It’s been about a month since I arrived here in Florence, and after finally enjoying a full day of sun, walking along the Arno River yesterday, I had some time to reflect on my travels.
|The Arno River|
On the way over to NYC my carry-on bag (which I had just bought) was already showing signs of weakness, with over a month of traveling ahead of me there was no other choice but to buy a new bag. This brings me to the First Lesson I Learned while Traveling:
|Navigating NYC Metro|
“Take half as much clothes and twice as much money.”
(An old travel axiom that my dad likes to quote)
While the first lesson came to me pretty quickly the Second Lesson I Learned while Traveling took a little more time and realization:
Traveling isn’t about the places you go…
…or the things you collect
Traveling is about the People you Meet
Being that I hadn’t really been outside of the country before (except to Canada…) I was extremely excited to check some countries off my list (you should never degrade traveling down to only a list, but I’ll get back to that later). I was going to visit Sweden, Norway, Germany, and Italy at the minimum.
|Kristiansand Zoo, Norway|
I listened to the stories of the people in the airport, on the train, and everywhere in-between (I met a girl who was in the US for the first time in two years after starting up an ice cream business in Tonga and I bonded with many random people over the sole fact that we could speak English, but not Swedish, Norwegian, German, etc..) I realized very quickly that it didn’t matter where my destination was because so many amazing stories were found within the people all around me regardless of where I was at. This brings me to the Third lesson I learned while traveling:
|Enjoying the not so convertible weather in Germany|
And again, never reduce your trip down to a list of things to do. Plans change, discoveries are made, and life happens. If you get enchanted by the idea of a place you never heard of before… then go. If you meet someone who gives you goosebumps (or chicken skin for my Hawaii peeps) by just listening to them… then stay longer. You will come to find that all those places you thought you had to go are no where near as important as the places and people you just happened to fall in love with.
Stay tuned for future posts about Florence and a video (hopefully in the near future) of my month and a half of living out of a bag, traveling Europe, and seeing old friends.