This picture always brings a smile in my face. My first trip to India, to Mysore. And of course what do you do on your first trip? Soak it all up, get slapped by a kid while doing a photoshoot. And while the idea of travelling now seems so far from reality, pictures and memories like this help in traveling in the mind. It brings back recollections of sights and sounds and emotions.
I have always loved to travel, to be in a new place, to immerse into another culture. And travelling for me lets me discover another part of myself in the process. It opens up another reality, if one is open to it. Travelling lets you leave the present worries of wherever you are at the moment and be somewhere else, physically and mentally. Your reality in your 'life' gets a pause and you let yourself be in another reality, another breathing space. And it can be overwhelming but you also know, it is a temporary state, you can come back to what it was before. There is so much in this world to discover, so many beautiful places, beautiful experiences and beautiful people to meet.
With the recent events, most of my travelling now is done by foot, around Antwerp. But even Antwerp, everyday I see something different, experience different things, come across different kinds of people. So for now my travel might be limited to this but I find it beautiful none the less. I feel blessed to be where I am now and to be happy and to be healthy.
Of course I miss my family and my friends. And I miss experiencing travelling. But I know that there will be a time and place for that. I will enjoy it when I can. There is also technology nowadays that lets us be connected to loved ones and allows us to travel in the comfort of our own home. It is definitely different than being there, it does help somehow.
Stay inspired, keep travelling, keep safe.