Why make time for travel?

In our busy lives, it can be difficult to find time out of our schedule to explore new places. We believe it’s worth your while to at least try to find time a few times a year to go somewhere.

First, it broadens your horizons. When I travel I always meet new people and hear stories that change my life. On one trip, I grabbed an Uber from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport to the University of Maryland to photograph swimming. My Uber Driver was a PHD candidate studying the social divides between cultures. He chose to drive for Uber to collect stories and talk to travelers. His hypothesis was that those who travel are more cultured and thus more tolerant of other cultures. I honestly think that’s true for me.

Traveling, whether for work or pleasure, forces us to take a step outside our comfort zone. This increases confidence in daily life too. Unexpected things happy when traveling because you can’t control everything. You have to learn to be a quick thinker. It can be useful to travel while you’re in college, because a lack of confidence might cause you not to look at other cities when job hunting. When I was 17, I had the chance to make a dream of mine happen: getting paid to take sports photos. The issue was that the job was hundreds of miles away; a journey that I would have to make alone, and stay/work with people I had never met. I was able to say yes because I had traveled before and had some experience.

Traveling isn’t just flying. It’s not even driving per say. Traveling to me is when you intentionally take time from your day, week, or month, to make a bold change in your day to day. That could mean just going to the town over and enjoying a restaurant you haven’t visited in a while. It’s exploring new places. Making bold decisions often is one way to ensure that you can look back on your life and be more happy with your decisions, because you didn’t just sit still and go with the flow. You decided where you wanted to end up. Many people are unhappy with their jobs just because they are too afraid to make changes in their life. Don't be like that.

Then there are the people who only travel to be cool and boast about it. You know, “do it for the ‘gram!” This is not a good reason. Traveling for the sole purpose of posting on Instagram is not productive. In fact it actually detracts from society and paints traveling in a bad light. Does that mean that posting on Instagram about your travels is bad? Absolutely not! I suggest that when you post you add some sort of value to your post; possibly something you learned along the way. This way your post serves as a keepsake of your travels and also shares your constructive experience with others.

For us, traveling is all this. The reason we started this blog in the first place was to share these things with you and encourage everyone to find the time to travel when all possible. It makes us all better people and gives us more opportunity to share light and love to those we surround ourselves.

- Matt


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