Why is traveling important in life?

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I honestly have to say, I didn't know what I was getting myself into when I agreed to travel through the USA in a Sprinter Cargo Van for three months.

Of course I was super excited when we got the tickets, and my feeling of anticipation grew with everyday.

I always loved traveling and I think that it’s important to learn something from every journey you take. I think that traveling is the best way of having new experiences, and Lord knows, how we need those to handle the monotonous day to day life. Sometimes we just have to break the routine in order to find ourselves again!

It also gives you a lot of time to reflect on the big questions in life. If you’re lucky you may also find out something new about yourself. Maybe your perspectives will shift after your trip, maybe your priorities in life will change and you will lose some prejudices. What can be more exciting than having your mind blown away by interesting food, adventures, discovering music, learning about new cultures and different mentalities?

Just stop for a second and think about walking on a white sand beach on a sunny day, or visiting a national park, or even just sitting in a big square observing people passing by. Think about the salty taste on your lips when you’re at the ocean, the cool breeze of wind, the birds singing or the sound of rivers. Doesn’t that wake a desire in you, to just pack your bags and go?

So, why did I choose to travel like this?

I think that I spend too much time wanting to do something like this but hesitating, probably mostly out of commodity. I spent so much time, thinking and imagining a trip like this, creating this imaginary bubble, that if I’d go, I would finally manage to reconnect with myself again. Deep inside I was hoping to find a path back to the present.

What do I hope to get out of this trip?

I hope to find some kind of peace of mind. I feel that on a daily basis I am always in a rush to keep boredom away, moment to moment. I try to keep myself occupied at all times with, tastes, sensations, art, books, music or food. But still, I always have a deep feeling that real happiness is elusive and so, on this trip I will have a lot of time to think about this inner restlessness and hopefully find some answers to those hunting questions. I hope to discover the feeling, that where I am right now, is exactly where I’m supposed to be.

Am I concerned of living in a car for three months?

I am pretty sure that the way I think about an experience, can influence how I feel about that particular experience. I am curious to find out how it feels to cut loose on comfort and stability for a while, just let a moderate kind of chaos rule this trip and try to make the most out of it at all times. I want to discover everyday things again, as if I was doing them for the first time

I am very curious to find out what your reasons for traveling are!

Do you think, that traveling is important in life?

And also, if you could travel anywhere today, where would you go?

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Love, Ela