Hey there! 😊
Got a Q for you:
What does travelling mean to you?
To me, traveling means:
Travel means getting in touch with yourself. With your surroundings. With nature. With local communities. Traveling means to soak it all in. To be present. To be alive. To feel free. To BE free.
I read a great sentence in a book by Tim Ferriss (Tools of Titans, Section "How to earn your freedom') a few days ago: "[Meaningful travel] means cultivating a new fascination in people and places."
Traveling shoudn't be about finding the best spots for pictures, or to only hang out at the beach, sipping sweet cocktails. You shouldn't visit a place far from home just to do the same things you'd do at home.
Traveling should be about connection and fascination. Connect to whatever you want. To nature, landscapes, language, culture, communities, people, history. To yourself.
Traveling unifies the, seemingly contradictory, feelings of freedom and connection.
By connecting with our travel destination, we show respect, we support the local community and, ultimately, we make the world a better place.
It's simple, really.
Be kind and love nature,
PS: Here is an article that shows you 10 ways you can be more sustainable while on the road: Maximize Your Positive Impact - 10 Ways To Travel More Sustainably
About the author
Daniela is convinced that by gaining deep insights into planet Earth and travel destinations you’ll create meaningful, grounding and memorable life and travel experiences. She explains fundamental geological processes that form and shape landscapes and combines these insights with philosophical and philanthropical views in her online courses, articles, and newsletter. She holds two bachelor's degrees in geosciences (B.Sc.) and business administration with tourism (B.A.). She is the owner and founder of EarthyMe, EarthyUniversity and the Science of Travel blog and the Stories of Earth newsletter.
Image Credit: I took this picture on Kaua'i. You can see the Hanakāpī‘ai Beach from the Kalalau Trail, overlooking the northwest Coast of the Garden Isle that is dominated by the majestic Nā Pali Cliffs