Recently, I was asked the meaning behind my blog title. The word journey means different things to different people. For me, it’s continuing story of my trip to Cape Town, South Africa.
This trip was the most life-changing experience for me, in every definition of the cliche.
A group of us traveled through home-stays understanding and appreciating the beautiful country of South. Our guide directors instilled a few theme lessons during the trip: one being “Trust the Journey.” We learned and were constantly reminded that every step of the trip was part of the journey. From the selection interview to participate in the trip, to the pre-homework, the 18 hours of flying to finally reach Cape Town, all the emotions and experiences of the 7 week trip, and even the departure. It was all part of the journey. Each emotional, frightening, exciting or aggravating step was part of the journey – accept it as such and keep going.
This lesson was ingrained in us during our scavenger hunt our first full day in a foreign city. Yeah, I wrote a post about that one, you can read it later (here).
We brought it up ourselves in laughs and irritations.
Finally after the most incredible 7 weeks, we began our departure. We fly from Cape Town to Johannesburg, and then had to catch a connecting flight to New York. It was a long 7 weeks. We were exhausted. But we still had another flight or two to actually get home. As we rushed to catch our connection, security slowed us down. The large bags and other items had to be scanned. Ugh!
But then we looked up, and laughed. On the wall at the Johannesburg airport was the sign “Love the Journey.” It was way too perfect. Yes, this airport crazy was part of the journey too!
For me, the journey wasn’t just the trip. It didn’t ended when I arrived home. My experience on this trip impacted me in more ways than I probably grasp now. I opened up a bit more as person. I understood more about myself and the world. And I gained a thirst for travel.
This blog connects all of those lessons I learned, and more. It’s my way of inspiring myself and hopefully to inspire you a bit.
Read my previous Trust the Journey post for a bit more about the trip.