Travel Excites A Sense Of Childlike Wonder

Kawagoe, Japan 35° 55' 30" N | 139° 29' 9" E
“I don’t know where I am going but I’m on my way.” – Carl Sagan

 

When we step out of our day-to-day, we step back into this crazy huge world we’re all a part of. Where there are wild cities, confusing signs, secret destinations (!!!) and so many things we never thought we would eat.

"I can't think of anything that excites a greater sense of childlike wonder than to be in a country where we are ignorant of almost everything. Suddenly we are five years old again. We can't read anything, we have only the most rudimentary sense of how things work, we can't even reliably cross a street without endangering our life. Our whole existence becomes a series of interesting guesses." -Bill Bryson

Seeing the world with a sense of childlike wonder is a profound experience. There are smells. Tastes. Incredible sights. Unforgettable people. And life-changing experiences.

These encounters with the world have a transformative effect on us. We simply can't be the same person we once were on returning from a journey abroad.

Because when we "see the world" with a sense of childlike wonder, that very statement begins to mean a little more than at first glance. Barriers break down! Empathy reigns supreme. And the world becomes a little bit friendlier. A little bit warmer.

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