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I’ve been back from Nicaragua one week today. I didn’t want to come home.
I felt like a million dollars but since I have been back, I feel depressed.
I sleep too much. I can’t write. The scenery makes melancholy.
The city life, perhaps even living in Canada, I now understand, is not what I need.
Nature, simplicity, sun, this is what I desire.
I feel stuck. I can’t leave. At least not now.
In the meantime, I need to find my joy once again. I need to escape from my post-travel blues. The haze I am in, it is blocking out Toronto’s beauty.
I’ve struggled for a week to summarize my trip to Nicaragua (pictures here), to put words to the multitude of feelings, experiences and realizations that I made while I was there. But I’ve given up. I can’t do it in one article. My hope is that all that I have experienced will be reflected in my writing. In this past week I have come to realize why travel is such a strong passion for me. The exhilaration of a change in perspective.
To me, the greatest gift that travel affords is the way it alters your perception. For it is hard to not be sucked in. It’s hard to not lose perspective. When all you know is what you know, it is hard to remember that there is a whole world outside of it.
Your life, your career, your family, your friends, your local community. This is your reality. These are the stories you hear. Some you connect with and some you don’t.
But yours is not the only perspective
There are stories all over the world that you would love.
Some you feel compelled to know better. You are drawn to them. Your reasons? Many. The food, the history, the nature, the challenge, the language, the colours, the culture…they are endless.
Just dig into a country, a place that draws you and I bet you’ll be woo’ed. Learn about it. Read about it. Allow yourself to get lost in its stories.
Experience the exhilaration of a change in perspective
Take the step. Commit to leaving that which is comfortable for that which is unknown. It’s scary but it is incredibly fulfilling.
You can take the time away. If you want you can even do business or pleasure via the web almost anywhere.
You can afford it. Think of it as an investment in inspiration. I learned so much about wealth while I was gone. I can’t wait to share it with you.
You will be safe. I always worry about that each country I travel to. But each time I travel I am overwhelmed by the kindness of strangers.
You will be comfortable. Just go to a place that you are drawn to. You’ll find home.