I could barely feel my fingers. I even had a hot-hands warmer in each my gloves. They only helped a little. Just hours later, I would experience a feeling that would change my life forever.
As I write this, I look back on not only this journey I’m telling you, but about travel in general. I actually have a theory about it. I would like to reveal my anti-conspiracy theory on travel. To do that, I need to share a few things first.
The general definition of conspiracy is “a secret plan by a group to do something unlawful or harmful.” I will share with you my theory on travel that may be a secret (until now lol) and of course not harmful. It’s actually is a concept of travel that can change the world for the better.
Most people intuitively know that travel can be great for you. The problem is usually how to define, explain or even measure how well it affected you. When people get back from their travels, they may say it was great, but not entirely sure the profound impact. Sure, they can recall the highlights, us humans are great at that.
But the more descriptive recollection of growth seems to escape us. Even if personal growth wasn’t the intent, it usually happens organically. A new environment, an energetic vibe and familiarity striped from you all add to the effect.
There is a way to create a more intentional trip of transformation. It involves 4 elements. Solitude, Connection, Education and Discomfort. These elements mixed together will allow many opportunities of growth during a trip. Once you return, reflecting on the best and most uncomfortable moments will give you perspective and insight.
Personal growth isn’t the only advantage in this theory. Dissolving barriers of division between people is also an added benefit. When we go to another land, we see how different, yet at the same time, how similar we all are.
No matter how different we seem to be, there is an undeniable truth that we are all connected somehow. Seeing this connection through the news is nearly impossible. Feeling it for yourself, that is undeniable. Of course, a certain amount of openness needs to happen.
Travel helps people grow their empathy for others. Because when traveling, people can seem so much different, but we see the world through their eyes. We are able to understand much better why they would think in such a way.
So travel helps us internally by allows us to become our best self. Travel also helps externally by breaking down barriers between us and giving us a better sense of empathy.
Has this been a secret?
I don’t think so, but I also think it hasn’t been a widespread movement. A movement with intention. Travel isn’t new. Traveling with intention isn’t new either, but isn’t widespread.
Let’s change that.
Let’s make this theory, this anti-conspiracy theory on travel go viral. It is the perfect time for this idea to take hold all over the world.
International travel is the cheapest its been in history. Let’s take advantage of that.
More people are interested in traveling and seeing new places. Let’s take advantage of that.
People are looking to become their best version of themselves. Let’s take advantage of that.
It’s time. Help me by sharing this article on your social media right now.
That moment that changed my life forever? Reaching the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest freestanding mountain in the world.