Travel Inspiration Series Part XIX

Dreaming of travelling more? We want to inspire you to buy that ticket to freedom. This is why we decided to ask bloggers, photographers and writers from all around the world, to share with us what motivated them to start travelling. We have already cumulated so many wonderful stories and we want to continue to bring you the courage and inspiration you need to take the plunge! 

Grab a cup of tea, sit back, relax and let's get lost in a world full of wanderlust.

Megan from Beat Broke Backpacking - Travel Inspiration Story

Megan Inspiration Story

"I grew up in a small town, with a wide range of middle class folks who are (for the most part) blind to the privileges they hold. The town is 96% white. Our public schools are some of the best in the state and provide quality education that offers compassion to each student, but once I left my hometown I realized there was something missing. Reality.

My college was right in the middle of North Philadelphia. Students from suburbs like mine lived next door to families who were constantly ignored, stereotyped, and forced out of their homes as the school became increasingly popular. After a few years of getting out in the community and seeing the reality of class and racial privilege, I had to step back. My hometown painted a picture of the world that just wasn’t available to so many people. I was ignorant to so many issues and so many perspectives.

The world changed by just moving an hour away. I had to ask myself, “What will I see when I’m in different time zones, different countries?” I took a class on intercultural communications, and the ways that our perspectives differ from people in other cultures and countries, and I was hooked. I needed to travel. I needed to learn more.

This has been my main motivation for traveling. I want to leave this world knowing that I’ve made it a better place. While we can all make a difference in the small communities where we live, we should always be thinking about the consequences our actions may have on different groups of people around the world. As we travel and talk to people from different backgrounds, mindsets, and experiences, our awareness of our actions and their consequences widens. There is always more to learn."

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Genie from Gallivanting Bean - Travel Inspiration Story

Genie Travel Story

"I feel like I was born with an innate love of travel. I took my very first flight when I was just 6 months old from Los Angeles to Bangkok. So I started off my travel career pretty early! But there is one trip that really inspired me to want to see and learn more about the world. I was really attached to my mom when I was younger and scared to be left alone. Then during the summer between 6th and 7th grade I went on a 21 day trip to Australia with a company called People to People. It was the first time I was away from my mom for such a long time. I remember being scared but also extremely determined to make it on my own.

The trip took us along almost the entire east coast of Australia from Sydney to Cairns. I got to have so many amazing experiences like snorkeling at the Great Barrier Reef, learning how to throw a boomerang, seeing the Milky Way, watching kangaroos jump over a fence (yes this was exciting for a city girl like me!), and so much more. I also made friends for life on that trip, girls that I still talk to today. When I came home from my 3 weeks down under I was a changed person. I didn’t want to stay in the comfort of my home, of Los Angeles. I had an urgent yearning to see sights deep under water and high above the clouds, to meet people next door to me and halfway around the world from me, to learn languages with familiar and unfamiliar sounds.

I realized that life has so much more than solely what is placed in front of me and if I settle for that I’ll never have an experience like I did with my 21 days in Australia again."

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Penny from Globe Trove - Travel Inspiration Story

Penny Travel Story

"Travel doesn’t come naturally to everyone. I was one of those people who struggled to wrap my head around it. Don’t get me wrong. I wanted to travel but I was timid and shy. I think I looked at my husband Shawn (my then boyfriend) with a rather envious look. He was always so laid back and comfortable as he flitted from place to place. A part of me wanted to do the same and the scared part of me denied it.

My first trip was to Thailand for our honeymoon. Shawn took care of everything and the plans were all so perfect. He booked the best hotels that we could afford and he planned the itinerary to a T while I twiddled my thumbs in nervousness. Shawn intended to make sure that I loved to travel as much as he did.

I think a part of me just snapped. The amazing hotels remained empty (much to his annoyance! It was our honey moon!) and I kept dancing around trying to take everything in all at once. Shawn says that I was like a child in a candy shop. That was three years back and I am 9 countries wiser. I’ve even seen snow for the first time!

I fell in love with traveling because every time you visit a new place you realize that people are so similar and yet so different. I no longer look through eyes of others but I employ my own. I use my heart, my mind and my feelings to connect and form bonds. Travel has gifted me so much. In a way, travel has set me free. What further inspiration could a girl need?"

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