Traveling Doesn’t Make You A Better Person: What Our Generation Gets Completely Wrong About Travel

Really thought provoking.

Thought Catalog

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I remember discussing personal growth with a friend one day—someone I respected and admired—and gushing about how important traveling is to finding ourselves, when she told me the most outrageous thing:

“I think people make too much of a fuss over traveling. I mean, I do love traveling. But I don’t think that it is always the best way to grow.”

At that moment, such an unwelcome notion was downright scandalous for me. My friend was an artist with a creative and curious mind—how on earth could she say that? What could be better for personal growth than getting to know other places, cultures, people, other forms of art? I just couldn’t wrap my mind around it.

Well, it took me a while, but I finally understand what she meant. And I’m glad she gave it some thought before jumping on that attractive but shallow bandwagon. Now, even…

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The Little Things

It’s been a while since I’ve blogged! I have been taking time off from traveling and have stayed in Linz for a few weeks. My body needed a break! My time has been filled with going to class and hanging out with friends here. Unlike the states, where my friends are already on summer break, I will still be in classes till the end of June. I have Thursdays and Fridays off and only a night class on Mondays though so I always have long weekends.



Linz came alive as soon as the flowers bloomed and the air got warmer. There is a sort of beer garden on the campus of my university that is always packed in the afternoons. The spring carnival began, which is is kind of like the Warrenton fair on steroids but no livestock.


There isn’t much happening here that is incredibly exciting but I am still making great memories from the little things. Emily and I had a blast just baking a chocolate cake from scratch. We have danced like idiots to Beyonce in my dorm room with no fear of judgement. We go from being super healthy one day to filling our bellies with Mongolian and taking long naps. We’ve found the cheapest places to buy Heinz ketchup and the biggest pizzas.




We’ve had conversations that make me think about my purpose in live and some conversations that make me laugh so hard that I forget about ever feeling sad. Traveling and seeing new places is amazing, but I think the memories I will carry forever will be the ones I made when things around me weren’t “all that exciting”