My love for travel undoubtedly originated from my childhood. I was lucky enough to be exposed to a variety of cultures at a young age without even realizing it until my 20s.
When I was 10, I lived in Sri Lanka for two years; they were the most formative years of my life. I will never forget the first feeling I had as the plane door opened in Colombo. The humidity immediately infiltrated the air conditioned airplane. A ’sea’ of palm trees covered any trace of buildings or people. It was a complete change from what I was used to in California. I had never seen or thought tin structures could get prime real estate on the beach. Everything I thought I knew at that age completely changed. I was exposed to a variety of religions, races, and situations of political unrest that called for frequent curfews. My curiosity to learn stemmed from the lifestyle of Sri Lankan people, along with many beautiful landscapes, rich history, and spicy food (each topic will have to be covered in a separate post).
These treasured memories will say with me forever, and this is why I encourage you to travel more, whether it is 100 miles or 1000 miles away.
1. You learn to appreciate everything you have with a fresh perspective.
2. You will discover something new about yourself
3. You have created memories for a lifetime.
Our lives tend to be so fast paced. Traveling brings me back to reality and reminds me to stop, reflect, and appreciate.
Bottom line: live an inspired life.