We do not travel only to explore new cities, taste new foods or discover new seas but also for the people we meet along the way. In 11 years of travelling I have met people from all corners of the world, the cultures, languages, opinions and smiles I have discovered is the best reward I could have asked for. We travel with our eyes and hearts open, we welcome in strangers who become our best friends and we also learn the real meaning of friendship.
Travelling has filled my life with joy, laughter and excitement but it has given me sadness too. There are many people that have met along my travels that I will probably never see again, some their lives have grown along one path and mine along another, some simply live too far away in a place I would never visit again and some I have already said goodbye knowing that we will not get the chance to see each other again. As much as you will meet people who will be significate in your life there will be insignificants too, these people will come and go. I have also met people who I believed would be friends after my travels but I soon realised that they were friends of that situation or moment and as soon as that time passes so does that friend. Let’s not forget the ones who weren’t who you thought, the world is a fickle place some people change their opinions, friends or priorities like the next day. Filter through these people and you will be left with a hand full that you are lucky call your friends.
When we travel we meet people with similar interests to us, people looking for something more in their life and this often builds a bond that cannot be broken. Some of the best relationships I have now were made whilst working at sea, I may not see some of these people again but they will forever be a part of my life.
Returning home from our travels is always something we look forward to but after a while we realise that sharing your adventures and stories with your friends at home is not the same as sharing them with the people you met whilst travelling. No one can understand the life that you have lived during these months better that the friends you lived it with.
You share your adventures with them and they show you a different way of life.
‘You will never be completely at home again, because part of your heart will always be elsewhere. That is the price you pay for the richness of loving and knowing people in more than place’
Little pieces of my heart are spread across the world; I am thankful for the people who have stolen them.