I’ve always known I’ve wanted to travel but I never knew why.

I didn’t know if it was the whole adventure of it-the airports, planes, taxis, and hotels. Part of me thought it was all about seeing the landmarks and novelties special to each place. Surprisingly, I have found that neither of these are the reason why I so desire to travel around the world.

To me, traveling is the epitome of becoming humble. To watch people pass you on the street and realize that they too have families, jobs, childhoods, and friends is honestly pretty wild.

It makes you open your eyes and say, “Damn. In the grand scheme of everything I am such a small moving part and yet I know that I am of utter importance.”

It’s a beautiful thought to have and I think it’s tremendously powerful. Realizing just how many other people are in this world makes you realize how small you are. It’s like watching the stars at night, it makes you realize how small you are in the vast scape of the universe.

For me, it creates an immediate sense of compassion for every single person that I encounter. It makes me open my eyes to the fact that some of these people also have family issues, or are struggling with money, or have nieces or nephews. It makes me realize that there is someone out there (probably a lot of someones) that is also trying to become a freelance writer.

This is so comforting. To look around and say, there are other people out there with similar goals to mine and a similar learning curve to me makes me feel connected to something, makes me feel a part of something, and makes me feel like this world is a vast web of interconnected similarities between us all.

This is what happens when you travel. Yes, there is incredible adventure and sights to be seen, (I mean let’s be serious who doesn’t want to check the 7 Wonders off of there bucket list?) but there is so much more that traveling gives you.

Traveling gives you the opportunity to see the world in a whole new light. To see the world and say, it’s not me against the world, it’s me with the world. I can travel to the other side of the world and meet somebody who has the same priorities and the same mindset as myself.

It’s a type of inspired that can’t be found anywhere. It can only be found in the nitty gritty of the outer realm of our comfort zones. It can only be found when we decide that it’s time to see how big this world really is. It’s the kind of inspired that changes lives.

Traveling has given me an addiction to this humble feeling. I love living knowing that just as I am one human out of seven billion I am so connected to others-even others that I haven’t met yet.

The adventure and sightseeing is just a bonus ;).