“To move, to breathe, to fly, to float,
To gain all while you give,
To roam the roads of lands remote,
To travel is to live.”
Hans Christian Anderson wrote that and it’s probably one of my favorite quotes about travel. I’ve always been a bit of a loner, even as a child but I was also incredibly curious. I climbed trees and rooftops like every other child. The world around me was so big. As I grew older, that wanderlust didn’t wane. My curiosity led me to books and music and ideas. I am still excited by the prospect of a new landscape. Of seeing the sun set and rise on a horizon foreign to my eyes.
Most memorable experience…
I’d say the best travel experience I had was to America in 2009 when I went for graduate school. I was a student in Louisiana of all places-which gave me an appreciation or southern black cuisine, blues and jazz music and what to do when you’re in the middle of a tornado! I loved the years I spent in America so much because it’s there that my childhood curiosity was stoked again. I wanted to go to the Big Apple and see both coasts. And I did.
America is so vast and I was actually able to go across from Florida to California in the span of one summer. The country represented to me modernity and western excesses. And it was all that yes, but so much more. From the Hollywood walk of fame to a small diner in Alabama that served the best pork I’d had up to that point in my life, the country sort of charms you. I became a man there. I worked. I loved. I had my heart broken. I was profiled. I was a minority among minorities. My world had never been so big. And I never so modest and eager to listen and learn and grow.
The biggest lesson I learned is to have the right mindset. It’s easy to live through other people’s eyes and words-but taking the chance to see things for yourself. To stretch out beyond the boundaries of your life is the best thing you can do to know who you are. It has to be intentional. You have to budget for it, you have to seek out new things and places. Even in Uganda, there’s so much to see. So much so that for the last year, I’ve made it a point to take a road trip to see the pearl of Africa. It has not disappointed.
Lastly I leave you with my travel bucket list-(Sponsors pay attention!!). I encourage you to extend your horizons-even if it just means going a few km away. So much beauty awaits you.
1. Japan in the winter,
2. Botswana for the diamonds and desert
3. Monaco-For the race track and casinos,
4. Mozambique-For the beaches and women speaking Portuguese
5. Austria-Because the hillls are alive with the sound of music!!!
Catch more from Joel on his blog: musingsofatimidobserver.blogspot.ug