There is so much more I could say about my trip to Europe, but it’s Friday and I don’t want to post about it into the weekend. Plus, I plan to share some other news with you all–some good and some not-so-good–but I will save it all for next week.
I think if I had to sum up my entire trip in one word, that word would be eye-opening. I’ve lived in Sacramento my entire life, and before my trip, I had never been out of the country before. Finally getting the chance to explore not just one, but two countries other than my own in a 10 day time span has made me realize that I have been living in a bubble. There is so much culture, history, and beauty in the world, and the only way to discover, see, and really learn about it all is to leave the bubble that is America and experience it for myself.
Before I left for my trip, friends of mine who have traveled abroad before kept telling me that the experience would change me. I kept smiling and nodding with an uncertainty of what they hell they were talking about. But now I know. Now that I have traveled abroad myself and seen a small fragment of the world, I feel a little more cultured and worldly. I feel a little less naive and ignorant. I am a changed person, and things are different now. They just are. I can only imagine how changed I will feel after I start visiting second and third world countries.
I was already wanderlusting pretty hardcore before I left, but now that I’ve had a small taste of what it’s like to travel abroad, my desire to travel seems insatiable at this point: I’ve only been home for a week and I’m already making plans for where I want to visit next and how I’m going to scrape together the money to get there. Washington D.C. and Las Vegas. Spain and Italy. Thailand and South Korea. These are all destinations that I can’t get out of my head.
I want to end this post with a reflection on the photo above. I saw that quote by Robert Louis Stevenson on a store window while randomly wandering around the streets of London by myself, and it spoke to me. Traveling is definitely about visiting new places, but that’s not all it’s about: It’s also about going. Leaving
your home comfort zone where everything is familiar and routine in order to experience the exact opposite, because the more we leave our comfort zones, the more we grow. And the way to experience the ultimate form of growth? Move. Move to another city, another state, another country–anywhere that’s not the place you grew up for 25 straight years.
Now that I’ve finally left the bubble that is America for the first time ever, my plan is to keep going. To travel for travel’s sake. One of these days, hopefully sooner rather than later, I’ll have a great affair, and I’ll move.