Travel is Good for the Soul

(In front of the continental divide in Costa Rica.)

Travel is good for the soul.

Getting back from our 10-day trip through Costa Rica, I am already wondering where we can go next. There’s something about travel (especially international travel) that I find kind of addicting. It started for me when I studied abroad in Spain almost 10 years ago, and I’ve never been the same. My worldview was blown wide open and I’m very grateful.

There’s something that changes in you when you can experience the world through a different lens. When you explore new landscapes, foods, and experiences. When you interact with different types of people. When you let go & get out of your comfort zone.

These new experiences energize me. They teach me lessons that I can’t easily put into few words. They remind me that the world is so much bigger than my self-absorbed daily routines. They make me feel more alive.

In a way, it also reminds me not to get too comfortable where I am. God has us where we are for a purpose and He can move us on anytime He wants. There were times in Costa Rica that I had a hard time remembering where we lived. No joke. Granted, it’s been a big transition year for us. But when thinking about returning home, I’d have flashes of our Nashville life or friends run through my head and then flashes of our Virginia life. It was surreal. I almost didn’t know where I belonged. For that 10-days, I completely belonged right where I was, and I totally could have stayed longer.

Coming home, I’ve gone through a bit of post-vacation depression. There are many things I wished we had stopped to take a picture of (mostly mundane things like a street scene or a person or a regular meal). I failed to capture some of the normal culture of the area and I regret that now. But I am so grateful that we had the chance, and the resources, to go. For me, travel like that really is priceless. And I’m already wondering where we can venture to next…

In closing, here are a couple great quotes on travel to leave you with:

“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” — Jawaharal Nehru

“Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.” — Miriam Beard

“Without new experiences, something inside of us sleeps. The sleeper must awaken.” — Frank Herbert

“No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow.” — Lin Yutang

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” — St. Augustine 

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