Trip Start Sep 12, 2007
48Trip End Feb 25, 2007
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I have been allowed, for a short time, the privilege of spontaneity and travel. It's been one of the most remarkable and life changing experiences of my life.
I was asked by a taxi driver in New York, who like many Americans, had not left his own country, and found it hard to comprehend the idea of world travel.
"What have you leaned from all this?"
At the time I mumbled something about self reliance and new experiences
I guess in the beginning, like most holidays, things start off hedonistically.. which was fun, but gradually I've made it more of a mission to learn something from what I was doing, what I was looking for.
I've learned to be more open to other opinions and points of view from the people I have met. In this way, I've also met far more people, learning to be more approachable and confident after years of London living. Traveling alone, which although can be tough at times, is the best way to meet new people and experience travel to the full. You are more able to get into adventures and make those random decisions that give you those experiences that travel is all about.
Some of the most generous people I met were also the poorest. These same people were also the happiest. I've never been particularly obsessed about money, but then again, I've never been poor! But it was humbling to see people earning $2 per day, seeming so care-free, yet acting so generously.
I've seen some of the wonders of the world, from Angkor Wat to the Golden Gate Bridge, then on to the mile-deep Grand Canyon. I've also made some great friends- some I'll never forget, and had some experiences that will always make me smile when I think of them!
I've been extremely lucky to be able to do what I've done- to give up work and all responsibilities and travel for 5 months on my own. But I would advise anyone with the circumstances, time and money, to do it at all costs. Money can be replaced. Time and memories cannot!