As you may have noticed from the title, this week’s destination is different than most. I usually spend a considerable amount of time each week mulling over what location to choose, and while I was doing so for this week, I had a revelation of sorts. All these places I suggest to you, all these sights and kodak-moment spots, are simply that, suggestions. I’m sure most people read them, ponder over the idea of going, look up some pictures, and finally move on to the next post on their feed. And although this goes against everything I seek to do in this blog, I’m just going to say it: It doesn’t matter where I tell you to go, it just matters that you go.
Travel is something that not everyone gets the opportunity to do in their life, and I truly believe that it’s such an important thing to experience if you’re lucky enough to be able to. I don’t care if you have all the money in the world to buy a first-class seat to Dubai or are barely scraping up the change to buy a round trip train ticket to Boston. Wherever you go, as long as it takes you away from the norm in some way, will change you, will open your eyes to things you had no idea existed, will make you a better person in some small way.
The world is a beautiful place, but if you don’t leave the comforts of your own home, you’ll never be able to appreciate that. And I’m sure you could argue that you think home is beautiful too, and it is, but leaving that beauty in order to seek something different, good or bad, will reveal to you a new beauty that you have not yet come across.
The world is a place of learning. No matter where it is you travel, with it will come knowledge. Perhaps you will learn about ancient ruins that have just been discovered a town over, perhaps you will learn about past civilizations, about a language you’ve never heard of, or a cultural practice you find strange. But the most rewarding knowledge you will find is that of yourself, and I guarantee you, it’s almost impossible not to.
Traveling will teach you things about yourself you couldn’t have possibly known otherwise. You’ll learn that you can adapt to the new and unknown. You’ll learn that you can communicate with people without spoken language. You’ll learn that you actually like a foreign food or tradition that you’ve always found peculiar. And perhaps most importantly, you’ll learn that you’re a lot stronger than you ever thought you could be.
So this week it doesn’t matter what town has the coolest bars or tallest mountains; take your pick of the big cities and small towns the world has to offer, and go see them. Whether it’s for a weekend or a month, bring your spouse, convince a friend to tag along, hell, go by yourself, but just go, see what’s out there, and let yourself experience something new that is certain to change you for the better. Trust me on this one, it’s so worth it.