I have been very lucky to be able to travel since I was a little kid. Now looking back it changed me a lot and in a same time my whole life, and I know that it will change me and my life in the future too.


For me it´s always very exciting to go aboard, new places, new people, new smells, whole new atmosphere. I try to get the most out of the place when traveling, observe even small details. Actually those small details are some of the memories that most easily stay in my mind, from the light smell of cinnamon in our hotel´s reception in Prague to what kind of shoes a stranger that helped us had in St. Petersburg. For me these type of small (for some people) insignificant seeming details mean a lot and they have left memories that stay for a long time.


Traveling teaches so many valuable lessons of a big variety of things, from appreciation for different cultures to some particular skills, for example communicating with all kinds of people. At some point of your trip you are almost always going to talk with a complete stranger (not just in hotel or restaurants) to ask for help or something else, of course you learn to communicate with all kinds of people but it´s also interesting to think about what that persons life is like, what is their story?


Traveling is probably the reason I got so interested in people, I find different cultures and behavioural differences between cultures very interesting. Understanding other cultures helps you understand and deal with other people better, it´s very beneficial in many situations.


Also traveling has been important in developing my interest to food and art among many other things. When I was younger I wasn't too excited about going to museums but we went anyway, I'm very glad we did, I got to see amazing museums and started to like them. Nowdays I might be the one who's like "Wait for me, I want to look at this (some work of art) a little more!" I learned to appreciate and enjoy art.


If any other one of my dreams couldn´t come true (I´ll make them come true tho) but I could travel around the world and see all kinds of amazing places I would be very happy, traveling gives me inspiration, motivation, it´s like fuel to me. There´s almost endlessly new places to go to, things to experience, people with interesting stories to meet and cultures to explore, it´s so exciting to me.


Traveling is one of the things I enjoy the most in life.


I see life as an adventure, a chance to do what you want, explore and make your dreams come true.


- Sara Kauppila

 


"The only thing I have to do in life is die; everything else is a choice."

- Kwon Ji Yong (G-Dragon)