Something that a fellow patient said to me was, “I will be an explorer, not just a traveler.” That quote has stuck with me since. To me, it means not just traveling from Point A to Point B, but it means to actually dig in deep and go exploring. The quote also reminds me of a famous quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson,

“Life is a journey, not a destination.”

I love traveling, and I wish I could spend more time traveling. I’ve been to a handful of international places: Japan, Turkey, Germany, Taiwan, and Thailand. Each country had its own unique culture, food, and atmosphere, and I fell in love with each. Japan, for it’s quirkiness and delicious food; Turkey, for it’s picturesque volcanic fair chimneys; Germany, for its hospitable people and efficiency; Taiwan, for its numerous historic monuments and amazing street food; and Thailand, for its temples and cheap eats.

I have so many places I’d love to travel to in the future, but as I recover my leave time, I’ll stick to local areas and the East Coast. I’ve only begun to chip away at the possibilities here, even in a 50 mile radius of where I live!