“You don’t have to go abroad to experience travel” by Toni Elston

I have been unable to travel the world as I would like to yet, but I can still say, without a doubt, traveling has been my saving grace.

Growing up, most of the traveling I did was with my mom to whatever base she was living on- my mom was in the military but I wasn’t with her all the time. I think that’s where my love for travel and exploring comes from. Being able to get away from the everyday mundane activities that Alabama offered was a dream come true.  Just a 30-minute trip away or hours away from Alabama, and I was happy to get away.

There is a common misconception about travel, I’d like to point out.

Many people think traveling means to take a lengthy trip abroad. I don’t think that’s the case at all. I also believe that ideal was one of the things that held me back from traveling, until now. Taking lengthy trips wasn’t something I could afford and wasn’t even remotely accessible to me. Then I finally realized there is nothing wrong with a good inexpensive trip. I LOVE a good day trip. It allows you to get away for a change of scenery and allows you to experience different states or towns.

I realized my true appreciation for travel in November 2016 when I went to my favorite place so far: Seattle, Washington. Just getting off the plane from Atlanta to Seattle, the energies were so different for me. The air was clearer, the trees were greener and the sceneries were OUT OF THIS WORLD!

My grandparents live in Seattle and just a week long trip to Seattle had me 100% ready to make Seattle my forever home. Aside from the city’s beauty, everything was so peaceful. My mind didn’t run wild with the thoughts of stress that was back home, or how I was going to get my dream life.  Everything was just as perfect at that time. It was as if my mind went to the spa for a whole week. Most people feel this at the beach; and while I love the beach, I will take the rainy days in Seattle and Pike Place Market any day.

Traveling has helped me evolve. Through the roughest time of my life, I could pack up and come to Georgia. While I know neither Alabama and Georgia will be my forever home, it’s nice just having somewhere to go. Without being able to come to Georgia I would still be working a 9-5, unhappy with where I was going in life. Now, I can travel freely. I can be my own boss. I can live my best life.

Traveling helped me to understand I am a part of something bigger. There is so much going on in this world and I don’t feel the pressure to keep up with anyone across the world.  Instead, I feel the pressure to make the world a better place- and traveling plus spreading my words of love and positivity can do that.

My most recent trip showed me a lot. I took a trip to Myrtle Beach for less than 48 hours with my boyfriend. We basically were on the beach the whole time we were there. Just being on the water was almost like a rush. You are on a beach with water that reaches further than the eye can see. The water expands across the whole entire world and you are just in one small part.

Think about that… Think about the reach that water has. That’s the power of travel. Think about the depths of every continent. That’s the power of travel. People across the world can have an impact on cultural differences and experience. THAT IS THE POWER OF TRAVEL!

If you want to travel and feel as if you can’t there is a way. The options are endless. Don’t compare your life to the people who have access to constantly travel. I know the pictures on Instagram are super intriguing and it’s hard not to wish you were in that person’s position, but focus on your own come up.  When you are able to travel the way you want to you will be ten times more grateful, not just for being able to travel but for the process of getting there.

About the Author: Toni Elston

Toni is a lifestyle blogger who’s goal is to share her love for life and the little joys. She is incredibly passionate about travel, food, her dog, and making the world a better place. Toni is an avid reader and explorer who’s always into something new and adventurous. This sometimes gets her into sticky situations, but it’s worth it. Toni lives by the ideal that it is never too late to start over. Every year, month, day, second is a fresh start if you allow it to be. Make the best of every situation you are in and keeping a positive mindset is essential. Live your life to the fullest, and ALWAYS follow your dreams.

You can keep up with Toni at ToniElston.com

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