“Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.”
– Anthony Bourdain
I’ve always liked that quote. Anthony Bourdain was one of the most insightful travelers and all around persons whom I’ve always admired and never got to meet. And unfortunately, I’ll never get the chance to. A Chef by profession. A traveler and philosopher by heart.
Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. Those three small sentences can induce a multitude of interpretation. They are at the center of what the Travel Misfit is all about.
I have no issues with people that like to travel first class, stay in five star hotels, dine at the finest restaurants, and strut out to their private or semi-private beach in the plush robes emblazoned with the luxury resort logo. Never spending the time or energy to understand the city, country, or culture whose hospitality they are enjoying. I’ve done it many times myself. Minus the strutting and the robes.
I still like to travel first class, or as close as I can afford. But I like my travel experience to be more raw than I did a decade ago. Sipping a margarita on the sun drenched Mexican Riviera is sublime. But show me the history. Show me the culture. Let me meet the people. I want to learn. I want to understand. I want to get to know you. We all have a story, tell me yours.
There are millions of miles of beautiful beaches around the world. If sitting on the beach is your thing, great. Pick one close to home and enjoy your Pina Colada or Corona. But if you want more from travel and this world, you have to get uncomfortable and do some exploration.
Travel isn’t always pretty or comfortable because that is the reality of the world. Travel will provide you with magical places and magical moments. It will provide you with amazing experiences and new friends around the globe. It will also bestow upon you lessons and education on topics you never even knew existed. If you let it.
When I first started Travel Misfit it was a travel blog. A way of sharing my travel experiences with friends and family. I hope those same feelings of talking with old friends and sharing my travel passion continue on as I expand this site into something more. I don’t just want to share my travel experiences. I want to help you have your own. As meaningful and powerful as they can be.