Updated on June 1, 2016
Traveling is my addiction. It’s what motivates me, what keeps me going. I am curious by nature so to meet new people, see different places and experience new cultures is what keeps me alive.
Away from the hustle and bustle of life in London, living “once in a lifetime” experiences or being in a beautiful place is when I can see the world going by my lenses and capture beauty, is when everything makes sense.
But… what is travel? The Longman dictionary defines travel as “to go from one place to another, or to several places.” However, I do think that the meaning of travel is a bit more complex than that.
Travel rescued me from an ordinary life. In my mid-twenties, I was trying to find a job in the field I studied and living in my hometown with my parents. Nothing against living with my parents (they are actually fantastic people), but my dream of traveling the world just seemed too far away for me to reach. I felt stuck, I was stuck. And so I left. I came to London in 2010 and have been traveling since. I haven’t been everywhere yet but it is definitely on my list.
For me to travel is to go somewhere, anywhere, a new place or a place where you have been many times before. It doesn’t matter if it’s the next town, a new country or a continent on the other side of the world. If you are interested in your destination and if you are opened to learn about it, it doesn’t matter if you are going for 1 day, an entire year or a decade. The world is the biggest university in the world and when you are traveling you are learning. I truly believe that traveling the world is the best education you can get.
Travel has shown me landscapes, people, and cultures that I only thought existed in Brazilian soap operas, books and documentaries. Travel led me to finding true love and my boyfriend, who became my travel buddy and puts up to the craziest adventures I plan. Travel broadens your mind to the possibilities of life, so “live a life you will remember”
So now, tell me, what does travel mean to you?