• Apr

    The Realities of Being a Traveler


    When we travel, many of us do it for the love of adventure, for the thrill of experiencing new places, cultures, foods, perspectives and lifestyles. Travel opens you up inside and frees you from the potentially limiting perspective of your own culture and learn to see how other people around the world live.

    And I’m not the only one who feels this way. The late Mark Twain said: “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.”

    I couldn’t agree more.

    While travel encompasses many things, such as a holiday, a long journey or a lifetime on the road, many people think that the adventure will always be fun. Not so. Quite often, points along the way can be quite uncomfortable, painful or downright dangerous, even life-threatening.

    And for some of us, that’s what makes us feel alive. The thrill of the unknown, not knowing what each day, nor even what each moment will bring.

    It’s one of the things that attracted me to Mexico, because Mexico is reminiscent of the wild west. There’s a roughness and a coarseness that attracts some and repels others. There’s also an incredible beauty to the place, the people and the culture. It’s incredibly different from living in Canada.

    For me, Mexico is about a heart connection to the earth. In Canada, it feels more intellectual, from the shoulders up, rather from the heart, down.

    In Mexico, I never knew what each day would bring. Even opening my eyes in the morning could be an adventure.

    And even with the amount of travel I’ve done there’s so much more that I want to explore. In upcoming posts I’ll talk about some of my favorite places and the people I’ve met over the years.

    As always, if you have a question, comment, or if you’d like to write an article, let me know. I welcome new perspectives and ideas.

    Until next time, hasta luego.

    © Nathan Segal

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