Since I started this blog over a year ago, I’ve been trying to understand what it’s really about. I love to write, and I love to travel, so I figured – why not write about travel?
I wasn’t expecting how much the intent behind my writing would evolve from its conception. What started as an attempt to record my travels and the recommendations I so often gave to friends has become a journey of self discovery and improvement.
One thing has been made clear: this blog is not about identifying the top tourist attractions, the best restaurants to eat in each city, or where the cool “local” spots are (which, in my opinion, is all highly subjective and repeated ad nauseam).
This blog is about my search for happiness, which happens to manifest through travel. It’s a subjective tale of the universal human truths I’ve consistently encountered across the world and how they’ve challenged me to become a more cultured, open-minded, independent and thoughtful person.
Although I will give you tips on where to go and what to see in each city from my perspective, I believe I can also offer you something else: a deeper dive into local culture, a creative interpretation of the essence of a city, what its people, architecture, history, and landscape – amongst many other features – have taught me and how it translates into our everyday, non-traveler lives.
The most important traveling you can do is within yourself. Traveling is one of the many catalysts to unearthing what is really important to us in life. Personally, the discomfort and unfamiliarity triggered by the unknown of travel push me towards what I value most: connecting with people, loving, learning, and being unafraid of change.
When we open our minds and hearts, we also become more receptive to encountering happiness in the most unexpected of places. I find mine in the sheer awe of absorbing nature’s wonders, in forming connections with random strangers from the sole commonality of being at the same place at the same time, in playfully speculating how a piece of art or architecture can answer a question I was asking myself earlier.
I cross countless foreign lands in search of an oasis, the place where I can clearly see myself, the world, and my goals within it, yet the greatest irony is that what I seek never leaves me.The happiness and clarity I find in my travels, I carry with me wherever I go. I write to make sense of what I learn, to immortalize its value and beauty, and to share with you along the way. I want to inspire whoever may be curious about finding their own unique path to happiness. And as I carve out my path, unruly and winding as it may be, I hope I can lend you some thoughts to help build yours.