Weird, how traveling works. You go to a place you’ve never been before, start from scratch and feel totally lost. Until you start meeting people, go and discover what’s around you, and build up a new life.
The next moment you find yourself going on road trips with people you barely now, with all different nationalities, personalities and ideas of life. You’ll feel so much laughter, creativity, happiness, irritation even, but most of all, love. Together you have adventures that you’ll never be able to explain to someone. You cherish the memories: listen to those songs again or look at photos to relive that dream. It is such a great feeling to experience these crazy moments with travelers who are practically strangers to you. They’ll grow closer to you than some of the people you’ve known all your life.
Some of those people will change your life in ways you would’ve never expected. Everyone travels for a reason. Those reasons can be inspiring for your own journey and change your way of thinking. The more you listen to their stories, the more considerate and openminded you get, the less you judge, and the more you love.
The best thing you’ll learn from them, is who you really are. How do you handle situations in groups, one on one, or even alone? How do you deal with fear of the unknown, anger, happiness, feeling homesick? Without your safety net, you’ll have to face, well, yourself.
There is nobody who will hold your hand and tell you everything will be alright. It’s you who has to do everything now. Some little things yes, but also the hardest decisions. It’s the realization that this is YOUR life. You’re a grown up and don’t need other people to tell you what to do. It is the beauty that you get to decide everything for yourself. It’s overwhelming and freeing at the same time.
The hardest part, still, is saying goodbye. I’ve been saying I rather consider it a ‘see you later’. These people came across for a reason, taught you something, made you a better you, and left at the right time. All of them add their little piece to complete you more. So they’ll never really leave you.
I’m so very thankful for all of the travelers I met and still meet every day. Each and everyone of them taught me a little lesson and made me a better person. I’m a very rich and lucky girl.