Adventure is the one word I would use to explain what travel is to me. When I think of travel, Helen Keller’s quote immediately comes to mind,
“Life is a daring adventure or nothing at all.”
Just three years ago, I was living a completely different life, one far from an adventure. At 24 years old, I thought I had everything I wanted: the boyfriend, the job, a nice car, a beautiful apartment. I was ready to settle down, get married, and start having kids. At least, that’s what I thought I wanted.
My ex-boyfriend was a great guy, but a few months into the third year of our relationship, we began to realize that maybe we weren’t all that great for each other. I’m a free-spirit, and he was tying me down, it obviously wasn’t going to work out. I realized that if I stayed with him, I’d risk never reaching my goals, one of them being to see the world. Settling just wasn’t worth the risk.
I began feeling depressed, and eventually, our relationship ended. Mutually, we decided that things weren’t meant to be. A few months later, life began to spiral out of control. My nights were filled with endless worries and anxiety, I began to have panic attacks and question the purpose of my life. In just a few months I went from having it all figured out to nothing.
But, it was that summer, that changed everything. I needed desperately to get away, and my brother, who also happens to be one of my best friends, went on a cruise with me because no one else could come along. We wound up having the best time in Bermuda. But, that wasn’t enough. That following December, I was off to Ireland, Belgium, and Holland. That summer I headed to Pennsylvania, Maine, New Zealand, and Fiji. That December I headed to Scotland, then England in January, The Bahamas in April, Massachusetts in May, Thailand and Vietnam in July, and Illinois in September. I began to just pick up and go any chance that came about. Finally, my life had changed. It had become the adventure that it was meant to be.
Through travel, I began to accomplish activities that I never would have imagined myself previously doing. From banana boating and white-water rafting to jet boating and off-roading to elephant trekking and tiger petting, my life has been enriched by these unforgettable opportunities. Travel has made my life the daring adventure that it was meant to be.
The past three years of my life have been the best so far, and I attribute this to the countries I’ve been and the people I’ve met. Had I settled with my ex-boyfriend, I never would have become the person I am today or discovered who I was meant to be. Now I’m enjoying life, not worrying about when, or if, I’ll settle down.
Which leads me to another quote, this time by Douglas Adams,
“I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.”
In fact, I am sure that I have ended up exactly where I need to be.
Day 29: BootsnAll Indie Travel Project
Today’s Prompt: One Word – What does travel mean to you in one word?