How Travel Changes You
As a child, I remember our family occasionally taking family trips together. We visited typical destinations, the Grand Canyon, Disney World, and the various states surrounding my home state of Texas. These were fun times but as I got older, I realized that the world was much bigger than I first thought and I hadn’t even begun to explore the possibilities.
Flash forward to later in life, I’m a mother to three small girls and ready to embrace new adventures (as if motherhood wasn’t already a daily adventure). I traveled to Costa Rica with a group of other travel-loving women. This was the first time I traveled such a great distance without my family. The experience taught me a lot about myself and sparked something inside of me, a flame that can’t be put out. When I returned home from that trip, I discovered that I had fallen in love with travel and that this love affair had forever changed me.
Seeing The World Differently
I started to see the world in a different light. Suddenly, the fear that once held me back was no longer there. For the first time in my life, I was more curious than fearful. That curiosity freed me from my own limitations. Not only did I want to experience new places but, I also wanted to share these moments with my children. That is how we became a traveling family.
After the Costa Rica trip, my family and I visited Oklahoma, Colorado, Tennessee, Missouri, Mexico, and several places in-between (all in one year). We traveled together and we grew together. Watching the sunrise and set in various locations is a constant reminder that no matter how different one place varies from another, as people, we all live on the same small planet under the same sun. Observing the excitement on my children’s faces as they took in each new destination and embraced meeting many new and different people was a gift I received over, and over again.
What I Have Learned
The first time I ordered breakfast using my limited amount of Spanish was more fulfilling than any project I completed in the corporate world. I realized that great moments in life are best experienced with my own eyes, not through the screen or cell phone. I learned that moments are more valuable than things and that all your children really want–is your time. Travel taught me humility and patience, two qualities the world and I could use more of.
Why did I fall in love with travel? Iba Battuta said it best, “Traveling it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” I want to have stories big and small to tell my grandchildren one day and all those stories will begin with “Let me share with you how travel changes you.”
“Traveling it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Iba Battuta
To read more about my adventure in Costa Rica visit Mom Goes To Costa Rica
To read more about our experiences as a traveling family read my articles here: Bonding TravelingMom