Leaving home is not easy. Whether we’re going on a few weeks’ vacation or a permanent move, it can be difficult to leave the comforts of home for the unknown. To leave the familiar behind means to move forward with a destination in mind but with no idea what will happen on the way there. It can be overwhelming to feel so constantly changed. How can we settle into any kind of normalcy when we don’t even recognize the world around us?
The beauty of travel lies precisely in that vulnerability. When we travel, we meet people who are different from us, we try different foods, and explore different places. When we travel, we can’t hide from the world; we have to go and meet it head-on. And when we take that leap, we become comfortable with trying new things. Language barriers and cultural misunderstandings become commonplace, almost endearing. We stop fearing what we don't understand. And when we eventually return home, we can appreciate it for what it truly is: home.