How Has Travel Transformed You?

“A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.”

– John A. Shedd


“Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable.
Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart.
But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you.
It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you.
Hopefully, you leave something good behind.”

– Anthony Bourdain

Why It Is Transformative

It's our nature as human beings to define the world. It makes us feel safe but in the process it calcifies and limits us.

When we travel, it's a very physical act of letting go of our safety and our conventions. When we go to a culture different from ours, in any degree, it reframes our reality and gives us a chance to question things that had been an almost subconscious part of our experience.

How Do You Get Inspired and Refreshed?

Life demands routine to be effecient and predictable, but routine is the opposite of inspired.

Inspiration is the fuel for the long haul and routines ARE the long haul.

What tools do you use to inspire yourself and keep your mind fresh? What routines support you?

Dropping myself into a new reality usually wakes me up!

"There are 2 kinds of people in this world; those who travel to have
the same experience in a different place
and those who travel
to have a different experience."

-Maggie McReynolds, Author

Travel Makes You Check Your Internal Map

If you have had your nose to the grindstone for a long time, you may not have looked up or checked a map in a while. I'm not talking about Google maps, but more of a self-assessment to see if you are still going in the direction you thought you would be.

When you steer a boat, you aren't following roads. A number of things can get you slightly off course, which is ok if they are quickly assessed and corrected. But a 1 degree mistake becomes a whole new course after hundreds of miles.

When the world drastically changes around you, drawing from within yourself gives you a better understanding of who you actually are in different circumstances and what you value.