What Travelling Really Means | Inspired by the Nā Pali Cliffs on Kaua'i

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Hey there! 😊

I hope you're safe and sound and hanging in there!

On today's MarvelousMonday I want to share with you one of my all time favorite Hawai'i photographs and want to know from you: what does travelling mean to you?

So here we go: 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:

Na Pali Cliffs viewed from Kalalau Trail, Kauai, Hawaii, photograph by Daniela Dägele / EarthyUniversity

Did this make you dream of better times and travel freedom? Good! :)

What does travelling mean to you? Think and reply in the comments before you read my personal interpretation below:


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


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[Image Credit: Daniela Dägele (myself :))]

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