The Beauty of Traveling

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We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls.–Anais Nin

Wanderlust, traveler and free spirit! These are all words that I call myself as an avid traveler!!! Traveling started at the age of 3 months; my very first trip was with my mother in India. Although I have no recollection of this holy adventure, I do know that it was monumental for my life. Up until today my mother always tells me how as an infant I was cleansed in the holy water in Golden Temple of Amritsar, Punjab.

Growing up my second home was the United Kingdom. There are so many memories of visiting family and creating new experiences. By my 20’s that’s when the traveling bug hit! It started with Cuba, and then I fell in love with Europe. I have been to Italy four times and love all things European. My dream is to live in Europe one day! The moment my feet hit the ground of each country it feels as if I’m walking on ancient terrain. Almost like I have traveled to certain places before.

In June 2016,  I had the opportunity of to travel to Europe with my best friend! We had wanted to do this for years and finally were able to make this trip happen. It was a journey of lifetime and memories we will share forever. Prior to this trip the last time I was in Europe was in 2013, I went with a tour organization called Contiki Tours! With the tour group we explored the Mediterranean — Spain, France, Monaco and Italy. I was apprehensive about going on the tour alone, as I would be with a group of complete strangers and traveling with them for a lengthy period of time. There was something inside me was saying step out of your comfort zone and embrace this opportunity. This truly was a time of growth. Little did I know that these unfamiliar individuals would become my new group of family and lifelong friends.

The beauty of traveling is life experience! This past summer especially, while being in Europe I had no concept of days or time, I was so consumed in the moment – it was exhilarating. I was never concerned of where I was heading next or fear of being alone. This experience taught me to go with the flow. While on the Contiki trip to the Mediterranean, new faces became familiar friends. I met people from all over the world and connected on such a beautiful level. It was as if there was an invisible thread that connected each and every one of us together on the Contiki tour. Something extraordinary was happening, stories were exchanged new memories were created and lives were changed. Each individual had a special gift; something to share that made them shine their own light.

Find life experiences and swallow them whole. travel. meet many people. go down some dead ends and explore dark alleys. try everything. exhaust yourself in the glorious pursuit of life. –Lawrence K. Fish

There were two significant events that I will always carry in my heart. I have always felt connected to the country of Italy. As the Contiki group arrived to Italy I had the pleasure of walking through the terrain of Cinque Terre also known as the fisherman’s islands. At the Cinque Terre, while breathing in the ocean air, many of us hiked from the city of Vernazza to Monterosso. While on the mountains I felt so close to the sky, limitless, free and so engrossed in the feeling of peace. The Vatican City was another holy experience. When I was at St. Peter’s Basilica last summer, I felt oneness and connected to something far deeper then I can imagine. It was a spiritual awakening. Time stood still and all I could think was how blessed I was to be alive living a dream of traveling in Italy, with new and old friends.

Why does one travel? Traveling open’s the spirit and the soul. It allows us to find clarity, reflect on our own lives and embrace conscious living. We gain perspective while being away from the comfort of our city and home. We encounter souls who we share our stories with and ultimately we are on the same journey. So that being said, where will you be heading next? I’m off to France for the next adventure, hope to see you there!

I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.
Robert Louis Stevenson

Chasing Your DREAMS

Dare to live the life you have dreamed for yourself. Go forward and make your dreams come true.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

What are you afraid of? When is the last time you took a chance and did something outside of your comfort zone? I completely understand that it is scary to take risks and dive into unfamiliar territory. Ask yourself though; are you happy in your present circumstances? Do you ever feel like life is set on the rinse and repeat cycle? Wake up each day to your morning to your alarm, shower, have a quick bite and then off to work. You adjust to this cycle, its fine for a while until you start thinking “I do the same thing over and over again”. I know there are sooo many of us out there who are searching for more. What is stopping you from chasing your dreams?

I’m not saying you have to quit your day job or start a million side projects. I’m asking you to remember, pay close attention to the whispers that spoke to your soul. Go back to childhood, adolescence, and your young adult years. What were you always interested in? What sparked your curiosity?

Throw your dreams into space like a kite, and you do not know what it will bring back, a new life, a new friend, a new love, a new country.
Anaïs Nin

It was in grade 3 when writing became a creative hobby. I was in Mrs. Obrien’s class and this dear teacher encouraged us to write daily. I wrote about absolutely everything from princesses, super heroes, dinosaurs and more! Each week I would have a book mounted on wallpaper cover and ready to add to my collection. In hindsight, it felt as if I was a little editor in the publishing world. It was such a euphoric feeling even at that young age! Not until my 30’s have I started to write again and remember my childhood dreams. Reflect on those vital moments of your life. What were you working towards? Have you kept that dream hidden inside? I encourage each and every one of you to listen to YOURSELF again.

A few weeks ago, one of my best friends called for our daily catch up chats. She was reading something unfamiliar to me. I did not recognize until a few minutes into our conversation that it was something I wrote from high school. Low and behold – it was a high school note from when I was 16! (Before cell phones, many of us born in the 1970’s and 80’s used to pass notes to each other as a means of communication) I was in stitches of laugher as she was reading, but it made me think about who I am today. This note was a reminder of how much I love to travel, and go for what my heart desires. Even at the age of 16 I had dreams to travel and see the world. That vision has stayed with me today as I have had the privilege to travel to parts of the world.

Things do take time and this is something I fully accept and embrace. We all remember that cult classic movie “Groundhog Day “with Bill Murray, is your life mirroring the movie? Are you at a place in your life in which everything is the same day in and day out? Believe it or not, you can change it! The thing is you need to have the desire, vision and complete belief to manifest what you really want. (Desire + vision + belief = Dreams). Take a little leap of faith; don’t wait for tomorrow, next week or month. Allow yourself to take those steps and veer off the path for a bit. It can change, for all you have to remember are those dreams. Lastly, thank you to my soul-sister for making me realize, nothing is impossible. Keep on dreaming and never for a second stop believing!

Be careful what you water your dreams with. Water them with worry and fear and you will produce weeds that choke the life from your dream. Water them with optimism and solutions and you will cultivate success. Always be on the lookout for ways to turn a problem into an opportunity for success. Always be on the lookout for ways to nurture your dream.”
Lao Tzu