Erin, an amazing Australian friend of mine (whom I met in a hostel in Dubrovnik a few years back), once told me a brilliant quotation that has stuck with me. It goes, “travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer”. If you are here, reading my blog about travel, you will have probably heard it before. If not; well, here you go. Take it in, savour it, because it is true. Every penny I have spent on my travels has been worth it for a number of reasons. The people travel has enabled me to meet, the different cultures I have been lucky enough to see, the food I have been able to taste and the experiences I have had on my travels have been a superb investment. I have these imprinted as memories for the rest of my life. I know if I had stuffed the money I have spent on travelling in a bank account and had stayed at home, I would not be the person I am today. I know I would certainly be poorer for it – emotionally and spiritually. Travel has opened my eyes to a number of things about myself and others and has taught me a host of skills that I could have probably have learned elsewhere, but I am sure I had more fun learning them in the humidity of a Bangkok night market or on the back of a yacht (Tooheys in hand) in the Whitsunday Islands in Australia. So, open your purse and wallets, splash the cash (within your means, of course) and I can guarantee your travel will pay you back tenfold.
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