Traveling, I didn’t know what it meant in reality until 2013 appeared on the calendar. That was it! Until that year, it felt like I was peaking into the world through the photos of travel bloggers and friends. Then, one day while running another kilometer on the running track at the gym, I realized I had to make some significant changes in my life and do something I had never done before. Travelling was one such thing! This thought didn’t appear like a blast of light in my head. On the contrary, it appeared smoothly, like it was meant to happen strictly at that moment due to all the previous life occasions. Shortly after, I made several trips to Finland since it was the closest exciting place to the city where I lived. Although it was only a two-day journey, it liberated my vision and showed me that life is much more interesting and different outside my comfort zone.
I was not looking anymore through the pictures of travel bloggers. More often, I was scrolling up and down the website pages selling airplane tickets looking for the best offers to a faraway destination, like Spain, for example. Living in a cold climate and in a city where most of the year is rain or snow, it is usual that people dream about the opposite – sun, sea, and blue sky. Spain was perfect for dreaming about visiting it, especially after I realized that I was falling in love with the Spanish language.
In the summer of 2013, I purchased an airplane ticket to Madrid. And for the first time in my life, I was admiring the view of the sky with puffy clouds while sitting in the cozy seat of an airplane. That was a fantastic feeling! Before that moment, every time I thought about flying, I felt intimidated, and when eventually I experienced it, I was super happy. I have proved to myself that fears are based only on your imagination. They are like bubbles and can disappear by easy movement of your inside power supplemented by actions. On the way back from Madrid, I knew that I could, and I would travel later, even further than Spain. So, where is another country where I can practice Spanish? Oh, well, Mexico. Great! So, let’s try it – those were my words. In October 2013, I went with a one-way ticket to the sunny Riviera Maya, making several stops in different cities in Spain. I know that my travel experience is tiny compared to many other people, but for me, it was an unforgettable experience and a huge step in developing my personality.
After my journey, I realized that traveling is exploring the world around you and your inner world, uncovering every new piece that can appear to be a treasure for your soul, mind, and life experience.