There's been a minor misconception about me on trips. A lot of my family members and, what I can presume, my friends as well, think that I'm "stuck-up" when traveling. That's not that case, I tell you ! First, let me say that, the more I travel, the more I realize things about myself that have never noticed before. I'm not that big into "sight-seeing" or " activities". I'm also very quiet at times when I have a lot racing through my mind. Which I usually do have when I'm traveling for the sole fact that, I am trying to retain and take in as much as I can. I'm a multi-tasking but I do need to focus for certain things. I don't like being seen or known as a tourist in places. I want to meet the locals. I want to blend in with the crowd, acting as if being there is absolutely nothing to me, like it's just another day. When, in fact, it is everything. I'm a calm, relaxed person. You can call me a chill traveller. I never really freak out over things and I'm usually just along for the ride. The things that I enjoy most about traveling is just being emerged in a different surrounding, a different atmosphere. Taking the vibes from the city and the city's people in, feeling the change of energy. The right side of my brain tends to take over. The thing is that I like to explore new things and create my own adventures. Why let someone else show their idea of a perfect day in a city when I can create my own. My ideal day traveling anywhere in the world would be heading out to the lunch and then seeing where the day takes me. Letting fate take the wheel of my day and life, directing me into the arms, or places of that I need to be in. The most beautiful thing about traveling is that you're no one. You're literally creating you're own steps in the world. Physically and figuratively, leaving your footprint in a city. Wandering the streets aimlessly isn't always a bad thing. I'm not wandering because I'm lost. I'm wandering because I want to see the places that aren't on my map. Isn't that the point of traveling, seeing the world ? But I mean, REALLY, seeing it, and not just seeing what The New York Times deems worthy of visiting. Seeing the roots of the city you're in. The small cafe on the corner that started the annual poetry slams and, the people who are daily visitors. Going the park that someone met the first love at. To go places and not just say that I've been there but, to say that I created a memory there. It's one thing to go somewhere, it's another thing to do something somewhere. That's the traveling that I like to do. Maybe I say this because I am right-sided. Maybe I say this because I am artistic, even a little bit eccentric. Or maybe I say this because I see the world a completely different way than what others do.
"Please be a traveler, not a tourist. Try new things, meet new people, and look beyond what’s right in front of you. Those are the keys to understanding this amazing world we live in.”
- Andrew Zimmerman