People make a place. The relationships I’ve developed during my travels are what stick with me the most after I leave a city or country. Little pieces of my heart get left behind, not with the location itself, but with the people I’ve laughed with, cried with, ate with and done life with while there. Even if I were to return to a destination, I know it would never be the same experience. It would be a new combination of people and a whole new adventure, which is a beautiful thing. There is always the possibility of something new even in a familiar place if you meet new people.
Of course you won’t adore every person you meet while traveling, but you can still learn from each individual you interact with. The people you meet will help shape the person you are and give you new perspectives to consider. I’ve been privileged to meet an abundance of incredible people from all over the world on my journey. They have all helped me become the woman I am today, and I know the people I have yet to meet will continue to help me refine myself and my values.
I truly believe that people are the greatest treasure waiting to be discovered while traveling (food is a very close second). But it is so easy for us to stick to what and who we know, missing the opportunity to create an incredible friendship. Just consider how many people pass through your life as an extra each day with little or no thought about them. Each one of those people is living a life as complex as your own. They have the same intricate range of emotions and their own successes and failures.
Obviously we can’t meet each person around us, but it is worth taking the time to really get to know the people we do meet. And that is my goal with this section of Taravels. I will post interviews with the people I meet on my travels to share their stories. There will be an underlying theme of people’s travel experience, so you can glean some travel tips and advice. But the main goal is for you to share in the pleasure of becoming intimately acquainted with these wonderful people.
Click on each person’s picture or name to read their interview.
*Disclaimer: Please note that in order to accurately convey the people I’ve featured, I will not be censoring language or themes. As such, some articles may only be appropriate for adult readers.