It’s even better if you don’t make it about “you” at all, but instead about the people you are traveling with and/or the people you see and meet on the road. This is where the true joy of travel comes from. Seeing and interacting with other people whom you would normally not have the opportunity to encounter, and observing the people you love as they respond in new and interesting ways to situations and environments that are unknown to them. Too many people worry and obsess over how any particular activity they may choose to engage in will impact their own lives. How it will make them better or more interesting or more (insert good thing) and less (insert bad thing). Self improvement is a worthy goal but it cannot be, and should never be and end in and of itself. Especially with an activity as other human interactive (even if only observation) as travel it is imperative to not lose sight of that. Focus on that and you will find what are you are looking for and lose what you no longer need.

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