When I was young, I thought it would be a waste not to see the world. How could I not want to go and see the Egyptian Pyramids, the Colosseum, the Taj Mahal, the Eiffel Tower, the Great Wall of China and so many other amazing places? It’s not about seeing the place, taking a picture and posting it on Instagram or Facebook and saying, “Hey look at me!” Sure, the new things you see on adventures are fun and sharing your experiences can be inspiring for others, however, I think travel is all about how it impacts your mind and touches your heart.
When we go to new places, we meet new people, are introduced to different cultures and learn new languages. Traveling forces us to step out of our comfort zones. You begin to learn new ways of surviving, interacting and communicating. Honestly, I think if everyone had the chance to travel I think there would be less racism and homophobia in the world. I know moving from a suburb of Philly to Chicago isn’t a big of deal as moving to a different country, but for me at the time I experienced my own version of culture shock.
There was no diversity in my high school or town. Unless there was a hockey game or rock concert, I avoided Philly as if it was the plague. When I was looking at various schools around the country, I didn’t really care too much about where it was, but I did know I wanted to be somewhere different.
I landed in Chicago. At that time I had little to no experience with flying, buses, trains, taxi cabs and the madness that Chicago introduced me to; the high volume of people walking and driving downtown, the sirens, the tall buildings and the strange encounters on the L. As chaotic as it was, what the city offered and the diversity of in the population of Chicago was refreshing. Some, if not most of my friends were gay and it wasn’t a big deal at all. I love meeting new people. That is what I enjoyed most from my experience at Snow Mountain Ranch in Colorado. I didn’t care about the color of their skin or their sexuality, I just enjoyed connecting with different kinds of people.
Traveling is a passion of mine. I have driven across the United States from Philly to LA and have also been to Ontario, Canada and Cancun Mexico. There is more to see and experience in North America, but one day I will go explore the rest of the world. The Earth is the home for my body and my heart is the home for my soul. 🙂