Why Travel?

Trip Start Jan 28, 2011
Trip End May 23, 2011

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Danna's Apartment

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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

“When we get out of the glass bottle of our ego and when we escape like the squirrels in the cage of our personality and get into the forest again, we shall shiver with cold and fright. But things will happen to us so that we don’t know ourselves. Cool, unlying life will rush in.” – D. H. Lawrence


I have been asked by many the important question of 'why travel'?  My Mom was recently explaining the reasoning behind my cultural upbringing and had an insightful answer to where the seeds of my interest in travel may have been planted.

Given that my parents are Israeli, travel is a part of their upbringing and education. In Israel, at the age of 18 children enter the army (males for ~3 years and females for ~2 years).  After the army, the young adults are eager to escape and experience life outside of their country that is approximately the size of New Jersey.  Given that the surrounding countries tend to be Arab, they choose to board on a flight (usually to South America or Southeast Asia) and begin traveling the world for the following half year to many years.  This is their 'rebellious' state in which they get those crazy desires and experiences out of their system.  And the knowledge for how to travel, as well as the desire for international adventures, is cemented. 

My parents took us five children to travel the world since I was the age of six.  And the interest for worldly experiences was sparked.  I traveled in at least a dozen countries before entering graduate school.  At the start of my graduate studies, I started actively discussing the idea of exploring the world for up to half a year upon completion of my degree.  And I began saving money and accumulating airline miles to make the trip possible. 

Fast forward 6.5 years, and that is where I am today.  A passport with four new visas, plans for travel in five Asian countries, and a small amount of funding and loans to help me make my way.

Now let's look at the weather during my $5.50 bus ride from DC to Boston yesterday (with complimentary internet -- go MegaBus!).  And then look at the weather in Chicago both yesterday and today.  Snow storms and blizzards gave me that much wanted down time to stay on the East Coast for numerous more days, visiting family/friends, taking care of those last minute items, quality down time to relax, and one last snow storm adventure before making my way towards sunshine.  Thus, I will begin the international adventures on Feb 7. More updates to come!


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