I am pretty sure you've come across - at least once - a quote about traveling, you know one along the lines of J.R.R Tolkien's 'Not all those who wander are lost' or even Augustine of Hippo's 'The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page'.
If you haven't, I have a whole bunch of them coming up on my next post by the way. I thought about these quotes while going through my notes the other day and right in the middle of my notebook, for some obscure reason or most likely due to my lack of filing skills, I stumbled upon this one from the Holstee Manifesto- which has now become my favorite:
Travel often. Getting lost will help you find yourself
I have hesitated quite a long time to write posts about traveling. I don't really know why since I write about a ton of other things and I have been traveling and living abroad for a while so I guess I sort of knew what I was talking about. Yet, every time I would start writing a post it would ultimately end up in the bin. Anyway, here I am today sipping wine at Fish and Cheeses in lovely Tamarindo, Costa Rica and I don't know if it's the wine but this post seems off to a pretty good start.
Let's face it, there are about a million blogs out there about traveling, and the people that travel and how it all looks fantastic. Yet, I do believe that at some point, you want to bring something new to the table. Now, I am not pretending that this is what I'm doing here. Frankly, I have no idea what I'm doing here but the thing is that after all these places I have been lucky to visit and sometimes even live in, the one thing that I enjoyed most was to meet people. Obviously, the other great thing about traveling is that it comes in a sweet package of wonderful landscapes and unforgettable experiences (you haven't lived until your luggages got lost by the airline/airport - you'll never know who's fault it is anyways). I guess what I am trying to say here is that at a time when Instagram, and Facebook, and Twitter, and all the other social media one can use to advertise the greatness of one's life, I figured I would just keep it to what I can actually do, that is writing. I am not the best photographer in town and no matter how much I would love to take stunning pictures, they never come anywhere close to the ones you see on Instagram - and I won't even start about my feed. You know how all the IG pros keep telling you that your feed needs to be consistent, and neat and tell a story? Well, if mine does tell a story, it would be the one of my life: inconsistent and messy but still with some happy bumps here and there.
Now, to conclude it all, I would simply say that it is absolutely great that there are so many blogs and pictures out there because most of them are stunning and God knows we need more beauty in this world. I love that there are different ways to see the same thing and that we can now use different means to express them all.
And hopefully I too, can bring something to the table.
So, I think that's how I want to share my traveling experiences - through the people I have met in the places I have been.
*This post being a little more personal, I thought I would send some kisses out there. Or maybe it's just the wine that is making me extra emotional. Go figure.