Just a few days ago, I wouldn’t have called these people my friends. In fact, I wouldn’t have even called them acquaintances. We were all just random people traveling along on our own separate paths, going in our own separate directions. Now, here we are, dining together at Buddy’s Pizza in Dearborn and chatting away as if we were old friends. I guess that is one of the wonderful things about travel and stepping out of one’s comfort zone, you open yourself up to meeting new people and developing new friendships. Travel has a way of doing that, you know, enriching lives.
I believe that travel plays an important role in our lives. There are many benefits to travel and this series of articles via the #EcoTravelwithadoba has helped me see that more than ever.
Here are a few of the things I found to be true for me about travel during this trip.
#1 Travel builds self confidence. From the moment that I first decided to take this trip, I was nervous and self doubting. I didn’t know if I could travel alone. This solo trip has shown me that I am stronger than I imagine myself to be and has given me the confidence to venture out alone like this again.
#2 Travel is rejuvenating. From that first night in the hotel alone I found that yes, uninterrupted sleep is as good as I remember it.
#3 Travel is a wonderful way to make new friends. All it takes is curiosity.
#4 Travel is a wonderful way to nourish a desire for learning and discovery. The world is full of new and exciting experiences. I found my learning and discovery on this trip at the Henry Ford museum, an amazing place to visit by the way.
#5 Travel is about community. You might not see it, but travel has a way of bringing people together from all over the world. The more you travel, the larger feeling of community you posses. You begin to see that this world is not about “me” but about “us”.
Just a few short day’s ago I was walking into the adoba hotel alone and now here I was, eating delicious pizza and dining with friends. Travel is an amazing tool, it’s a shame that more people don’t utilize it.
What was the last trip you took? Did it teach you anything?
Check out all of the places I visited on this excursion and read more about what I learned throughout the trip during each checkpoint.