What Traveling Means To Me

I’ve always called myself a travel-lover and never doubted that for a second. Why? New places fascinated me, beautiful sceneries awestruck me and capturing the picture-perfect moments satisfied me. I traveled to beautiful places to take beautiful photos, but that was the point of me traveling. I never enjoyed the plane rides, car rides or even bus rides around the countries I’ve visited, but I enjoyed that moment when I reach the top of a building and take a photo of the scenery below me. It was that feeling of accomplishment that I sought after, the satisfaction a photo brought me when it turned out exactly the way I wanted.

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I spent the past year and a half traveling the world, and the only thing I have left with me are photos. Of course, the experiences, relationships and the meaningful life lessons I learned during the trips are also priceless, but none of them tell a story that others will understand. Most people, when hearing a story, just give a reaction but never actually think. However, a photo tells a clear story and makes it easier for others to visualize and think about.

To see and learn how others live; that’s the reason why my parents decided to take a year to travel. Going around many countries, learning their cultures and experiencing their lives first-hand is definitely a good reason why traveling is important. But on the other hand, it doesn’t mean much when you don’t use the resources you have effectively and record what you do.

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To me, traveling is photography. I record what I do, what I felt and what I saw by taking photos. That’s the reason I travel and that is why I love traveling so much.

Of course, this little post is an opinion of my own. But it does make a good question to think about for travel lovers. Why do you love traveling so much and what does it mean to you?

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