(n.) A strong desire or urge to wander or travel and explore the world.
Do you have that one thing in life that feeds your soul? Gardening, writing, dancing, etc? For me, it’s traveling.
I constantly have this tiny voice in my head that says “let’s go”. No, not the kind of voice that warrants medication and a psych consult. But an ever-present little whisper from the world beckoning me to come marvel in her awesomeness. Whether it is East Texas backroads or European vacations, small towns or big cities, mountains or beaches. It doesn’t really matter to me.
I love the memories, experiences, and pictures that I have collected from each adventure. When I see the beauty of the world I am reminded how amazing our God is. Although I try and capture it all with my camera…the pictures never seem to do it justice. I really need to work on that.
Traveling challenges me to do more and to need less. For this introvert it allows me to move out of my comfort zone yet still feel comfortable being a stranger in a “foreign” place. I love accents and languages and not knowing my surroundings…almost feeling lost.
I have not been everywhere, but it’s on my list. –Susan Sontag
Don’t get me wrong…I am blessed to have a home with my husband and our family. But our house and our things are not what fills my cup. In fact I have very few belongings that I would mourn if I lost them. To never be able to see new places or go wander on a whim would mean a part of me would die. I feel at home when I am away and each trip I take renews my spirit.
I am blessed to have been to such beautiful places and more so that I have been given the insatiable appetite to explore. There is such beauty, grandeur, and majesty out there, all handcrafted by God. What an amazing gift!
Travel changes you. As you move through this life and this world you change things slightly, you leave marks behind, however small. And in return, life–and travel–leaves marks on you. –Anthony Bourdain