“Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you-it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you… Hopefully, you leave something good behind.” -Anthony Bourdain
If you have read this blog before, you’ll know I love Anthony Bourdain. I think that despite his frequent jabs at vegetarians, he is wonderful. The aspect of his adventures that captures my heart the most is his genuine attempt at living the lifestyle of a local. I believe that there is a time for all types of travel, but by far my preferred style is to live like a local. Watching Bourdain’s encounters makes my heart swell with anticipation for my next adventure.
As for the quotation, travel is not all the cute Instagram posts and fun snapchat stories we see all over the internet. It leaves you with all the physical and emotional scars over wounds that cut you open in the best way. Travel forces you to confront yourself. You feel yourself ripped open with raw emotion at the experiences. There will always be something that pulls at you. Lost luggage, flight/hotel/fill in the blank rental gone wrong. Witnessing the poverty, violence, starvation, and more. These experiences initially tear us apart inside. We grieve, guilty and tormented, until we find ourselves rebuilt and stronger than ever. We move forward to create a better, more informed and more involved global community.