Travel Mindset: How it changes...

 Jaco, Costa Rica

Jaco, Costa Rica

     I've been reading a lot of posts lately about how travel will change your mindset, and make you see the world in a whole different light. While all of this is one hundred percent true, I think that a lot of these posts fail to mention how it will make you see your own life, your job, your family, and your friends.
     After your first trip to a truly new place, you begin to compare your life, to the lives of the people you see on your trip. For me, my first real trip abroad where I spent time in one place was Paris. I had always known how fast paced life here in the Northeast United States was, but until I sat at a cafe in Paris on the street in the morning, I never once had really thought about it, yet at the same time I sat there comparing how fast paced life was at home, to the Parisian that was rushing by, laptop in their hand, running obviously late to work. I began to connect with the person without even knowing them or their situation, but knew that I had been in the same situation or similar before. Running late, hurriedly on my way to work, not noticing the world around me, yet I knew someone somewhere was sitting there watching me rush by.
    On your second trip abroad, you try to connect with the place more, maybe this time you traveled somewhere you have a personal connection. To find out where your family was from, and for myself, I travel to relax. To take my mind off of the rush of the world around me, and I was off to Costa Rica. I traveled to disconnect, to get away from the rushes of home. The hustle and bustle of work. While to some, this may just seem like it was a vacation and a distraction, but in the end I walked away with a greater appreciation of the land that made up a beautiful country that I never thought I would be able to see. All because I made a few sacrifices at home, and decided that I wanted to make travel a priority.
    As you continue to travel, you will find your "Why" or the reason that you want to travel more. For some, the reason is as simple as wanting to see the world, and to get those precious passport stamps on every page.  For others its to help people, and they will travel the world with a mission to help as many people in need as they can. Others want to relax in all of the destinations they dream of each day while they are at work, and some want to find their next adrenaline rush. The bigger thing that happens with all of these people though is that they become a storyteller when they come home. Travel changes you from a dreamer to a storyteller. You realize that you can, and you will, write your own story as you live your life.