I am a traveler. Through and through. In ten years I’ve been to sixteen countries and I am beyond excited to see where this next decade on this new passport will take me.
There is so much about traveling that I love. I feel overwhelmed as memories and lessons and visions rush through me right now. I am so little and insignificant, yet through my experiences, I am SO full.
One of my favorite things about traveling is how I’m able to stay in the moment. Though the days are long gone from hard to find ‘internet cafes’ and cell service so pricey it was out of the question, I still prefer to stay unplugged. Sure I’ll check in at night to email Mom and let her know I’m alive, but there’s something to be said about not being connected to our phones/internet/digital world. It opens us up to the moment we’re in…the dirt sifting up from the road on the sticky breeze, the smell of the market as the shoeless child wanders with inquisitive eyes, the Finnish man dining alone at the next table, the sound of rain drops falling in the graveyard…
We don’t have to be in another country to enjoy these things. They happen every day. Every moment. Right there in front of us. Take a moment to unplug. Next time your friend leaves to use the loo on your lunch date, don’t pick up your phone. Look around. Listen. You might be amazed at what you see.