TRAVEL / Archive: What I’ve learned of traveling the world

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I’d like to grab some articles out of the archive now and then. Not because of lack of inspiration, but because I think they are worth reading again. I traveled quite a bit. For every trip I worked and saved all my money to do what I love most. To travel is the most beautiful gift there is. I think it makes you a completely different person. I went to live abroad for four times already and I started with that at quite a young age (18). Has it changed me? Yes. Positively? I believe so. I have seen several other cultures during my travels and foreign adventures. It changes you. For me, traveling is not an escape, neither a search for something most people don’t even know their selves.

What have I learned? And why do I want to share that with others so obsessively? I think it is a shame if you have the opportunity to go abroad (i.e. for a study or internship) and you stay at home. Please do so when you have the chance. Create your own opportunities. If only for getting to know another culture. For changing your own world a little bit. Your perspectives. To change you, no matter how young or old you are. There are so many people who do not travel at all. That is not a shame, only when you actually want to travel but you just decide to stay home. Is it out of fear of the unknown, homesickness or are they afraid to take that one step? Or do you actually want to stay in your safe bubble? I do respect that, don’t get me wrong. But many people want to travel and think they just can’t. That they are unable to. Dare to dream, dare to step out of your comfort zone. Do not be afraid. It is beautiful and it changes you.

Travel leaves, like writing does, my mind empty and it opens my heart. During my work experiences abroad and living in big cities like London and Paris, I learned to stand on my own feet. I learned to be myself and the fact that being myself is good enough. During my studies, travels and volunteer work in Africa I saw the contradictions of life. Pure and raw, intense and beautiful. Sweet and sour. Same thing during my backpack travels. I came back a bit differently, I have changed. I have been in villages where money does not exist, and for me those were the most beautiful places in the world.

And yes, I’ve seen tough stuff as well. I don’t travel for fun only. Especially during my travels and the volunteer work I did in Africa. Those ‘third world countries’ where people are a bit afraid of. Sometimes they just look the other way. Like it is not there. But it is. Poverty, hunger, death, pain, animal suffering, people suffering. Dishonesty. Hovels. Beggars. But again, it teaches you all about life. If you see this with your own eyes, you learn to be grateful. The great culture difference but being still one and the same human. It makes you strong and aware of the world where we live in. And above all: very, very thankful. Especially when you see how grateful these poor people are. Skin and bone and yet always leaving a cheerful impression. They smile. Always. Just hold one of those children with all the love and hope that you have and you will mean something in this world. Isn’t that what we all want?

So travel gives me hope. Independence. Gratitude. Luck. Insight. Understanding. Positivity. Flexibility. Appreciation. It shows me the world. And especially it teaches me how to be a part of this world.

Township Zuid Afrika

Neushoorns Afrika

Township Zuid Afrika

Township Afrika

Waterval Sumatra

Cambodja

Cambodja

Laos

Indonesie

Afrika luipaard

Afrika leeuwen knuffelen

Jordanie

Weeshuis Bohol

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28 comments

  1. Anne 3 May, 2014 at 19:52 Reply

    Deze post gaat onder mijn favorieten en die ga ik heel vaak teruglezen. Prachtig! Het inspireert me om nog veel meer te ontdekken, te zien.. :)

  2. Linda 4 May, 2014 at 09:16 Reply

    Dit moet mensen die twijfelen aansporen tot actie. En ik duik gelijk het internet op, wat zal mijn volgende reis worden. Dank!

  3. cheyenne 4 May, 2014 at 10:58 Reply

    wat een prachtige post :) spoort me weer aan om toch iets serieuzer over mijn reisplannen na te denken.. ik ben ook het typische gevalletje ‘gaat me niet lukken om het geld bij elkaar te krijgen/het is eng/wanneer heb ik tijd?’, waardoor ik het uiteindelijk niet doe.
    xo, cheyenne

  4. Reismeisje 5 May, 2014 at 12:47 Reply

    Supergave foto’s zeg!!!! En helemaal eens voor wat betreft reizen je brengt. Het verrijkt je als mens zo en maakt alles relatiever vind ik.

  5. Eva 5 May, 2014 at 16:29 Reply

    Hi Laura, echt een hele mooie post weer en prachtige foto’s. Eigenlijk heb ik niet veel toe te voegen aan de mensen boven mij ;) Je weet het zo goed en beeldend te verwoorden. Heerlijk om te lezen!

  6. Lizet - Wander woman 11 May, 2014 at 09:40 Reply

    Ik ben het hier zó verschrikkelijk mee eens. Reizen is echt belangrijk, nieuwe culturen leren kennen, nieuwe perspectieven, jezelf weer wat beter leren kennen. Heel inspirerend en mooi geschreven!

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