That international travel feeling

Tourist: Desiree Kane

Routine.

We all get stuck in it. Somewhere in between the to and fro we get in this circular madness that both blinds us and leaves us feeling dull. It’s nothing like the high of traveling, especially not internationally.

“Travel changes you. As you move through this life and this world you change things slightly, you leave marks behind, however small. And in return, life – and travel – leaves marks on you. Most of the time, those marks – on your body or on your heart – are beautiful.”
– Anthony Bourdain

Macau

There really isn’t anything that parallels the feeling of international travel. The smells are different, the people are different, and everything just seems more vibrant on the street where most people spend the majority of their time when traveling abroad. What we fail to see when we get home is that we can channel that amazing thing by changing one small thing about our daily routines: take alternative modes of transportation.

Paying specific attention to public transportation methods like the bus, subway, train, or light rail instead of hopping in your car day after day after day can re-open your eyes to the same foreign smells, interesting looking people, and public transportation affords the time to do what makes a routine dull in the first place. It affords you the time to just watch the world go by out the windows.  Even committing to taking other modes of transport for a weekend can be incredibly rejuvenating.

Tourist Tip: Take the bus!

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