I've always believed that traveling is the ultimate form of self-discovery. The moment you step foot in a foreign land, you're confronted with a new set of challenges that forces you to confront who you truly are.

As Hemingway once said, 'The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places.'

This rings true for travel as well. Every new country I visit, every new culture I experience, every new person I meet, chips away at the façade I've built up for myself. I'm forced to be more honest, more vulnerable, more authentic. It's a scary feeling, but it's also exhilarating. In the end, I always come back from my travels with a greater understanding of myself and my place in the world."


John Margolies, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons