A friend of mine recently asked me, “what’s been your favorite trip?” I’ve gone on quite a few trips past two years and I guess it made sense for someone to ask me that question. However, I think my answer surprised him: “It’s always the most recent one.” Why I say and truly believe that is because to me all the travels have become this one huge journey that intertwines and builds on to one another.
On my trip to Oregon, I experienced a few firsts. First of all, it was my first time actually traveling alone. All of the previous destinations I’ve been to either I knew someone that live there or I traveled with someone. However, on this trip, I was pretty much running solo majority of the time. There was a small part of me that was nervous and scared to be alone for 9 days but I’ve been wanting to take a journey like this, alone, in an unfamiliar place, and my excitement overshadowed any other thoughts and emotions.
Looking back at it now I think everyone needs to experience traveling alone. Obviously, traveling to Oregon isn’t the most difficult thing to do since it’s in America. However, just being alone in unfamiliar surroundings brings your true self out and it is one of the rare opportunities to see the authentic and unfiltered self.
One of the main realization & reminder about myself is that as much as I love having alone time I love people and the community around me. Which led me to my next “firsts” and it was staying at a hostel. I stayed at the Travelers’ House for my last two nights only and I wish I decided to stay there from the beginning of my travels. I’ve fallen in love with listening to stories and my curiosity have grown intensely past several years, and being in a place full of open-minded, compassionate, and curious people I felt right at home.
Here’s what I wrote in my journal on my flight back home:
“I’m going back a happy and a tad bit wiser man. Oregon is a place full of amazing natural beauty and a place to feel the warmth of the innate human traits by not just the locals but the people that are attracted to the area. I am always amazed by the world and the people that are living on it. The connection that I feel to the people everywhere I go is so mesmerizing and you know what, that shit is addicting. That travel bug gives me the highest of highs and I’m sorry to say I ain’t never stopping.”