Day 29 of 30 Days of Indie Travel Project, from BootsnAll
Prompt #29: ONE WORD
“What does travel mean to you in one word?”
“Grow or develop well or vigorously; prosper; flourish.”
“To travel” is so many things, and that brings us to today’s word: Thrive. Not that it’s the only word. But out of a long list considered, it’s the word that sums up all the others, and they all add up to that one word.
I’ve been fortunate to see a decent slice of the world. Over the years, every trip, every memory has been more and more amazing to me. My travels have made me more alive, from the excitement of seeing new countries and learning new cultures, to getting a taste of what life is like for other people in other parts of the world.
Whether alone or together, travel has connected me more to this world, to myself and to other people.
No matter how different a place is or its people are, we don’t have to be the same to nonetheless be familiar. We try to get through today better than we got through yesterday. We want a better world for those here now, and for those who come after us. As long as we live, we can learn, we can love, we can grow. We can discover, and we can understand that to discover, is really to get to know something for the first time, and realize that part of you already knew it.
When I look at these words, I think back on all my trips and all the ways travel has touched and shaped my life. Travel’s effect on me is far more than the sum of these parts. In life and in travel I try to bring a vim and vigor, an excitement and a clear mind. My fascination with each day, whether home or abroad, traveling or working, is because of what I’ve learned over my time on the road.
Travel teaches us that living is a baseline. Real life, life worth living, needs a bit of gusto. To travel, to live, to learn, is to grow well and vigorously, to prosper, to flourish. It is to seek out the passion and love in each day. It is to thrive.
And that’s the word.
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