Travelers know a lot and nothing.
Prior to my departure, I was busy making all necessary arrangements and preparations.
Then, first day in Rio and all plans were scrapped. I just went with the flow and disregarded all the plans I’ve made.
Why you may ask?
Because my life in Rio suddenly slowed down. The city has so much relaxing vibe that I’m taking my time in almost everything I do and just making the most out of each day even if it meant walking along the beach or around the city. Visiting the famous tourist spots took a back seat as I’m more inclined in doing what the locals or other travelers do, which meant parties every night, going to the beach at daytime, or just staying in especially when the weather is not cooperative.
Meeting other travelers or even locals has been a privilege as it changed my perspective on things especially with regards to future plans. Initial meetings would always start with “Hi! I’m… and I’m from..” then things would escalate from that. Conversations I’ve had recently would always revolve around future plans, not necessarily where to settle down, but rather where to go next or what to do after traveling, and strangely enough, when questions such as “where do plan to go next?” or “how long will you stay here?” or “how long do you plan on traveling?” would arise, the most common answer I would get is “I don’t know”.
I don’t know has become a perfectly acceptable answer in the world of wandering souls, not because these people haven’t got any plans or they don’t know any better but rather, they are too busy living in today. Their plans and schedules have become so flexible that at any given time, they can choose to leave, change routes or stay longer. It is so liberating not worrying about the future but don’t mistake it for evading responsibilities because dealing with survival and taking care of yourself in a foreign land are enough responsibilities to take on.
Everyone has their own reasons for entering this world but it’s still a matter of choice. Some are traveling for the experience of it, some to find themselves, and some believe that life is not meant to be lived in one place.
So whatever it is that made you decide to enter into this world, be very proud because not everyone is brave and daring enough to try what you have done.
It’s amazing how this world can bring endless opportunities and possibilities and almost always, you will not know the answers and it’s OK. The world is now your playground, so enjoy the ride, get crazy and make the best memories of your life.
“Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.” – Miriam Beard