When I graduated from college I picked up the book “1000 Places to See Before you Die.” What I loved about this book is it provided the opportunity to discover and learn about places I’ve never even heard of before! This sparked the flame inside of me to become an adventurous explorer.
For me traveling has always been a combination of outdoors, historical sights, natural beauty and culinary pursuits. But most importantly – my travels for the most part have centered around beaches. This is by no means an attempt to brag or “humble brag” but I’ve been to several of the top 25 beaches in the world
Foremost on the reasons to travel is that you discover a lot about yourself. I remember vividly driving along the coast of Australia. Not many things in the world can inspire you like seeing the beautiful sand and waves of water crashing on the surfers.
When I started traveling it helped me break out my shell and gain a whole new perspective. For the first time in my life I left my comfort zone and headed for a foreign land; there is nothing like a trip to make you a new man who has no choice but to fend for yourself.
Not only does traveling provide a sense of adventure, but it also opens doors to new cultures that I am far removed from. New customs and different ways of living is fantastic for the mind. It gives us a new perspective about life and it can help us change some of our habits or even create new ones. When I travel I usually make it a point to try new food. Discovering different values and ways to get by in life is humbling.
My experiences have ranged from the life threatening (watching the running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain) to the relaxing (enjoying a hot spring while the world passes you by in Costa Rica), but they share one common link: they are all memorable.