I had one goal when writing the introduction for this travel page – to not type the word ‘experience’. Seeing as I’ve already blown that objective, moving on with grace may be an issue. Fortunately, in both my writing and my traveling, I’m more comfortable moving on without it…
‘By reflecting on my personal bouts I aim to promote cheap, bizarre and worthwhile ways to see the world.’ That was the line I intended to begin with. Then, I read it back and wanted to shove my hands down a toilet (a fitting punishment for writing such crap). Instead, I just decided that forcing another 25 generic sentences of equal or greater crappiness is something best left up to Yahoo news. So with that in mind, I’ll be relatively short and uncommonly sweet.
Traveling is a fascinating ordeal – a string of unusual events that cannot be rivaled in the course of one’s normal life. I realize some may not share the same enthusiasm for trouncing through foreign lands as others, but if given the chance, it is something everybody should try. And as I’m told, it’s something that if you don’t do, you’ll eventually wish you did. But, I will keep the travel preaching to a minimum and simply write about mine, with the hope to inspire yours.
There was a lot planned to get out of going abroad – hearing different perspectives, copying numerous accents, and entering unique cities, cultures and environments. And yet for me, the most subduing elements of world travel were the things I never predicted. I’d like to end this intro with a toast to the unanticipated and most cherished aspect of my travels – the kindness of the people I met along the way.
I remain astonished by the countless individuals who went out of their way to help me out without wanting anything in return. I have found this unchecked altruism in person after person and on trip after trip. These people alone are worth every penny and every ounce of effort. They have become, and will forever be, the most endearing feature of my time abroad.
To all (many friends and many more strangers) who have aided me in my adventures, I thank you and owe you the deepest amount of gratitude. Without your generosity, my travels wouldn’t have been possible. Without you guys, I’d likely be sorting through dumpsters in a lonely European alley or wandering the arid expanses of Australia thirsty, unshaven and mostly naked. So, Cheers guys.