A few nights ago I was out for a glass of wine with my beautiful (super) soul sister Dejana. It was so nice to see her after her trip to Nepal and hear her talk about people she met, chance encounters she had, projects that inspired her and ideas on how to help people of Nepal, a country very close to her heart. I am grateful to have friends like her, people who are inspirational, compassionate, alive and passionate about life. People who travel much and always have stories to tell, people who like to be outside of their comfort zones ones in a while, people who are citizens of the world.

We discussed how traveling and getting outside of your comfort zone is not only nice, but necessary. Our lives and homes are great, they give us grounding and stability, but it is leaving all of that stability what gives us inspiration, freedom and an open mind. Isn't it great to have like minded people in your life?;)
When I feel stuck, uninspired and feel like my world is shrinking to what is comfortable and known, I know it’s time to set sail. For me travel is a necessity - Soulfood. Mark Twain ones said: "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime." I agree with M. Twain; prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness is not often found amongst those who ‘suffer’ from wanderlust. Of course, things are never black and white and if you're a travel, it doesn't mean that you are a better person than someone who doesn't because they, perhaps can't afford to. Same as being able to do a handstand or a Pincha doesn't make you a yogi. However, I believe that everyone who can afford to should travel as it does broaden horizons. 

We travel because we love seeing different landscapes, exploring different roads, experiencing different cultures, meeting different people. We travel to broaden our horizons and to remind ourselves of some simple truths we tend to forget if staying too long in our comfort zones. Like that our believes are just that – believes, not facts. That there are no norms and that the truth is, just like beauty, in the eye of the beholder. We travel to undo the conditioning imposed by our families, societies, communities. We travel to find inspiration, to open our eyes and our hearts to all the beauty of the world as well as to the injustice and suffering. When faced with injustice and suffering most will feel compelled to do something about it, it is our human nature. We travel to feel that oneness with everyone and everything. We travel to experience, to learn how to trust, to let go of (imposed) fears, to be more present, more tolerant, more compassionate, to feel free.

Spending money on travel actually makes you richer if you, like myself, count your riches in people you love, amazing landscapes you saw and experiences you've had.  So, travel much and travel far. Get lost in cities you’ve never been, leave a piece of your heart in a country you don’t call home and find a new friend everywhere you go.  Explore and celebrate this amazing beautiful continent we are blessed to live on.