Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
– Mark Twain

I haven’t really traveled much in my life so far, but a recent trip of mine reminded me how important and inspiring travel is. The best part about it is opening your eyes to new things.

Lots of times we fall into the day-to-day rut of work and life and don’t take the time to see what else is really out there.  We close ourselves off because it’s easier and more comfortable that way.  Taking a trip to another part of the world is hugely beneficial because it breaks us out of that rut and throws us into completely foreign and new territory (pun intended).

My trip to South East Asia was exactly what I was looking for.  I was tired of the same old thing day in and day out.  It’s great to be comfortable, don’t get me wrong, but I wanted to be thrown into a world I had never seen before and I couldn’t have been happier.

Going to places like Bangkok, Koh Phi Phi (right), Kuala Lumpur, and Bali allowed me to see things I had never seen before.  It’s great to see all the sights and spend time in amazing places but one of my favorite and most memorable parts of the trip was going around to all the small villages in Bali and seeing how the people lived.  It’s truly amazing what people go through in other parts of the world just to survive.  While we take for granted how rice is made, it’s actually an extremely labor intensive task.  So much so that most of the rice farmers in Bali actually don’t produce rice to make money, they do it just to get by: to feed themselves and their family.

Another thing that really had an impact on me was how friendly everyone was.  Many times here at home, I feel like people are very focused on what they are doing and don’t take the time to just have a conversation with people.  It’s amazing what a difference being friendly makes.  The people who were friendly were much more likely to strike a better deal with me in negotiations, or to get my business.

Traveling has that powerful result of not just opening your eyes to things abroad, but also to open your eyes to things at home.  After traveling, you are much more appreciative of what you have here.  You realize there are so many things you take for granted everyday.  So if you are ever feeling like your stuck or need a change, please travel!  I promise you won’t be disappointed, I know I am already planning my next trip!