Ever since I was a baby, I have traveled. My family considered it a necessity that I was well-traveled and had a better understanding of the cultures around me. By the time I was ten, I had been to three other continents and either lived there or spent an extensive amount of time there. I guess you could say I didn't catch the travel bug, it caught me.
And it was the best thing that ever happened to me.
Traveling is an essential part of life, and if you're blessed enough to be presented with a chance to take part in it, don't pass it up. Nothing can compare to the smile on someone's face when they've landed in a seemingly whole new world, immersed in another culture. In my opinion, the best way to bring world peace is to travel it.
Exploring the world has given me a more understanding perspective on those around me. It has given me the upbringing of celebrating differences and including everyone. People are built to understand once immersed, it's just a matter of getting them there.
With each country I explore I become kinder, more well-rounded, and happier as a person. I feel as though I've truly found my place in life every time I step on a plane, and you can too. Don't let fear or anxiety block you from experiencing the world. It's there for us to travel, so why wouldn't we?
Being a broke college student, I can understand the fears one may be feeling, but I can assure you that if you just take that leap it will be worth it. Money, time, or family are all valid excuses, but they will all be there when you get back. They can wait. I will be leaving the United States and traveling at the first opportunity, would you like to join me?
Life is about taking chances and making priceless memories. Put down your phone and pick up your backpack, it's time to see those "Tumblr" sunsets in real life. The choice is yours, there's an entire earth out there waiting for you. Are you going to truly live, or simply exist on it?