Travel- Making the Most of the World

El Canal de Panama by Cynthia Edith Gurrola

El Canal de Panama

, a photo by 

Cynthia Edith Gurrola

 on Flickr.

The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page. -Saint Augustine

Traveling is a very important component of life. There is a lot more to this world than the page we are on and we can not read the rest unless we travel. It is when you travel that you find the world at its most humanistic instance and form. Though I sound life a hopeless romantic, my goal in life is to travel the world and give light to its beauty through my photographs.

These wishes are currently at a standstill due to college expenses, but in the past I have taken every possibility I could to travel. It is important to take full advantage when an opportunity to see the world presents itself. This is how I do it.

  • Find ways - Time and money are not an excuse for not traveling.  All my trips have been mostly through educational or service programs (that were free or very cheap). I've been to New York City three times and have have paid 300$ at the most for all three trips. One was funded by my school district since it was a leadership program for National Hispanic Institute. Another was for a service break that I got a scholarship for. My trip to Panama was funded in full by my speaking to my high school principal. The opportunities are there, all you have to do is seek, ask, and put in the work.
  • Take a chance - If an opportunity does come up, go with it. Do not be scared to take that chance, otherwise you will regret it in the future. Hop on that car or plane, see the world, and make the best out of it.
  • Stop and look - When you are abroad it is important to take in everything you see. Sometimes people are too focused on getting their photo posed in front of (insert cliche tourist attraction here) that they do not stop to truly observe it. While it may be important for you to take a photo in front of the Eiffel Tower or the Machu Picchu ruins, don't forget to pause and embrace their true beauty that draws people to it in the first place.
  • Write, capture, create -  In whichever way your creative juices flow, use them. Experiencing new things can change you and inspire you, utilize that to write, meditate, write a poem or a song, paint something, or capture an amazing photograph. Allow yourself to have something that will last a lifetime and will serve as a reminder of your experience.
  • Emerge yourself - Do not focus only on visiting the popular attractions, make sure you get a feel of the real culture of the place. While visiting the Panama Canal is important while in Panama, that is not where you will find authentic Panamanian people but rather a cluster of people from other places. Talk to people and visit the places where the locals go.
  • Get lost -  getting lost is the best way to learn more about a new place. Get on the subway and get off at a random stop or take a walk out on the city. An amazing new friend pointed out to me that,

We are never lost, we are always exploring.

Happy Travels,

Cynthia Edith Gurrola