“Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.”
-Terry Pratchett
Parul Sanwal wrote this article for Why Do We Travel as she shares her travelling experiences with us!
I have personally known so many sides of me and made so many decisions while travelling. There have been moments so challenging which involved a task as simple as getting on to a metro. And out of all the trips I have ever taken(the trips that have taken me), I have come closer to acknowledging a fact that it is more about the journey than about the destination.
Ibn Batuta, the great traveller of all times, said something extremely apt about travelling, about how it makes you go speechless, and then turns you into a storyteller.


“Ever walked through the corridors of a five hundred year old fort wondering how many stories they must carry? 
Ever trekked a mountain and felt a gush of cold air hit your face making your realise you’ve finally hit the top? 
Ever dived so deep in an ocean that it hit you, you’re not meant for the shores? 
You break an infinite number of comfort zones while travelling, whilst breaking them you carve out a new self. Nothing might change in the whole wide world, but with the might that travel changes you, it is in all honesty astounding.”


The unparalleled sense of euphoria igniting you to find you is what the magical essence of travelling is. While trembling upon rocky paths in the mountains or streets with an unknown language looking for a way, there is a vast possibility of discovering parts of yourself you up until now did not even know existed. It is exhilarating that how something as simple as packing up your bags and setting out on a trip, could prove to be an adventure of a lifetime(mandatory Coldplay reference).
Travelling will give you dear diary moments, it will make every fibre of your being feel more alive than it ever was. Every shred of your soul will ache for places that you have not been to yet, for stories that are not made yet, for poems not written yet, for pictures not clicked yet, for the dawn waiting for sun yet. And when you do all this, there will be a piece of you telling you to do all of it yet again. That is how you will become a traveller, and that is the precise moment when you will know why do we travel! Keep wandering, keep wondering, because you know, “Not all those who wander are lost!”

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