Top 5 Reasons To Love Travelling
#1 Getting lost in the city.
This the best thing to ever happen to someone who’s always afraid to explore new places. You do a lot of massive planning, paranoid that there will be bedbugs on the bed, that there won’t be private washroom in the hostel room, worried for the train that you’ll miss if you don’t book that taxi from the hotel on time, and the list just goes on. You grab all the walking route maps, the sightseeing brochures only to end up discarding them after bumping into a vintage looking Chocolateria San Gines, where the best ever Churros spot is located in sunny Madrid. After that you just walk, following the organized pebble stones to the left, like Dorothy did on the yellow brick road, which leads you to another mysterious spot with wooden puppets dangling from the door.
#2 The world looks a little different from where you stand.
We are often in a daily routine, waking up in the morning, going to work, coming back home feeling knackered and resting for the next day. Reading the social timeline makes me more determined to see the world a little different than the world back home. More often than not, the experience leaves you feeling humbled and grateful for living in a harmonious country. In Phnom Penh, I had lunch at a place call Friends Restaurant which is supported by a charity body to keep the children of the streets. The friendly staff were teachers and students of a school just beside it, giving opportunities to the locals in sustaining a healthy income for their family.
#3 You gain more friends by just saying hello.
We were cold from the bus ride from Inle to Yangon when it stopped for a food and toilet break two hours into the journey. That’s when we said hello to a Malaysian guy who was travelling solo in Myanmar and invited him to join us for a chat. There was also that trip to Kuantan, Pahang where we met the most colourful travel writer who have also turned into a closed friend. These are the travelling perks which I love so much because interacting with different people keeps your mind fresh and positive.
#4 It teaches you to be patient.
This is true especially when you’ve planned for everything to happen and then something goes wrong along the way that you need to optimize a plan B, place C or a plan D just to rectify the problem. I’ve become more patient throughout the years of travelling especially with the people I’ve met and traveled with. Life is just too short for travel grudges. You might as well enjoy it even if it means waiting an hour for the perfect sunset to arrive, on the most spectacular sandy beach in the whole wide world.
#5 It’s love at first sight.
There needs to be a lot of passion for travelling but how passionate are you about travelling that you’re willing to eat all the instant noodles for a week, just to save for that trip to the mountainside or beach. Seeing the world as I’ve mentioned often, keeps the passion alive throughout the year.
About Yafieda Jamil
A Malaysian girl currently working abroad in Phnom Penh city. I love a good road trip, hot cappuccinos, spicy food and staring at old buildings. My mission is to inspire people to see the world differently before we all get any older. Oh and giraffes are the most beautiful creatures on earth.