On a regular basis, I’m happiest at home, but I do like to travel to break me out of the rut. I like doing new things and seeing new places. I feel like it wakes my brain up and makes me more creative. When I go somewhere, I try to immerse myself in the experience, which can be difficult for me, as my default setting is, “Please don’t talk to me.”
It’s not that I hate people; it’s just that I mostly prefer my own company. I like to read and I like to make up stories about people. When people do inevitably talk to me (I have no idea why; I’m told I appear standoffish), I do enjoy hearing their stories.
My favorite thing about traveling is to see new scenery. I love landscapes and skies, trees and water. I love taking pictures of beautiful places, interesting buildings, and things that are broken and decaying. I love pictures of animals and paths. I love to look around at everything. I know I look like a tourist, but I don’t care.
Travel takes the ordinary and makes it extraordinary. I remember the first time I went to Arizona to visit, I was enamored with how huge the sky way. There was just so much of it, stretching in every direction. Before going there, I never knew you could see so much sky at one time. After 7 years of seeing it, I became numb to it. I no longer looked up in wonder every time I went outside. But then I traveled to Texas, and there were trees! Everywhere! I had grown up in Pennsylvania, so trees weren’t new to me, but after 7 years of no trees, they were new and exciting again. My eyes had missed the green.
Travel helps me to appreciate what I have, and to enjoy different things. While I admire people who do lots of traveling or do exciting things like backpack through Europe, it’s not for me. After a week being somewhere else, I’m ready to come home. Like Dorothy, I believe there’s no place like home.
I guess I am not Dorothy. So agree that travel takes the ordinary and makes it extraordinary. I am fascinated in grocery stores overseas and watching how people live. Just the regular stuff of everyday life in another country or culture is what makes me tick.
It takes all of us different types to make the world an interesting place. 🙂