Why I keep traveling

I have been traveling for a while. So far, I’ve been to 41 countries.

I always chose to go abroad to study or work when I could.

I went to China as an exchange student, and to do a Master’s program.

I loved living in Beijing, China. Everything was big and strange and new, it was a world I was very unfamiliar with.

I fell in love with the Chinese culture, starting with the food. The stir-fried vegetables and meat with ginger, garlic, soy sauce, oyster sauce, chili oil, all those delicious flavors and fiery aroma served with fresh cooked rice and noodles captured my heart.

The Chinese people were funny, friendly, and sometimes straightforward and sometimes not. It took me awhile to get hang of the language, but once I did, it was so much fun to converse in Chinese and use the tones like I was singing in normal conversation.

Beijing had very trendy bars as well as amazing restaurants in shopping malls to small alleyways and not to mention glittering nightclubs were you could go crazy so we were spoilt for choice. After a night out, buying a bowl from the illegal noodle guy on the street was the perfect hangover food. While there, I got to travel around the country, and boy was it beautiful and diverse, with different cultures, languages and foods all around. I also traveled to Southeast Asia frequently to relax by the islands to get away from the crowded and highly polluted Chinese capital.

During my early 20s I also had an opportunity to work in Kenya for 1 year. It was the experience of a lifetime, working at the UN and an NGO, as Nairobi was a beautiful city full of vibrant colors, cheeky people who love to dance laugh, and cool weather in the mornings and evenings. Going to the Masai Mara National Park and the East Coast to Mombasa and Diani spend vacation days were amazing treats. While there, I took the chance to travel to several different countries, such as South Africa, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe to the Victoria Falls.

Then, in 2019 I ended up in Mexico to work again for the UN. My life completely changed in the New World, as I came face to face with who I really am, namely my soul, and I decided to transform my life from that point on. I became aware of the spiritual plane, beyond the physical world. I began the long, slow, and difficult process of spiritual healing, of repenting my past, connecting to my inner self through meditation and taking better care of myself physically, emotionally, and mentally.

I’m still healing, trying to align my life toward what feels more authentic to me, and live a life that I can really call my own, and become a person who I really feel represents my inside. I have healed physically through yoga, a vegetarian diet, and healthy habits, while healing emotionally through understanding the pain that I went through as necessary processes which helped me to grow and evolve. Now, I am healing mentally, by trying to control my negative thoughts and trying to focus on the good and positive rather than letting my fears control me and paralyze me, like they did in the past.

I never would have learned such wisdom and grown personally if it hadn’t been for all my travels. I still have a lot to grow, and I know that there’s so much to see and experience outside of the country that I grew up in, South Korea. I just know that I’m meant to spend most of my life abroad, always traveling, growing, and learning, and. see and experience the most that I can while I’m alive.

Do you also feel this way? Let me know how you feel about traveling.

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