To me, traveling is not about getting to new countries as much or soon as possible.
It’s about the entire journey. Traveling is about the smell of that sweet coffee of the place around the corner you never planned on going to, but is now your favourite place to have breakfast and plan your day.
It’s about that bar two blocks from your residence, where you see all the people you’ve met so far on the trip gathered together, all on one spot, and you are the glue connecting them all together.
It’s about long waiting periods at the airport, but enjoying them and making the best out of it. In the end, you did want to meet new people and be in an international surrounding, so why should an airport be less than your destination?
It’s about that boat ride you took because you wanted to visit another island. That ride that you secretly regret, because all you have been is nauseous. But it doesn’t matter, because you are on a boat. You have the entire ocean ahead of you. Feel the freedom. Watch the boat hitting the waves and creating that endless, bright white foam. Watch out for some sea creatured you might see passing by. Look at the sparkling water and the shining sun and just take it all in.
That’s what traveling is about for me. The small moments, as we call them. The moments you didn’t plan on having or seeing as “big” moments. That fraction of time where you have absolutely no worry in the entire world. That moment where you enjoy. Your journey. That sweet coffee. The vibrant atmosphere in the bar. The waiting at the airport. The boat ride. Enjoy it, every second of it.