By Alexis Buxton-Collins
Published: Wednesday, May 20, 2020
With many borders still closed around the world, we reflect on all that travel has taught us, and explore the boundless opportunities awaiting when we can once again fly free.
By the time I was first ready to leave Australia on my own, I’d spent years planning the trip. The airfare alone could’ve paid for a decent car, and the planning took months. At the airport, I clutched a physical boarding pass, while my carry-on luggage included several phrasebooks, a giant Lonely Planet tome and a secret wallet full of traveller’s cheques. Those things have all become obsolete over the decades, but my motivation to explore the world remains the same.
Everyone travels for a different reason. Some people prioritise adventure, others relaxation, discovery or a sense of purpose, but most trips combine all of these elements.
When we’re away from home, we live life in a different way. Put simply, travel has the ability to change who we are.
Being in an unfamiliar place means we’re bombarded with new ideas and stimuli, activating parts of our brain we don’t usually use. Sometimes things don’t go as expected and we have to completely rearrange our plans. All of these experiences give us a different perspective on the world, equipping us with tools and stories for when we return.