change.
Travel has taught me so much, but the thing it has taught me the most is that you never know the story of the stranger until you sit down and talk to them, be kind, don’t judge people by their appearance, and if you can help someone in some small way, always say yes. The smallest gesture can mean the world to a human in need.