5 hours ago
Do you ever feel like your personality has an anomaly? Like, there’s something about you that doesn’t seem to fit with the rest of your tastes and preferences?
For me, that’s always been travel. I often wonder why I’m so drawn to visiting new places. Normally I’m a homebody. I could be at home for days without going stir crazy. My dream is to have the house to myself for days on end. I don’t mind if a lot of time elapses without a conversation, and I honestly prefer to stay home and read over many other activities.
But for some reason, the idea of getting on a cramped airplane, having to make small talk with fellow passengers, staying in an unfamiliar hotel or Airbnb or host family’s house, meeting new people, and trying foods that are way outside my comfort zone still appeals to me.
It’s weird, right? This push and pull. I guess these brief moments of novelty when I’m traveling make me feel more alive. I suppose seeing how other people live pulls me out of my dream world and back into humanity. The break from reality breathes life into my normal routine.
Maybe it’s that it’s like pushing reset button on my brain, because I always see things just a little bit differently when I come back from a trip, no matter how short or how close to home. Kind of like how you see the world in a different light after finishing a good book.
I’d love to hear why you travel. What draws you to escape your comfort zone?