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This passage speaks volumes to me. It embodies everything I love about and feel towards travelling. I have always loved everything about travel and I don’t mind what other people hate like airport security checks, delayed trains, airplane food and no leg room seats. There is nowhere I wouldn’t go at least once. And I can pack a 23 KGs suitcase in just under 10 minutes.
I have wanderlust, but I didn’t know why. […]
I believe that one’s childhood has a huge impact on one’s likes and dislikes. Therefore, I prefer sea views to mountains views. I don’t like being large at sea for too long, but I find it soothing to watch people fishing, boats come and go and waves crashing … […]
Travelling has been crucial in developing what I
believe are my biggest strengths: resourcefulness and keeping a cool head in
all circumstances. Because when you are in a country where you don’t speak the
language and your brother decides to get off at the wrong station … or your
flight is diverted for security reasons … you will need those nerves of steel.
As we all know; the associative life is a must in order to make the most of your university experience. Therefore, throughout my undergraduate years I was a member of the Model United Nations. I attended conferences all over Europe. During that period, travelling was a mean to discuss with other young people about all problems. And discover and re-discover what can unite people from anywhere around the world despite all differences, supposed or concrete, minor or significant. […] Key anecdote: The Dalai Lama and I were at the same time in Geneva. It was extremely crowded and difficult to get close at the broken chair, so my friends and I ended up watching him on TV from inside the UNOG. […]
Travel is not cheap, especially when you are not vacationing with your parents. I am really aware that it is a privilege even a luxury sometimes, but it is something that I have prioritized. Moreover, there are several fully-funded travelling opportunities out there. So, during the summer, I volunteer in NGOs for two to four weeks. […]
I am not one to sit under the sun for long hours, or on a tour bus. I like travel that is independent. That explains why I barely sleep, when I am travelling within the framework of conferences or volunteering. I am an early bird, and a night owl. I will go out of my way to visit iconic places and to lose track of time staring at breath-taking sceneries … On land or up in the sky. On a plane, I am that person, who paid extra for their window seat and there is no chance they are giving it up. While other passengers pass time by chatting or watching a movie, I am staring out of the window … there is something about being 35 000 feet of the ground with the earth unfolding in front your eyes …
Galivanting the globe is incredible, but nothing compares to the inner peace I feel when the plane starts its decent to Beirut, knowing that my family is waiting for me and that I will be waking up to this view. And during each stay, I ran into a family acquaintance or a childhood friend who will say: “you move around a lot, you need to settle down and live a stable life.” Whatever that means … To continue, I return to a personal question from which I couldn’t abstract myself: why do I travel? Why is mankind’s history filled with explorers’ tails? Why do we dive in the deepest oceans? Why do we climb the highest mountains? Why do we discover planets millions of miles away and spend billions of dollars? The answer is one word: curiosity. My, your, our … irresistible impulse to move, to discover, to explore is a manifestation of our unquenchable curiosity. And the only way to indulge it is to continue to travel.