Always looking for a new adventure–this one involves Peru, hiking the Inca Trail, 3 nights of below freezing camping, learning how to be extremely low maintenance, and traveling with some great friends (Ashley, Robby, Tejal) for the first time. I’m sure one can really learn a lot about herself while sleeping in a tent in 30 degree weather after spending three straight days doing nothing but hiking at 10,000 ft + altitudes–I’ll get back to you on that.
Leading up to this trip, I’ve mostly been planning and stressing out about what I have to buy–a warm sleeping bag, hiking boots, warm clothes, water purifying tablets, wool socks (I’m clearly not an avid hiker by any means)–but today I took a minute to sit down and think about the bigger picture.
One, I realize just how lucky I am to be able to spend my free time traveling the world and exploring new places. So many people all over the world cannot afford these same luxuries and, hence, spend their entire lives in one place. It’s a weird thing, feeling happy and sad at the same time. Happy for what I am able to experience in life but also sad for others who cannot experience what I am able to. I was told by a friend that the porters working on our trek love little gifts given by the hikers. After his hike, he gave his porters some of his hiking clothes and they were elated–such a simple gesture left such a huge impression. Not being able to experience travel themselves, they revel in the fact that people from all over the world give them simple trinkets that they can collect. I’m thinking I need to get myself to the closest souvenir shop and buy a few “I ❤ NY” t-shirts for my trip now.
Two, travel is a driver of harmony. In my humble opinion, experiencing new cultures and ways of thinking is one of the biggest driving factors for a harmonious world. Think about it–experiences lead to understanding, understanding leads to acceptance, acceptance leads to harmony.
My point is–let’s all travel a little more! Our very own way of contributing to a smaller, more peaceful and collaborative world.