Once you have it, it's never letting go! Sure, the saying may sound a little cliché by this point, but I have no doubt that it is true from my own personal experiences.
Backpacking Europe, Traveling to larger cities and their area's such as Toronto and Vancouver, (all of this both alone and with friends) and even just being willing to take the dog on a walk somewhere new in town - it's all so exciting! (Except picking up dog crap).
I feel traveling has changed my life for the better. It gives you independence, maturity and an adventurous drive for life! The friends that I've made along the many streets, parks, mountains and rivers, I still hear from them on social media. The experiences such as visiting Vimy Ridge to being on the Eiffel Tower, climbing Cypress Mountain to being in the dungeons of Hamburg all have changed me and can show how amazing one thought can be. If you ever thought of traveling, I say just get a ticket and go! (that's what I did for backpacking Europe!) Honestly it really is that simple. After I booked a ticket, I had 3-4 weeks to get prepared. I chose some of my Hostels, AirBNB's, etc... ahead of time, but I also left room for flexibility, so if I wanted to stay somewhere longer, met a cute girl, and the like. The most exciting and my personal favourite part of traveling is when you are literally standing and thinking "Okay, I just finished a week in Paris, where should I go now? Amsterdam? Berlin? Warsaw?" We are so lucky to be living in such a connected age where most travellers can go to many countries unrestricted, yet, there are many of us who have never been out of our home country, let alone province? Why is this?
The question I purpose to you is this: Why don't more people travel? It's not like people don't want to travel, but more like one gives excuses not to. The most popular is money. The phrase "I would live to go to (Insert destination here) but I cannot afford it!". This is silly. If you REALLY want something in life, go for it. Start putting money aside, see if you can stay with any friends or family while there. Find a way! It's never too late!
With that being said, I highly recommend you travel out of your country at least once in your life. It doesn't have to be somewhere adventurous like India, China, South Africa or The Congo. If you are in the UK, try visiting Germany or France. In you are in Brazil, maybe visit Ecuador? You're a Canadian? Visit the Netherlands! (They LOVE Canadians there! I tell you from experience). Life is too short to be in your own little closet, go out and see the world, see new things, meet new people, try new food, learn new languages! The list is endless. If more people traveled, I feel the world would be a little more tolerant and loving due to the sharing of experiences, cultures and smiles.
That's all for now. I will be doing many, many further posts on my previous, upcoming and current travels. Until then, safe travels!
This is the spot where Henry blabs on about what he thinks, events, etc... All the normal stuff.