“At the end of hours of train-dreaming, we may feel we have been returned to ourselves — that is, brought back into contact with emotions and ideas of importance to us. It is not necessarily at home that we best encounter our true selves. The furniture insists that we cannot change because it does not; the domestice setting keeps us tethered to the person we are in ordinary life, but who may not be who we essentially are.”
— Alain de Botton, “The Art of Travel.”
Stumbled upon this genius sign-board at a cafe in Ubud, Bali.
I believe everyone has their own unique reason to travel. Be it trying new cuisines, being in a different environment, showcasing their experiences to friends back home, experiencing a new culture, feeling a sense of freedom or simply escaping from the life we’ve been manufactured into.
Whatever your reason may be, make it a point to visit one place you’ve never been to before, at least once a year.
“I can’t think of anything that excites a greater sense of childlike wonder than to be in a country where you are ignorant of almost everything. Suddenly you are five years old again. You can’t read anything, you have only the most rudimentary sense of how things work, you can’t even reliably cross a street without endangering your life. Your whole existence becomes a series of interesting guesses.”
— Bill Bryson, “Neither Here Nor There: Travels in Europe.”
P.S. If you’re in your 20s and extremely lucky to have survived, you’ve got about 30-50 vacations to look forward to! Or simply make each one count because you never know when its your last 👀 (That’s a dark thought. I’m sorry?)
Also, picture taken by @Royd Tauro!