I am Helena, a First-generation immigrant on a personal quest to explore all U.S States (AND the world).
Having done 46 USA states (and many countries) I often get a lot of questions from people on my “Why?”, my Experiences, the similarities between places and the differences. etc. What can I say? TRAVEL IS AMAZING!!! We are each guaranteed ONE life to live – the one we’re currently in. From junior high, my favorite travel quote has been “The World is a Book, and those who don’t travel stay on one page.” – St.Augustine of Hippo.
Travel is the gift to yourself that keeps on giving, the investment that never expires and isn’t tied to status, relationship status or a job.
I could tell the full story of my WHY, but that’s a long one for another day so imma keep it short. After my PC crashed twice, in Jan 2010 and December 2013 I lost so many pictures from so many trips including Belgium, the Netherlands, Italy, France, Austria, Switzerland, London, Ireland, Scotland, Germany, etc. I then decided to try and convert pictures-video clips to make it easier to save and share photo memories. My first blog started in 2009 way before blogging became “cool” and for me, blogging is primarily a way to preserve and share.
On the matter of Travel…this is Life. Many people love the idea of travel but yet few are able to travel at will, far and wide! I preach that We shouldn’t wait to board a flight before we begin to experience different cultures. Not all of us can be an Anthony Bourdain but when you watch a travel documentary and/or read a travel book, you’ll find yourself transported and feeling immersed into other places, living life through other eyes.
Ask yourself WHAT IS MY WHY? WHY do I want to travel widely?
If you would like to experience other cultures, people and foods but can’t afford the time or wherewithal to go, Start with what’s around You. Start with trying something new every few weeks, talk with that coworker of a different tribe/race/religion and get them to invite you to an event or place which embodies the essence of their culture. Weddings, museums, ethnic neighborhoods, ethnic grocery shops and simply changing up the people you hang out with are all eye-opening ways to “travel to a new place”. Walk into country/region-specific restaurants, sit down and try out a meal or drink indigenous to them and which you’ve never had before. ❤️
Mark Twain said it best in The Innocents Abroad/Roughing It:
“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”
Take a Trip around the world..with Me.
Hugs, One Love and Peace from Jah! Who de cap fit, let dem wear it…