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Why Travel:
A Deeper Look

Before 2020, I spent four years of my life as a traveler. I built my calendar this way: travel was marked before anything else. Most months included one, if not two, trips.

Now, having not booked a flight in nearly a year, I am left soaking up one of travel’s greatest gifts: its ability to stay with us long after we’ve returned home.

katya warner rome

Why Travel:
A Deeper Look

Before 2020, I spent four years of my life as a traveler. I built my calendar this way: travel was marked before anything else. Most months included one, if not two, trips.

Now, having not booked a flight in nearly a year, I am left soaking up one of travel’s greatest gifts: its ability to stay with us long after we’ve returned home.

In my early twenties, lots of my coins went toward travel. I loved a good getaway (who doesn’t) and planned vacays for my family and friends regularly. These trips filled me and created shared memories that I cherish today.

My relationship with travel shifted when, in 2016, I quit my job, left home, and traveled the world solo for a year. This is when the real magic happened. This was travel in another realm.

Here is what I learned that year:

In my early twenties, lots of my coins went toward travel. I loved a good getaway (who doesn’t) and planned vacays for my family and friends regularly. These trips filled me and created shared memories that I cherish today.

My relationship with travel shifted when, in 2016, I quit my job, left home, and traveled the world solo for a year. This is when the real magic happened. This was travel in another realm.

Here is what I learned that year:

When we open ourselves to the world, the world opens itself to us.
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When we open ourselves to the world, the world opens itself to us.
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When I travel, I commit to being open. As uncomfy as it is, I push through my anxieties. I look people in the eye, start conversations, and trust my inner adventurer.

As a result of my commitment to openness, I've made real, lasting connections with real, amazing people.

When I was in Split, Croatia during that year of travel, I said yes to sitting at a restaurant table with other solo travelers. One of these travelers invited me to a bar to meet other new friends he'd made. I met said new friends at the bar and struck up a conversation with a pair of British sisters, Georgina & Fenella. They were young, bright, and phenomenal. This sisters and I ended up bumping into each other on the islands of the Dalmatian Coast over the next week. Months later, I stayed with Georgina for an extended weekend at her home in Wales. She, also a teacher, shared my passion for social justice and education. We went on sushi dates, sipped gin and tonics at bars, and talked into the early hours of morning. We were fast, deep friends. A year after that, we reunited in the Croatian sun. Months later, Georgina visited me in New York City. The following year, we drove the California coast together. Georgina is one of my dearest besties..and I owe my friendship with her to my willingness to awkwardly sit at a table full of traveling strangers.

When I travel, I commit to being open. As uncomfy as it is, I push through my anxieties. I look people in the eye, start conversations, and trust my inner adventurer.

As a result of my commitment to openness, I've made real, lasting connections with real, amazing people.

When I was in Split, Croatia during that year of travel, I said yes to sitting at a restaurant table with other solo travelers. One of these travelers invited me to a bar to meet other new friends he'd made. I met said new friends at the bar and struck up a conversation with a pair of British sisters, Georgina & Fenella. They were young, bright, and phenomenal. This sisters and I ended up bumping into each other on the islands of the Dalmatian Coast over the next week. Months later, I stayed with Georgina for an extended weekend at her home in Wales. She, also a teacher, shared my passion for social justice and education. We went on sushi dates, sipped gin and tonics at bars, and talked into the early hours of morning. We were fast, deep friends. A year after that, we reunited in the Croatian sun. Months later, Georgina visited me in New York City. The following year, we drove the California coast together. Georgina is one of my dearest besties..and I owe my friendship with her to my willingness to awkwardly sit at a table full of traveling strangers.

What gives value to travel is fear. It is the fact that, at a certain moment, when we are so far from our own country … we are seized by a vague fear, and an instinctive desire to go back to the protection of old habits … this is why we should not say that we travel for pleasure. There is no pleasure in traveling, and I look upon it more as an occasion for spiritual testing … Pleasure takes us away from ourselves in the same way as distraction, in Pascal’s use of the word, takes us away from God. Travel, which is like a greater and a graver science, brings us back to ourselves.
-Albert Camus
What gives value to travel is fear. It is the fact that, at a certain moment, when we are so far from our own country … we are seized by a vague fear, and an instinctive desire to go back to the protection of old habits … this is why we should not say that we travel for pleasure. There is no pleasure in traveling, and I look upon it more as an occasion for spiritual testing … Pleasure takes us away from ourselves in the same way as distraction, in Pascal’s use of the word, takes us away from God. Travel, which is like a greater and a graver science, brings us back to ourselves.
-Albert Camus
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Travel stretches us.

Travel is an act of courage. Like Camus notes, it is a spiritual testing. We leave our familiar comforts and venture to new spaces. We are made vulnerable. We are faced with challenges -- big and small -- throughout our experience.

There is a stretching that takes place when we act in this courageous way, one that leaves us tired and sore and at the same time expands and heals us.

Halfway through my year of solo globe trotting, I spent a few weeks in Northern India on a yoga retreat. I was a new kid on the mat and had no idea what a yoga retreat would entail, but went for it because, why not?

While my time in India did, in fact, involve physical malleability, it required mental, emotional, and spiritual stretching. The complete newness of India - the whirl of humans, cows, color, and holiness - pulled me outside of myself. The experience opened me so much that while lying under a mango tree in Varanasi, I got the idea to start a yoga retreat business of my own.

Travel is an act of courage. Like Camus notes, it is a spiritual testing. We leave our familiar comforts and venture to new spaces. We are made vulnerable. We are faced with challenges -- big and small -- throughout our experience.

There is a stretching that takes place when we act in this courageous way, one that leaves us tired and sore and at the same time expands and heals us.

Halfway through my year of solo globe trotting, I spent a few weeks in Northern India on a yoga retreat. I was a new kid on the mat and had no idea what a yoga retreat would entail, but went for it because, why not?

While my time in India did, in fact, involve physical malleability, it required mental, emotional, and spiritual stretching. The complete newness of India - the whirl of humans, cows, color, and holiness - pulled me outside of myself. The experience opened me so much that while lying under a mango tree in Varanasi, I got the idea to start a yoga retreat business of my own.

And if travel is like love, it is, in the end, mostly because it’s a heightened state of awareness, in which we are mindful, receptive, in dimmed by familiarity and ready to be transformed. That is why the best trips, like the best love affairs, never really end.
-Pico Iyer
And if travel is like love, it is, in the end, mostly because it’s a heightened state of awareness, in which we are mindful, receptive, in dimmed by familiarity and ready to be transformed. That is why the best trips, like the best love affairs, never really end.
-Pico Iyer
Travel is infinite.
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Long after we've unpacked our bags and put them away, the magic of travel lives on. Brought on by a scent or a photo or a piece of music, we are transported.

So now, as I sit in my sweats in LA for the umpteenth week, I am traveling.

Long after we've unpacked our bags and put them away, the magic of travel lives on. Brought on by a scent or a photo or a piece of music, we are transported.

So now, as I sit in my sweats in LA for the umpteenth week, I am traveling.

What's a lesson you learned from travel? Where are you traveling mentally? Connect with me on IG and let me know!

-Katya

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What's a lesson you learned from travel? Where are you traveling mentally? Connect with me on IG and let me know!

-Katya

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