They say that travel is the best teacher, I really can’t describe how my perceptions and thoughts have changed while I have been traveling around the world during the last year. I was born in a third world country, raised in a 1st world country, spoke 3 different languages at the age of 20, and look completely different than what people think I am.
I am clearly trapped in-between cultures
I used to be obsessed with having the latest pointy shoes from Italy, having a big watch to show off my man hood, and having the latest $500 gadget in my hand to check my Facebook status OVER AND OVER.
Fast forward a year and the only thing I care about is continuing to travel around the world while I live out of 4 suitcases.
I am going to be scaling down to roughly 15 $10 t-shirts I bought at the Gap, 2 shorts, 1 pair of jeans, and the 15 year old Jansport backpack I had to give CPR to a few months ago by sewing all the holes.
I’m going to be rocking that Jansport until I’m 30!
It really hit me while I was on my trip to Israel and as I speak to friends here in Kenya. Most westerners take travel for granted. As I sit here today I thought to myself how easy is it for me to get around the world.
I went to the South Sudanese Liaison office today to get a visa and just booked a flight to the Victoria Falls. No worries about a visa, I just pay at the border, and no worries about being in danger. I’ve lived in Kenya, Argentina, and Colombia for goodness sake.
What do I have to be afraid of? Someone robbing my chocolate chip cookies?
There are so many people around the world that can’t just pick up and go. I decided to go the Victoria Falls in less than 4 hours after I realized I couldn’t get a visa to South Sudan until Wednesday. Most of the people in the countries I have travelled to are worried about how to get out of their country, not about the latest Iphone 5. They dream about traveling to places where you can walk on water and seeing monumental glaciers that I consider to be one of the natural wonders of the world.
People from Israel aren’t even able to travel to the massive part of the world. Since they are required to be in the military after high school (secondary school), they aren’t able to travel to many countries with security risks until 5 years after their service. I personally know a friend in Kenya that has been waiting over a year to get a visa to go back to the states. A person that doesn’t need help paying her bills.
Just wanted to write this post to make you realize how lucky most of us are to be able to just go anytime we want. If you want to travel around the world then stop buying your $5 Mocha Frappa Dappa Duppa-ccinos , don’t buy that $1,000 TV that you watch pointless sports games on, and definitely consider buying the $100 fake replica of the Gucci & Prada purse. They are identical and most people won’t be able to tell the difference, trust me I used to sell them when I was younger.