Why I Love to Travel

Travel

Written by leahb

April 1, 2023

My love for travel started when I was a kid. I grew up in a poor single parent household and we moved around a LOT. We stayed in the same general area, but moved to a new location every two years or so. I hated it when I was growing up. After a while it was familiar. As an adult, I needed to move around to feel comfortable. Then I started to love it.

Cruise Ship

A Chance to Learn

Traveling as a grown up was so much more exciting than when I was a kid. I started with my summer job in college. I worked in road construction and had the chance to explore my home state. Most of the time I was in remote locations. I got to see a side of my state that not many people do. And enjoy the wild beauty in the flora and fauna.

Around 30 I started exploring other parts of the world. I took what I had learned in road construction and applied it to other types of construction. This gave me the opportunity to work in other countries. I learned even more about the industry. But even better than that, was experiencing other cultures. Learning how other people live. Every new place there was something new to learn and discover.

Meeting New People

Since I was always in a new place for work, I stayed in places long term. I got to really know the locals as well as other expats. We developed lifetime friendships and still keep in touch. Decades seem like just a few years when I hear from people from those early days. I can honestly say that I am a better person for making those connections.

Experiencing Different Cultures

Getting to experience different cultures was one of the best parts of work travel. There weren’t many people who didn’t look like me in my small town. My first job outside of the USA was in the Middle East. So I ended up spending most of my overseas time in that area. I learned a little bit of Arabic. Sometimes I fasted when my co-workers fasted. Then went to Iftar. There was participation in celebrations. I ate lamb and rice with my hands. It was all amazing.

Creating Unforgettable Memories

Mostly I love to travel for the experiences. I still remember the time I put my feet in the Arctic Ocean. And I remember all of the beautiful palaces and mosques. The amazing early morning view of Machu Picchu and my travel companions. I remember the fabulous Italian restaurant near my apartment in Mexico City. And the waiter who tolerated my less-than-fabulous Spanish. I feel blessed to have those memories and experiences, and I wouldn’t trade them for anything.

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Written by leahb

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