Wednesday, January 5, 2011

What has traveling done for you?

I feel like I have spent a lot of time writing about food lately and figured I should show some love to the other half of this blog - the traveling sailor part.

I have been lucky to have a career has taken me literally around the world and back again.  I thought I would share with you all why I love traveling and what it has done for this Sailing Foodie. Then I thought you could join in by telling me "What traveling has done for you lately?"

How many people can say that they have been to Diego Garcia in the middle of the Indian Ocean or to Bahrain on your way to Singapore?  I am not sure but I am sure that these experiences have molded me into the lady I am today and I couldn't be more thankful!

Just look what I get to see & do!!

Not too shabby for a 30 year old girl from Central Mass if you ask me!! I recently wrote about wanting to delve deeper into Theology this year. A great deal of this has to do with my experiences thru traveling over the past ten years. 

I grew up with a great connection to a Lutheran Church that molded my beliefs and social skills in a way that I will always be thankful for. However, it wasn't until I started traveling for school and work that I realized how sheltered my childhood was.  I always believed in something bigger out there but even has a kid I wasn't sure that I could take what the Bible had to say as historic fact (I like to think of it as a guide book rather than historic accounts of events).  The problem was I didn't know anything different.  I thought the world was only made up of Lutherans and Catholics... At 15, I thought that all I had to look towards for help answering the big "what does it all mean questions" was at my local church.

That all changed, when I began to travel and learn how other cultures interpreted beliefs through a variety of religions and ceremonies! I felt something click!.  Finally I saw that even though we may choose to interpret that "something bigger" in different ways we were all searching for a way to feel connected to our communities.

Sooo you are probably asking "what is the point of this post?"...  Honestly, I am not sure, it keeps changing as I write but I want to share with you these few thoughts....

  • I want to express why I love and NEED to travel.  

  • That throwing myself into a new city, culture and adventure forces me to think outside my comfort zone.  I appreciate what I have at home (family, friends, running water!) so much more after traveling somewhere that is the complete opposite of my day to day life.

  • That traveling has given me the tools to tackle any obstacle that comes at me. (Navigating in a land where you know nobody or the language makes you stronger! I don't care who you are, that is a FACT!)

  • Traveling as exposed me to the teachings of Buddha & Hindu which have truly helped me come to terms with not being such a perfectionist

  • The silence you are surrounded by while crossing the Atlantic Ocean forces you to listen to yourself and be comfortable in your own skin.  (try sitting in complete silence for 10 minutes... it is hard!)
So I guess in a rambling & not so to the point post that is what traveling as done for me.  It has made me a calmer more open-minded adult.  I feel like I can tackle challenges with more confidence because I have haggled down the cost of that taxi cab in Bahrain, tried insects while in Singapore & crossed a crowded intersection in Rome (perhaps the scariest task of them all!)

Now its your turn... please feel free to comment on "What traveling has done for you lately?"  and if you haven't traveled where would you go?  I am always looking for my next adventure!

Happy Travels everyone!